// Come create create_ with us.

On April 9th, five-hundred students from across the region will come together for 24 hours of creation, innovation and fun. Anyone is welcome to join, from seasoned coding veterans to first-time hackers from any major or field. Discover how you can create change by developing technology to solve real world problems, get mentored by industry professionals, and enjoy tons of free food, free stuff, and awesome prizes!

HackPSU is hosted with support from IST Startup Week, Penn State EdTech Network, College of Engineering and College of Information Sciences and Technology.




Introducing the Club Cup

We're raising the stakes. This year we are offering a new prize: the HackPSU Club Cup! Does your club have what it takes to win? Any official Penn State club may sponsor up to 2 teams to compete for glory. The winning team will receive a club pizza party, $500 donation towards their club or organization, and a magnificient trophy. Register individually now, and register your club team upon checkin.

Club teams are eligable to win any prize offered at HackPSU in addition to the Club Cup.

// Event schedule

Schedule will continue to be updated as we draw closer to the event!

saturday 04/09

10:00AM check-in begins
12:00PM opening ceremony
01:00PM lunch/hacking begins
04:00PM workshops
07:00PM dinner
12:00AM midnight snack

sunday 04/10

08:30AM breakfast
12:00PM lunch
01:00PM hacking ends
01:30PM expo
02:30PM closing ceremony
04:00PM departure

// frequently asked questions

What is a hackathon?

Pretty much the coolest thing ever. Hackathons create a framework for people to work together to solve many problems we face today using technology, drive innovation, and build for the future.

Who can participate?

MLH Hackathons are open to any student currently enrolled in full time higher education. Graduates who graduated less than a year ago may also attend.

Can high schoolers come?

High schoolers (minors/under 18) may attend given that they have a chaperone. Anyone in highschool and over 18 may participate with a valid ID.

Do I need to pay anything?

No, the event is completely free to attend!

Do I need a team?

Some people will have organised themselves into teams before the event, but many won't have or may only have partial teams. Don't worry if you're on your own, once you're at the event, we can help you pair up with other hackers to make an awesome team!

How many people can be on a team?

Team sizes can be up to 5 people, and of course you can always have fewer!

What should I bring?

You'll need a laptop, or some kind of device you can program on. You might also want to bring a toothbrush/toiletries. Make sure to have your student ID for check-in!

What about food?

Food, drinks and snacks will all be provided for free!

How do I get there? Are there buses?

The best way to get to State College is by either driving or taking a Megabus, Greyhound, or Fullington bus. We will be sending out several buses to other schools in the region, which will be announced closer to the event.

What is the Code of Conduct?

The MLH Code of Conduct ensures that all participants guests have a positive experience at our hackathon!

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