The C.A.V.E. (Collaborative Academic Versatile Environment) is located on the second floor of the Hill Bldg Annex in Room 252.  Part of the Computer Science Instructional Labs, the CAVE was designed to allow students to create their own atmosphere for collaboration and group projects. 


This spring we have SaraAnn Stanway as manager,  We fill out the roster with Bhavan, Seth, John and Bhavesh as the crafty veterans, Tina, Yoni and Emily as the solid base and Greenhorn Ben Yang.  Mihai Andre returns to action as well so we have a returning CAVE veteran!

CAVE dwellers of the past and present reunite.

2017 – Second.  RU has been in the top three for three straight years.


Check out former iLab Assistant and CAVE alumna Jade Yee as she talks about the CAVE and Hack RU at Devpost Commit.

The CAVE has ten iLab computers, couches, chairs, a ten person bungee conference room table, large amounts of whiteboard space and a 60″ LCD HDTV for gaming and presentations.  There’s also consoles for gaming, four rolling whiteboards, a projector for presentations and an eighty-eight inch SMART board.  It’s one part collaborative computer lab, one part CS student lounge and one part recitation/presentation space.  The CAVE acts as the unofficial home of USACS, WCS, COGS and FizzBuzz.

Over the winter break, as 2018 gave way to 2019, we painted the CAVE and put in new carpet!  Come see!

We have moved the Hackerspace (formerly roon 254) downstairs to 120 where the high ceilings are better for the drones!!  Check out the new collaborative lab in 254 (We call it the “Meltdown” lab).

The CAVE encompasses Hill 252 and Hill 250.  The main iLab hall now consists of the Hack-R-space, two rooms of the CAVE, the command center in 248 and the quiet new lab space in 254.  The CAVE is a staffed facility and is available to the students from 1pm to 11pm Monday thru Thursday, 1pm to 6pm on Fridays as well as Sundays from 3-11.  We hold recitations on Wednesdays in the AM this spring.  Friday features Hacker Hour at 6pm.  If you have any questions about the CAVE please drop Lars (see below for email) a line.

Also remember our other programs and spaces..

Spring 2019

Hack RU  is coming to the RAC again this Spring, March 9th and 10th.  Last Spring the event had well over 700 participants!  Find a way to stop in see the monster that the students have created.

HackHERS returns this spring on Feb 16th and 17th.  Come to the female themed hackathon over at Cook campus!  HackHERS is now in its fifth year!

Hill 254 and Hill 248.  The iLabs includes Hill 254, formerly a classroom to the right of the CAVE.  A good contrast from the busy CAVE, it’s a quiet place for students to work on their assignments or have recitations.  Students (those taking a CS class or a declared CS major) will have 24/7 access to this space.  248, the command center, is located on the second floor of the Hill Annex (to the left of the CAVE) and is ideal for collaborative work as well as coursework with its 10 multi-monitored workstations.  248 has just been refurbed and we have added a video wall as well.  It’s a good spot for graduate students and students tending to their coursework.

  Hack-R-space – Charles McGrew makes the Hack-R-space (rm 120 downstairs) available to students and faculty in order to create projects and to help bring cool ideas to fruition.  3D printing, Robotics, Oculus Rifts, Musical instruments (bass, guitar, drums), you name it and the Hack-R-space can help you make a project.  Contact Charles ( for more information.

 Code Red – Code Red is the undergraduate tutoring program.  Run in Hill 248 on Wednesdays from 5pm to 8pm and Thursdays from 2pm to 5pm this Fall.  This is where student tutors provide tutoring for their classmates.  This program takes advantage of the drop in model (no appointments, can come in pairs or groups) and peer instruction (no grown ups allowed) in order to make the experience more inviting.  We specialize in CS111 and CS112 but have provided tutoring for nearly every class in the curriculum at this point.

This semester we are utilizing a Video Wall to provide tutoring to the Loree Learning Center on Douglass campus during Code Red as well.  Students on Douglass can go to Loree during Code Red hours and talk to our tutors on Busch!

If you identify a student who may need tutoring services please send them to Code Red or contact Lars.



COGS – WiCS – USACS – FizzBuzz – The CAVE and the iLabs act as the official headquarters of our university clubs. 

USACS – The CAVE and the iLabs act as the official headquarters of our university clubs including, of course, USACS.  They meet weekly in the CAVE and are the flagship CS club at Rutgers.  President  SaraAnn Stanway leads the group this year.  They organize and run the RU Hackathons (Fall and Spring) as well as other CS related events.

WiCS –  Aroshi Rathmore is now the President of WCS, the Women in Computer Science Club.  Our WCS club is one of the strongest in the northeast and is extremely well thought of at the national level as well.  Ping Elina if you want to know what they have to offer.

COGS – Near and dear to my heart is COGS, the Creation of Games Society.  Club president Eric Roberts helms the outfit.  They meet weekly and discuss the development of video games with the goal of teaching students the basics of game creation and to act as a hub for game development at the university.  Students in COGS compete in local game jams and attend gaming events in NJ and NYC together.


FizzBuzz –  Fizz Buzz, named for the infamous computer science interview problem, tackles problems and questions computer science students face during an interview process.  In order to ensure that students understand the interview process and interview questions, they will be receiving assistance from faculty, alumni, and fellow students who already have experience in the industry. It’s very cool stuff.  Tina Janulis is the 2018/19 president of Fizzbuzz.

USACS Hacker Hour

Hacker hour, presented by USACS members every friday evening, lets students inform their classmates about APIs, Frameworks and popular cutting edge tools.  Rutgers CS is now placing new graduates at Google and other top tier companies because we provide the critical theoretical background they need with their coursework as well as exposure to these modern techniques and tools.  Hacker hour has become an indispensable part of the RU CS undergraduate experience and the USACS bunch is to be commended for this program.  Hacker Hour happens at the CAVE on Friday evenings at 6pm.  Come early, it gets crowded.

The CAVE is a staffed facility and is open for students from 1pm to 11pm on Monday through Thursday, 1pm to 6pm on Fridays and 3-11 on Sunday.  Always.

Friends of the CAVE

Visit Lori Dars and the entrepreneurial folks at CASTLE

Visit other unique collaborative spaces here at Rutgers


Every now and again people have kind words for the CAVE, check out the PR…

Manny & Sam

Biggie and Shahan having fun at a Hackathon.

Contact Lars Sorensen at ‘‘ for weekend and morning scheduling information.