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.
But what if I can't code?
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.
How big should teams be? Can I hack alone?
Teams can be at most 4 people to qualify for prizes. You can hack alone, but it'll be less fun! Teamwork is a valuable skill.
How will I get there?
This year HackRPI will not be providing travel reimbursements for individuals. After registration the HackRPI team will arrange a few free buses for hackers to take to and from RPI. These buses will be chosen based on registration data and accessibility. If a bus is traveling near your school we'll let you know about a month before the event. For those that are able to drive we'll have plenty of free parking.
What should I bring?
Make sure to bring your laptop, phone, necessary chargers, your student ID, toiletries and anything else you may need to make yourself comfortable for 24 hours. You don't need to worry about food or drink -- we've got that covered.
Are high school students allowed?
Absolutely! If you are under 18 you will have to have a parent or legal guardian fill out your waiver prior to the event and you're good to go!