ABOUT

HackMIT is a weekend-long event where thousands of students from around the world come together to work on cool new software and/or hardware projects. As one of the largest undergraduate hackathons in the world, we typically bring in over 1000 students to MIT's campus each fall. This year, we're planning to host HackMIT as a hybrid event, meaning that hackers will be able to participate both in-person and virtually during the weekend of September 18th. Students, whether online or on MIT's campus, will be building, learning, and creating technology projects from scratch. Websites and mobile apps are common types of hacks, but you can build anything! Think outside the box!

TRACKS

HEALTHCARE

COMMUNITY

EDUCATION

SUSTAINABILITY

HEALTHCARE

COMMUNITY

EDUCATION

SUSTAINABILITY

SPEAKERS

Ali Ghodsi

CEO of Databricks

Ali is the CEO and co-founder of Databricks, responsible for the growth and international expansion of the company. He previously served as the VP of Engineering and Product Management before taking the role of CEO in January 2016. In addition to his work at Databricks, Ali serves as an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley and is on the board at UC Berkeley’s RiseLab. Ali was one of the creators of open source project, Apache Spark, and ideas from his academic research in the areas of resource management and scheduling and data caching have been applied to Apache Mesos and Apache Hadoop. Ali received his MBA from Mid-Sweden University in 2003 and PhD from KTH/Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden in 2006 in the area of Distributed Computing.

Bruce Schneier

Cryptographer

Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a “security guru” by the Economist. He is the New York Times best-selling author of 14 books -- including Click Here to Kill Everybody -- as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. His influential newsletter Crypto-Gram and blog Schneier on Security are read by over 250,000 people. Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University; a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School; a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, AccessNow, and the Tor Project; and an advisory board member of EPIC and VerifiedVoting.org. He is the Chief of Security Architecture at Inrupt, Inc.

Tom Leighton

CEO of Akamai Technologies

Dr. Tom Leighton co-founded Akamai Technologies in 1998 and served as Akamai’s Chief Scientist until he became CEO in 2013. Under his leadership, Akamai has evolved from its origins as a Content Delivery Network (CDN) into one of the most essential and trusted cloud delivery and cybersecurity platforms. As one of the world's preeminent authorities on algorithms for network applications and cybersecurity, he discovered a solution to freeing up web congestion using applied mathematics and distributed computing. Akamai used this technology to create the world's largest distributed computing platform, which today delivers and secures tens of millions of requests per second to billions of users around the world. For more than three decades, he has been committed to increasing the pipeline of students pursuing STEM careers as a mathematics professor at MIT and strong supporter of the Akamai Foundation.

Robin Chase

Co-founder & Former CEO of Zipcar

Robin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur. She is co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the world’s leading carsharing network; as well as co-founder of Veniam, a network company that moves terabytes of data between vehicles and the cloud. She has recently co-founded her first nonprofit, NUMO, a global alliance to channel the opportunities presented by new urban mobility technologies to build cities that are sustainable and just. Her recent book is Peers Inc: How People and Platforms are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism. She has been on many boards, lectures widely, has been frequently featured in the major media, and has received many awards in the areas of innovation, design, and environment. Robin graduated from Wellesley College, MIT's Sloan School of Management, and was a Harvard University Loeb Fellow.

Alex Chen

Co-founder & VP of Product at Gather

Alex (MIT ’19 M. Eng ’20) is a co-founder of Gather Town. Originally leading the engineering effort on the product side, he scaled the engineering team and later, the product management and design organizations. He now leads Product, Design, Arts/Maps, and Growth. Before his work at Gather, he spent a lot of time teaching and mentoring students at MIT, most recently through his work in 6.148 (web.lab) and 6.006 (introduction to algorithms).

FAQ

GENERAL

WHAT IS A HACKATHON?

HackMIT is a weekend-long event where thousands of students from around the world come together to work on cool new software and/or hardware projects.

WHEN IS HACKMIT?

HackMIT will be a 24 hour hackathon from Sep 18-19, 2021!

WHAT'S THE COST?

Admission is free and includes mentors, workshops, $wag, resources, and a memorable experience. We'll also reimburse travel costs to MIT up to $200, adjusted by travel distance.

WHERE'S THE SCHEDULE?

We'll release a more detailed schedule in August!

BUT I'VE NEVER HACKED!

That's totally okay! We'll be hosting beginner workshops where you can start getting your hands dirty with all things hackathon. There will also be beginner prizes available!

I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS!

Please email us at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns!

TRACKS & TEAMS

WHAT ARE HACKATHON TRACKS?

We've developed four tracks, or impact areas, for you to hack in. The top project in each track wil be awarded a prize.

HOW WILL TRACKS AND PRIZES WORK?

You will be able to submit your project to ONE track to be eligible for that track prize!

DO I HAVE TO SUBMIT A PROJECT IF I ATTEND?

You can attend all our events without submitting a project, but you must submit one to receive $wag!

HOW DO TEAMS WORK?

Your team can have up to 4 people! You can select teammates when you register, and you can also form them during the actual event!

WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE A TEAM?

Don't worry! We'll have team formation events geared towards helping you find people to work with!

HYBRID LOGISTICS

HOW DOES A HYBRID HACKATHON WORK?

We're planning to hold both in-person and virtual components of multiple events. The health and safety of everyone involved is our top priority, so this is subject to change depending on public and MIT health guidelines on COVID-19.

WHICH HACKERS CAN BE IN PERSON?

We'll be releasing more updates about this later in July!

REGISTRATION

CAN I ATTEND?

If you are a college undergraduate or an MIT M.Eng student, then yes! Note that we consider student status during the 2021-2022 academic year, so new graduates are not eligible.

WHEN IS REGISTRATION?

Registration opens on Friday, July 9, 2021 and closes on Friday, August 6. Click the Apply button on our homepage!

WHAT IF I GO TO MIT?

All MIT students will need to submit an application. Incoming MIT freshmen will receive automatic admission, but still need to fill out an application to be guaranteed a spot!

IS THERE AN ADMISSIONS PUZZLE AGAIN?

The admissions puzzle will be released shortly! 🌿✨

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