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On November 12th, four-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!




// frequently asked questions

What is a hackathon?

Pretty much the coolest thing ever. Hackathons create a framework for people to work together to solve problems, 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?

Anyone in highschool and over the age of 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! Make sure to let us know of any dietary restrictions when you register.

How do I get there? Are there buses?

The easiest way to get to State College is either by driving or taking a Megabus. We will be sending out several buses to other schools in the region, and providing reimbursement for cars traveling with two or more hackers.

What is the Code of Conduct?

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

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// Venue

// Arrival

Check in will begin at 10 AM in the foyer of the Business Building, located near the corner of Park Avenue and Shortlidge Road. Please have a valid ID!

Parking is free for the weekend in the East Parking Deck, a quick stroll from the Business Building and right behind the Berkey Creamery. If you get lost driving through campus, just look for signs for the Creamery, because they are *literally* everywhere.


Since we are sharing the building with another event, there are certain areas that are off limits to hackers. The map shows which areas are accessible to our guests.


Penn State students - please use the PSU WiFi network to avoid overloading the guest network. Non-Penn State students can use the 'attwifi' network or 'eduroam'. Contact us in case you require special access to wifi for devices such as the Echo.

// Schedule

// Info

  • Another organization, PHUNC, will be using a small portion of the building throughout the weekend. We ask that you do not use or enter the facilities claimed by PHUNC, or interupt the attendees present for their event. Their facilities will be clearly marked both inside the venue and on our building map.
  • All participants must be older than 18, and must bring a valid form of identification.
  • Participants must abide by the expectations set in the MLH Code of Conduct, or you will be asked to leave the event.
  • Teams may be comprised of up to five members.
  • Projects should be original works created on site. Coming with an idea in mind is perfectly fine, working on an existing project is not.
  • All submissions must be recieved through DevPost by 1:00PM on Sunday.
  • Students are permitted to come and go from the venue as they please.
  • Anything you create is your work, HackPSU and its partners have no claim over intellectual property produced at the event.
Our goal at HackPSU is to inspire hackers to be innovative with their hacks. Any hacks that approach problems in a new way will be given special consideration.
The harder the hack is to create, the more impressed we’ll be. We want to see the problem tackled, how the solution is architectured for that problem, and what technologies were used to bring that solution to life.
Bonus points for using new, advanced technologies, or even technologies hackers created during the hackathon.
For the most part, one of the hardest parts in creating a hack is considering its aesthetic. We want to give credit to those hacks that are beautifully designed, bug-free, and easy to use.
The team has to convey their ideas in a way that is understandable to the audience. They need to ensure that any technical terms and jargon are not left for the audience to interpret.
Sometimes, hacks tend to be more than just cool projects as they tend to be capable of disruption in some field or space. We’ll be looking out for hacks that are specifically useful to certain groups of people or entire fields.
COIL/EDTECH JUDGING CRITERIA 1. Importance/Prevalence of the identified issue
2. Creativity and feasibility of the proposed solution
3. Quality of the solution and/or presentation of the idea
1. A solution that works!
- Should be function, although does not need to be pretty (no need to spend a lot of time on UI components)
2. Solution must incorporate an open source health related API or mobile technology
- Must be able to pull data or otherwise demonstrate integration
3. Presentation (Clear, Concise, Captivating)
- No need to have a powerpoint
- Does not need to be on a mobile device
4. Originality
- No need to conduct full market analysis, but should acknowledge existing products
IBM JUDGING CRITERIA Innovation via API usage.
- Innovative exploitation of multiple Watson API Services on IBM's Bluemix.
Impact via a true improvement.
- Provides a palpable impact to the student experience at Penn State.
Future potential or growth via big data.
- Clear future deployment or growth potential such as via mobile application capability or incorporating more extensive data to provide big data analytics.
How novel is your implementation of LabVIEW? Does it do something cool?
How much did you utilize LabVIEW in your project?
How well does your LabVIEW code work?

DONALD CLARK - AI, VR, and AR: Business Building 110

Artificial intelligence (AI) is now the most potent force in IT and will shape learning technology far into the future. During this keynote, Professor Donald Clark will debunk some myths about AI and provide real examples of AI used now in content creation, feedback, assessment and spaced practice. In addition he will talk about virtual reality (VR) + augmented reality (AR) as reviving ‘learning by doing’ and their power to democratize experience.

