It is the year MMXVII. 1000 hackers gather at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for its annual undergraduate student hackathon.
They represent Red Faction and Blue Faction. But over 24 hours, they will work together to envision and develop the technology of tomorrow.
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!"
Registration will be opening on July 1st and closing on July 30th at 11:59 pm EST! Admissions will be based on a random lottery along with selected application reading and will be done in two waves. If you’re accepted, you’ll have a week to confirm your attendance.
Nope! Admission is free and includes meals, drinks, snacks, overnight hosting, workshops, swag, and a memorable experience (if we do say so ourselves)!
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.
Hacking all night is fun, but you can also get some rest when you need it! If you indicate in your confirmation form, we can match you with an MIT student who will provide places to sleep and shower. 😴😴😴
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. We also provide buses free of charge to select East Coast cities. See your registration dashboard for the latest details about reimbursements and busing!
Bring a valid student ID and government-issued 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.
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!
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.
If you register by July 30th and confirm by August 12th, you will be guaranteed a spot at HackMIT. Otherwise, you can try for walk-in admission the day of the event.
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.
We’ll release a more detailed schedule after July. For now, know that we’re planning for check-in to start Saturday at 8 am and for closing ceremony to end Sunday at 4 pm.
Please email us at [email protected] if you’re in any way confused or concerned! We’d love to help you out :)
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