“The word "hackathon" is a portmanteau of the words "hack" and "marathon", where "hack" is used in the sense of playful, exploratory programming, not its alternate meaning as a reference to computer crime.” A hackathon is a time and a place for you to make something. Doesn’t matter if it’s a web app, a mobile app, a desktop app, or something in between.
Doesn’t matter. Turn up. If you’re interested in learning how to code, a hackathon is the perfect environment. If you’re more of a design or business type of person, find a team and ship your idea in a day.
Teams should be at most 4 people total. You can hack alone, but it'll be less fun! Teamwork is a valuable skill.
There will be idea pools, and multiple groups looking for extra members. Just come and talk to an organizer.
There will be buses from major schools. If you are coming from a school that we are not sending a bus to, we will most likely cover part or all of your travel costs. If you are coming from another country, you are allowed to attend as long as you are able to enter the US.
RPI is the first completly hacker driven hackathon. Hackers choose the prizes, the rules, and even some of the finalists.
Absolutely! You will have to have a parent or legal guardian fill out your waiver prior to the event and you're good!
Recent Grads can definitely still register and attend, but unfortunately, you and your team will not be able to win main prizes of the event. You may be able to win API prizes, if the companies giving them out are cool with it.
We will have hardware kits that don't require soldering, couretsy of MLH. We love hardware hacking and are looking into ways to allow you guys to make any kind of hardware hack you'd like.