Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon Season

This November 4th, join us and nearly 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, get mentored by industry professionals, and enjoy tons of free food, swag, prizes, and much more!

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Intro to Hackathons

Never been to a hackathon? Don't worry! Come attend our Introduction to Hackathons workshop, where we describe the ins and outs of Hackathons and how to make the most out of your time with us!

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.

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, we will take you on a journey where you can take any idea, maybe your hackathon project, and take it to market! Come to this workshop to learn about the fundamentals of what entrepreneurship is and how you can start your own business.

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. Attend some of our beginner coding workshops where you can learn the basics of coding from everything from HTML and CSS to Javascript!

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Special thanks to our partner, the EdTech Network, for all of their dedication and support in helping us grow HackPSU.

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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. Here at HackPSU, our goal is to create a colloborative environment where people can both innovate and learn new skills.

Can high schoolers come?

Anyone in highschool, who is over the age of 18, may participate with a valid ID.

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.

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 are limited to a maximum of 5 people.

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?

HackPSU is taking place in the Westgate building on campus this year (formerly IST).
The official address is:

Information Sciences and Technology Building,
University Park, PA 16802

The easiest way to get to State College is either by driving or taking a Megabus. We will be providing up to $75 in reimbursement for those travelling with 2 or more people, with exceptions made on a case by case basis.

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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.

How much does it cost?

$0! 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 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.

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Getting to the Westgate Building

HackPSU is taking place in the Westgate building on campus this year (formerly IST). The official address is: Information Sciences and Technology Building, University Park, PA 16802. The easiest way to get to State College is either by driving or taking a Megabus. We will be providing up to $60 in reimbursement for those travelling with 2 or more people ($75 for those with 4 or more), with exceptions made on a case by case basis.

More detailed directions can be found here.

Check in will begin at 11 AM. Please have a valid ID!