This April 7th, join us and over 600 students from across the nation for 24 hours of creation, innovation, & fun. From seasoned coding veterans to first-time hackers from any major or field, all are welcome to join. Discover your ability to create change by developing technology to solve real-world problems, working with industry leaders, and collaborating with your peers. Of course, we also offer free food, swag, prizes, and much more for your enjoyment!
What is a hackathon?
Pretty much the coolest thing ever.
Hackathons foster a sense of community, drive innovation, and build the technical leaders of the future. Here at HackPSU, our goal is to create a collaborative environment where people can both innovate and learn new skills.
Do I need a team?
Not at all! While some people may come with teams ready, many others will not have created teams yet, or may only have partial teams. Before the event begins, we will have a team building workshop for all participants who need teams.
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.
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!
How long is the hackathon?
The hackathon runs from 12:30pm Saturday to 5:30pm Sunday, with hacking starting at 2:00pm Saturday and concluding 2:00pm Sunday, for a total of 24 hours.
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.
Can high school students come?
Anyone in high school, who is over the age of 18 at the date of the event, may participate with a valid ID.
How many people can be on a team?
Teams are limited to a maximum of 5 people.
What in heaven's name is Slack?
Throughout the event we will be using Slack and push notifications to communicate news. Watch for push notifications during the event on the live site. If you've never used Slack, here's a quick introduction!
What are the conduct guidelines?
Don't bring any firearms, knives, weapons, drugs, or alcohol. Don't use an old project. Also, please read the Major League Hacking Code of Conduct. Our team members will enforce this code throughout the event. We are expecting cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody. Basically be nice to everyone, which ensures that all guests have a positive experience at our hackathon!
How much does it cost?
$0! The event is completely free to attend!
Is there travel reimbursement?
Yes! We are offering hackers who carpool with 2+ people $60 in reimbursements, and hackers who carpool with 4+ people $75 in reimbursements. We may offer more on a case by case basis.
Who can register?
We welcome participants who are:
18+ in age as of April 7th, 2018
Undergraduate or graduate students
From any university - not limited to Penn State students
Any skill level - beginner through advanced
How do I get there?
The hackathon will take place at Penn State's Business Building. Its full address is:
210 Business Building,
University Park, PA 16802
Click the maps location for GPS directions!