What is a hackathon?
According to Wikipedia, a hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is an event in which computer programmers and others in the field of software development, like graphic designers, interface designers and project managers collaborate intensively on software projects. We like to define it a little more casually: a 12 hour time period in which you get the chance to build whatever you want.
Do I need to be able to code to participate?
It definitely helps but is by no means a requirement. If you don’t know how to code (or don’t know how to apply the skills you’ve learned in class to the real world), come to Hack Week and we’ll teach you! We also divide teams into a beginner and an advanced division so you’ll only be competing against teams with similar levels of experience.
Why is it overnight?
Because doing things overnight is way more badass. Plus, it means no distractions, freedom to take over the entire building, and the romance of watching the sun rise.
Why should I participate?
When was the last time you built something amazing? Something that wowed your friends and family? Something that you could put on your resume that would earn you the eternal stamp of ‘badass’? Now’s your chance to answer all of those questions in a single night. Plus, we’ll have tons of food, crazy cool prizes, and some first-class people.
How do I find a team?
Teams can have a maximum of 4 members. You’re encouraged to find your own team – pair up with friends, classmates, or random people you see in the CS labs! We don’t require team registration, so just show up to the hackathon with your teammates and you’re good to go. If you’re having trouble finding a team, shoot us an email and we’ll help match you with other students at a similar experience level.
Food and prizes, you say?
Yes, lots of food and lots of prizes. We always keep a fully-stocked food area complete with clementines, Oreos, tomatoes, Pop-Tarts, and tons more. Plus a food truck. This semester, by popular demand, we’re bringing back the Crepes Bonaparte truck for a full three hours of serving.