Frequently Asked Questions
See High School Team Challenge. High School students will only be able to attend the presentation and award ceremonies on Sunday.
Programming languages are at the discretion of the participants. Our only requirement is that the language tools (compiler, linker, etc) are free and open-source, available to all participants.
Participants should bring their own computers and other equipment. We will have 2 BoxBotix systems available for the best team pitch to use. Concepts will be evaluated by a judging team for use during the hackathon and can be used in the demo.
Yes, each team member will need to get a ticket on Eventbrite. We use this to plan food/drink and other resources.
We aim to have 60 - 70 hackathon participants.
Not this time. At LabHack 2014, we allowed hackers to work through the night. This time, we will close up the building at 9:00 PM on Saturday.
Uniform of the Day is super hero or internet meme t-shirt of your choice. Comfy clothing required. BDUs permitted only if they allow you to blend in with the office furniture.
The presentations will be in the Einstein Room with screencast / spillover into the Founders Room. See map
There are VGA and HDMI cables as well as standard 3.5mm audio mini jacks for the A/V system. Plan on bringing your own adapters (e.g. for macbook).
We will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner both Saturday and Sunday. More details will be added as they are confirmed.
The LabHack competition has some basic rules that all participants need to follow.
Fresh Code: We all start coding at the same time. This is done to keep things fair. Please don’t come in and build on top of previous projects if you want to win. It’s cool to work on designs beforehand, digital mockups, open source frameworks, and anything else available to everyone, but try to keep things within just limits.
Code Review: Winning teams will be subject to a code-review at some point following the event or immediately before winning.
Ownership and IP: For the sake of simplicity, all team projects judged in the event will be open source with a permissive license. Submissions must use one of the following licenses
Team Size: Teams of two to five humans are allowed. You can also add 1 cyborg, Furby, drone, or Sphero. Part of the intent of this competition is to meet and work with new people. For this reason, single person teams are not allowed for this competition
Submissions: Projects should be submitted by 4pm Sunday. Directions for submitting projects will be provided at the event.
DEMO your Hack: You must demo your hack in order to present. No slide-decks or power-points will be allowed. Don’t be scared if you didn’t finish… it’s okay long as you tried your best.
Have fun: It’s a hackathon! Use whatever languages or hacks you have in your arsenal. Show us hardware. Show us new concepts. Show us anything you’d like.
To quote Wikipedia
A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects. Occasionally, there is a hardware component as well. Hackathons typically last between a day and a week. Some hackathons are intended simply for educational or social purposes, although in many cases the goal is to create usable software. Hackathons tend to have a specific focus, which can include the programming language used, the operating system, an application, an API, or the subject and the demographic group of the programmers. In other cases, there is no restriction on the type of software being created.
The gear you need to get things done:
- Cat5 network cable
- Any connectors you may need for a wired network (we have wireless but it's not super fast with this many users)
- Wireless adapters (if needed)