What is a hackathon?
A hackathon is an event where people come together to work intensively on programming or hardware projects. Attending a hackathon is a great way to meet and work with new people, come up with exciting ideas, and learn interesting technologies.
When and where is this?
March 24-26th. This year our event is graciously being hosted by Genuine.
I don't have a lot of programming experience. Is this event for me?
Yes! People with all levels of experience will be attending. If you get stuck, mentors will be working in the field to assist. 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.
Is this an overnight event?
No, we want you to get some rest. The event will shutdown at 11 PM on Friday and Saturday night and reopen at 8 AM on Saturday and Sunday morning. If you need housing accommodations please let us know in your registration form.
I am a student from ___. Is this hackathon open to students from my school?
Yes! HackBeanpot Inc. is not affiliated with any university, and is open to everyone who is at least 16 years old. If you will be under 18 at the start of the event, please contact us at [email protected] to get your complimentary extra paperwork before the event.
Wait, so are graduate students welcome?
That'd be a yes.
Will there be food?
We’ll be providing meals and snacks throughout the weekend. We got some lovely food last year and are super excited to bring you more deliciousness this year. (PS: Dietary restrictions? Remember to mention them on your registration, or email us!)
Should I bring my resume?
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 doing cool things instead of getting your resume to that awesome person you just met.
Are there team size limits?
No there aren't. You can work with whomever 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.
Can we work on old projects?
I mean, nobody is going to actively stop you, but 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.
What's the schedule for this year?
Friday, March 24th: 7PM - 11PM
Saturday, March 25th: 8AM - 11PM
Sunday, March 26th: 8AM - 4PM
A more detailed schedule will be posted closer to the event.