We love interdisciplinary work that helps for a sense of community among hackers, especially those with different backgrounds. One successful project created last year was Birdsong, a twitter bot that analyzes the feel of a haiku and plays music accordingly. It was created by students from Northeastern, Berklee and UMass Amherst!
Last year, our 130 attendees came from schools all over the Boston area including Northeastern, Boston University, Harvard, UMass Boston, Colby College and more. With a wide variety of majors such as computer science, audio technology, psychology, political science, and more, we love seeing what happens when we invent together.
At HackBeanpot we encourage trying something new! Mentors from various companies are here to guide hackers as they try new technologies. There’s also various tech talks that are given throughout the weekend. Previous tech talks included topics such as ReactJS and designing great user interfaces.
While hackers do have a limited time to work on projects, we also like to have fun! Last year during HackBeanpot 2017, we had the first ever Water Olympics, a flavored water testing competition! We also have had exciting prize categories such as Most Fun and Least Likely To Make Money, so don’t fret about being the most technically advanced project.
We have seen some really unique projects in the past. Some highlights of HackBeanpot 2017 include Secure Stash, a pill/liquor cabinet that uses facial recognition to prevent the abuse of drugs and alcohol, and Infinity Warp Drive, a solution to get free unlimited cloud storage. Check them and other past projects here!
The name HackBeanpot actually came from the Beanpot hockey tournament that happens around the same time! With sponsors consisting of local tech companies, such as Genuine, our host for 2018, and other local businesses we love celebrating Boston culture.
A hackathon is an event where people come together to work collaboratively to create technology. Attending a hackathon is a great way to meet and work with new people, come up with exciting ideas, and learn interesting technologies.
Tickets will be released on Thursday, November 30th. Check out our social media or sign up for our mailing list to get the latest information.
In the past, there have been about 100-130 attendees. This year we are looking to expand to around 200 attendees.
Yes! People with all levels of experience attend HackBeanpot. If you get stuck, we have mentors to provide assistance. We care much more about fostering an environment where you can have fun and learn, than making an environment that only attracts an elite group of hackers. You can check out some of our old blog posts for some advice for first time hackers.
Mentors will be available throughout the hackathon to help teams with their project. They can help with bugs, API's, and other tools, but cannot write any code for you.
You can make anything you want, as long as it follows our Code of Conduct! This is a great place to learn new things, or show off your existing skills to build something equally as awesome. If you're looking for inspiration, some companies will also offer prompts and themes during the event. You can also what hackers developed in previous years.
Yes! HackBeanpot Inc. is not affiliated with any university, and is open to everyone who is at least 16 years old. This also includes grad students! If you will be under 18 at the start of the event, please contact us at [email protected] to fill out extra paperwork before the event.
Unfortunately, we are not able to provide travel reimbursements.
If you want to, sure! Better yet, you can also attach a resume to your registration, and we'll pass it along to our sponsoring companies. This way you can focus on building cool things instead of getting your resume to the recruiters present at the event.
No there aren't. You can work with whoever you want. We suggest team sizes of 3–4 purely because those are easier to work with. Just keep in mind that prizes are generally budgeted for teams of 5 and under, but if you want to work with a larger group we're not going to stop you.
Nobody will actively stop you, however this is not what HackBeanpot is about. We want you to learn something new, write code quickly, and break a lot of things (correction: break code. Please don't break physical things. You will have to pay for those). Working on an existing piece is fine, but it won't win you any prizes.
All meals are taken care of by HackBeanpot, along with some snacks sprinkled in throughout the weekend. We make sure that everyone has something to eat, no matter what. Just make sure to note your dietary restriction when registering. If we don't know about your restriction, we can't guarantee it'll be accommodated.
Since HackBeanpot 2018 is an overnight hackathon, some standard items are your laptop, phone, their chargers, a toothbrush, and any other things you need to be a functional human for the three days of the event. This blog post also includes some tips on what to bring!