Donald Clark is an EdTech entrepreneur and was CEO and one of the original founders of Epic Group plc, which established itself as the leading company in the UK online learning market, floated on the Stock Market in 1996 and sold in 2005, now CEO of Wildfire Ltd. he also invests in, and advises, EdTech companies. Describing himself as ‘free from the tyranny of employment’, he is a board member of Cogbooks, LearningPool, WildFire and Deputy Chair of Brighton Dome + Arts Festival as well as a Visiting Professor at The University of Derby and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

Donald has over 30 years experience in online learning, games, simulations, semantic, adaptive, social media, mobile learning, virtual reality and AI projects and is an award winning speaker at national and international conferences, having delivered keynotes in Europe, US, Africa, Australia, Middle and Far East.…… also a regular (and controversial) blogger (10 years+) on learning technology.

Reimbursement paperwork will be handled from 8:00 PM to Midnight at the information table in the Buisness Building Lobby. Students traveling by car with at least one other passenger will be reimbursed up to $50 guaranteed. Reimbursements over $50 will be handled on a case by case basis (be sure to get in touch with us!)**. Valid receipts are required for use to be able to refund you, so be sure to bring them!
**Applies only to those who haven't already contacted us! If you've already reached out, you're covered.

1. Create a Github account if you do not have one already.

2. Go to our Devpost event.

3. Log in using your Github account.

4. Create a git repository for your project. Need help? Check out this article.

5. Add a project on DevPost and tell us what you've built. Add the url for your git repository. Submit!

Time Title Instructor Description Location

Hardware rentals are provided by MLH and can be signed out at hardware.mlh.io. Rented items can be picked up in the Atrium. The hardware room will be closed from 2 AM to 8 AM.

Name Quantity
Business Building Time Forest Resources Building Time
Atrium/Foyer 11/11: 1:00 PM through 11/14 12:00 PM 001 Saturday 10 AM through Sunday 4 PM
004 9:00 PM Saturday through 4:00 PM Sunday 104 Saturday 10 AM through Sunday 4 PM
110 4:30 PM Saturday through 4:00 PM Sunday 105 Saturday 10 AM through Sunday 4 PM
119A 3:30 PM Saturday through 3:30 PM Sunday 107 Saturday 10 AM through Sunday 4 PM
119B Noon Saturday through 3:30 PM Sunday 417 Saturday 10 AM through Sunday 4 PM
123A 6:00 PM Saturday through 3:30 PM Sunday
123A 6:00 PM Saturday through 3:30 PM Sunday
123B Noon Saturday through 3:30 PM Sunday
123C Noon Saturday through 1 PM Sunday
123D Noon Saturday through 3:30 PM Sunday
123E Noon Saturday through 3 PM Sunday
123F Noon Saturday through 3:30 PM Sunday
120 8:00 AM Saturday through 4:00 PM Sunday
121 8:00 AM Saturday through 4:00 PM Sunday
122 8:00 AM Saturday through 4:00 PM Sunday
124 5:00 PM Saturday through 4:00 PM Sunday
125 8:00 AM Saturday through 4:00 PM Sunday
126 8:00 AM Saturday through 4:00 PM Sunday
213 1:00 PM Saturday through 4:00 PM Sunday
217 8:00 AM Saturday through 4:00 PM Sunday
301 8:00 AM Saturday through 4:00 PM Sunday
337 8:00 AM Saturday through 4:00 PM Sunday
353 8:00 AM Saturday through 4:00 PM Sunday
387 8:00 AM Saturday through 4:00 PM Sunday
401 8:00 AM Saturday through 4:00 PM Sunday
442 8:00 AM Saturday through 4:00 PM Sunday
453 8:00 AM Saturday through 4:00 PM Sunday
487 8:00 AM Saturday through 4:00 PM Sunday
120 8:00 AM Saturday through 4:00 PM Sunday

// Get in touch

Questions? Comments?
Reach out on our social media or shoot us an email at team@hackpsu.org!