Update 10/2: Please note that ticket sales have closed. However, if you are a Boston-area student, show up to the event at 8 AM and you may still be able to get in!
Update 10/1: Please note that the event venue is now Johnson Athletic Center.
Update 7/31: Non-MIT tickets are sold out. Please don't sign up for an MIT spot if you don't attend MIT. Instead, jump on the waitlist. We'll notify you asap if you get off the waitlist.
Update 7/30: Due to high demand, only 200 spots remain for non-MIT hackers. After that, we'll have a waitlist. You guys are just too awesome!
If you've already registered as a "student hacker", there is no need to register again. Your spot is still reserved! We've simply sorted all "student hacker" ticket holders into MIT and non-MIT students.
MIT’s college hackathon is back! At last February’s HackMIT, over 200 hackers competed for over $5000 in prizes. This time, we’re going bigger than ever: on October 4-6, over 500 student hackers from all over the world will gather at HackMIT for a hackathon like you’ve never seen before.
Who can attend?
All undergraduate students from any university are welcome. This event is closed to graduate students. (Shouldn't you be working on your thesis anyway?) All attendees must bring their valid student ID.
How much does this event cost? Do I have to pay for admission, food, travel, or lodgings?
Admission is free, and includes food and drink for the duration of the hackathon. We will reimburse students up to $200 for travel (see below). Hotel costs will not be reimbursed.
I'm not too close to MIT. Can I get reimbursed for travel?
We will reimburse attendees up to $200 for bus, train, and economy flight tickets. No other methods of transportation (including first-class flight tickets) will be reimbursed. There will be a booth that accepts reimbursements during the event. Make sure to bring your valid government photo ID and receipt with ticket details.
What can/can't I bring?
Required for all attendees: valid student ID for admission (name must match Eventbrite registration), laptop for hacking
Required for travel reimbursement: valid government photo ID, bus/train/economy flight receipt with ticket details (names must match)
Banned: firearms, knives, weapons of any kind. If you can't bring it on an airplane, don't bring it here!
What's the format of the hackathon?
Anything goes! Web, desktop, mobile, and hardware projects are all welcome. (All hacks should be computer-related, though.) Projects will be judged based on creativity, technical difficulty, polish, and usefulness.
How big should teams be? Can I do it alone?
Teams should be at most 4 people total. You can do it alone, but it'll be less fun! We'll have a site up to help find teams before the event, and you'll have time at the start to meet others.
Are we allowed to build on past projects? Other code?
We strongly discourage building off of existing projects you've worked on. To be fair to others, let us know if you are using some of your old code in your hacks. Using third-party APIs and libraries is definitely okay, as long as they're accessible by everyone else as well.
Can I update my registration information?
Yep! Edit it as needed.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
There are no printed or PDF tickets! Just bring your valid student ID. We will check the names against the list of registered attendees.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Nope - the name on the registration must match that of the attendee's valid student ID.
I registered under the "Student hacker" ticket type. Is my ticket still valid?
Yes, it is! All attendees registered as "student hackers" have been sorted into MIT and non-MIT students. Don't worry, your spot is still reserved.
I have a question that's not listed here. Who should I ask?
You can get in touch with us via email, Twitter, or Facebook.
Email: team [at] hackmit [dot] org