SEPTEMBER 17-18 // 2016




HackMIT is MIT’s headline hackathon, with over 1000 undergraduate attendees from around the globe. Over a 24-hour period from September 17th to 18th, hackers collaborate and experiment on software and hardware projects. This is the weekend to meet other enthusiastic hackers, push your boundaries, and realize the projects of your dreams!


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I attend?

IF (you are an MIT undergraduate) OR (you are an MIT M.Eng student) OR ((you are a college undergraduate) AND (you are at least 18 years old)) RETURN “Yes!”

How does registration work?

Registration will be opening on July 1st and closing on July 30th at 11:59 pm EST! Admissions is based on a randomized lottery and will be done in two waves. If you’re accepted, you’ll have a week to confirm your attendance.

Does this cost money?

Nope! Admission is free and includes meals, drinks, snacks, overnight hosting, workshops, swag, and a memorable experience (if we do say so ourselves)!

What will I eat?

We’ll provide food for all meals from Saturday’s breakfast to Sunday’s lunch. If you have dietary restrictions, we’ll try our best to accommodate them. Of course, we’ll also have an abundance of snacks throughout the hacking period.

Where will I sleep?

Hacking all night is fun, but you can also get some rest when you need it! If you’d like, we can match you with an MIT student who will provide places to sleep and shower. 😴😴😴

How do I get there?

If you’re travelling more than 30 miles to MIT, we’ll reimburse your travel, as long as you upload your travel receipts upon confirming your attendance. We reimburse up to $200 for travel within the U.S. and from Canada and Mexico and up to $500 for other international travel. Also, we’ll be sending free buses to select schools—keep your eyes peeled on this FAQ answer for more details!

What should I bring?

Bring a valid student ID for admission and a laptop for hacking. We’ll provide pretty much everything else—air mattresses, toiletries, stickers, snacks, sponsor swag, and more! If you like to be comfy, you can bring a blanket, pillow, and towel. To borrow hardware during the hackathon, you’ll need a government-issued photo ID.

How do teams work?

Teams are at most 4 people. You can select teammates when you register, or you can register individually without specified teammates. We’ll run the lottery by teams, so rest assured you’ll be able to hack with your friends if that’s what you prefer!

What if I don’t have a team?

If you don’t have a team now, that’s okay! We’ll have team formation and ideation events geared towards helping you find people to work with.

What if I’m an MIT student?

If you register by July 30th and confirm by August 15th, you will be guaranteed a spot at HackMIT. Otherwise, you can try for walk-in admission the day of the event.

Do people actually read FAQs?

We don't know. Want to help us answer this question? Send us an email at faq-readers at mit dot edu. Feel free to write about whatever. If you emailed us last year, let us know how your year since then has been going! Again, don’t tell anyone about this—we’re trying our best for a controlled experiment.

What about hardware hacks?

We’ll provide some hardware such as Arduinos, Pebbles, Myos—the usual hacker essentials and more. Let us know what you’d like to hack on in our registration form.

Where’s the schedule?

We’ll release a more detailed schedule after July. For now, know that we’re planning for check-in to start early Saturday morning and for closing ceremony to end late Sunday afternoon.

Is there an admissions puzzle again?

Maybe... If you're stuck, entertain yourself with past puzzle solutions.

Register now!

Sign up by July 30th at 11:59 pm EST to be considered for admission into HackMIT. Do it now—the form's quick!



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