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This April 8th, join us and 600 students from across the nation for 24 hours of creation, innovation, and fun. All are welcome to join, from seasoned coding veterans to first-time hackers from any major or field. Discover your ability to create change by developing technology to solve real-world problems, get mentored by industry professionals, and enjoy tons of free food, swag, prizes, and much more!

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General

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.

Can high schoolers come?

Anyone in highschool and over the age of 18 may participate with a valid ID.

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!

What is the Code of Conduct?

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

Participation

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.

How many people can be on a team?

Teams may 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!

How do I get there?

The easiest way to get to State College is either by driving or taking a Megabus. We will be providing reimbursement for cars traveling with two or more hackers. See the map section below for more details.

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How long is the hackathon?

The hackathon runs from 11:30am Saturday to 4:30pm Sunday, with hacking starting at 1:00pm Saturday and concluding 1:00pm Sunday, for a total of 24 hours.

Do I need to pay anything?

No, the event is completely free to attend!

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.

Is there travel reimbursement?

Yes! We offer up to $50 in reimbursement if you are travelling with two or more people.

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Intro to Hackathons

Never been to a hackathon? Don't worry! Come attend Albert Guo's workshop, where he describes the ins and outs of Hackathons and how to make the most out of your time with us!

Location: First Floor, Room 121
Time: 10:30AM - 11:30AM


Location: First Floor, Room 125
Time: 3:00PM - 4:00PM

Team Building
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Hackathons can be a daunting experience for those joining us without a team. We recognize this, and offer an hour long team-building session right after opening ceremony where you can pitch an idea you're itching to create, or hear someone else's and join forces. Head to room 124 after opening ceremony to find your dream team and meet other hackers!

Location: First Floor, Room 124
Time: 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Entrepreneurship Workshops

Want to make your own business? Have ideas that you're dying to show the world? Well, we have a workshop just for you. In this workshop, Peter Whalen takes you through the fundamentals of what entrepreneurship is and why there is no better time then now to consider starting your own business.

Location: First Floor, Room 121
Time: 3:00PM - 4:00PM

Intro to Coding Workshops

You don't need to know anything, and we mean anything about coding to enjoy HackPSU. We offer multiple introductory workshops that serve as a great foundation for getting your feet wet with programming, so you can jump start your project. Listed below are some awesome beginner workshops.

Intro to HTML and CSS
Location: First Floor, Room 121
Time: 4:15PM - 5:15PM

Getting started with the programming language of the internet: Javascript
Location: First Floor, Room 126
Time: 5:00PM - 6:00PM

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Getting to the Business Building

From I-99 South: take exit 73 toward Penn State University onto Park Avenue. At the light, turn left onto Bigler Road.

From 322 West: take the last exit towards Beaver Stadium. It will take you onto Park Avenue. At the light, turn left onto Bigler Road.

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! All rooms in the Business Building are designated as hacking spaces.

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.

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Questions? Comments?
Reach out on our social media or shoot us an email at team@hackpsu.org!
MLH Code of Conduct found here.