WHAT IS A HACKATHON?
A hackathon is a design sprint-like event in which participants form teams and work together around a specific idea or problem; they start from scratch to come up with new solutions. The goal of a hackathon is to create functioning software or hardware by the end of the event. We are not using a computer to gain unauthorized access to data in a system (in the popularized sense of the word); instead, we are building a prototype for an idea and problem statement in an innovative way in a given time.
WHAT ABOUT MIDDHACKS?
MiddHacks is Middlebury College's first ever hackathon hosted by the Technology Committee on the Student Government Association. It is aimed at supporting Middlebury students and students attending nearby Vermont colleges. Participants will work in teams of 3-5 to design and innovate amazing projects in just 24 hours. The hackathon will have the help of excellent mentors from our distinguished sponsors and Middlebury College professors. There will be exciting workshops and tech talks to attend.
MiddHacks hopes to create an inclusive and supportive environment for all hackers. Any student or recent grad of a Vermont college or university is welcome to participate. Registration is now open!
At MiddHacks, you’ll meet fellow hackers, learn new technologies, and hone your skills alongside seasoned mentors. We'll have free food, workshops, mentorship, prizes, games and more. Don’t have a team, or even an idea? Don’t worry! We’ll give you the tools to build something incredible.
Don't want to build something but still want to be a part of the hackathon? Volunteer to help on the day of the event by filling out this form.
Is this your first hackthon too? PERFECT! A special welcome to you and we're so excited you've decided to join us .
MiddHacks hopes to attract participants at varying levels of technical expertise and with a wide range of interests. We welcome the first-year student who has never taken a coding class before college but is interested in technology to the Computer Science senior who has all the technical building blocks.
Newcomers often suffer from "imposter syndrome", the feeling that they don't belong because they don't have skills, aren't smart enough, etc. They're wrong. You're wrong. As MiddHacks organizers it is our job to help you realize that you have something to contribute to your team. We want all participants to have a fulfilling experience and you get to decide what that looks like for you.
To support our newcomers, we will have workshops to teach you basic technical skills and tools such as web development, Github, Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and more (see our workshop section for more details). We also hope to pair newcomers with more technically advanced participants and have them work on a team and learn by immersing themselves in that project.
We know this won't be your last hackathon and we are happy that you've decided to start with MiddHacks!
MiddHacks will take place on April 25-26, 2020 on the Middlebury College campus located at 14 Old Chapel Rd, Middlebury, VT. The central hub for the hackathon will be Axinn Center at Starr Library. It will start on Saturday, April 25 at 9:00 AM EST and end on Sunday, April 26 at 1:00 PM EST.
We expect students from Middlebury College and nearby Vermont colleges to attend Middlebury's first ever hackathon.
We welcome all software hacks that align to our tracks!
You should bring your laptop, phone, chargers, ethernet cables (or use Wi-Fi), toiletries, and optionally a sleeping bag if you don't attend the college. All food and other accommodations will be taken care of.
No you do not! We encourage participants to work in teams of 3-5 people but you do not need to be a part of a team before registering. You may opt-in to team formation during registration which will take place at the beginning of the event. We discourage working alone - it's no fun!
No experience necessary. We will have plenty of mentors and resources, along with several workshops targeted for beginners. Some coding experience would be helpful but come learn and experience your first hackathon at MiddHacks!
Thank you for your interest!
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Anyone, in a team of 3-5! Get to know your fellow hackers better from your own school and other schools! The only request that we have is that you make a new friend by talking to each other, our mentors and our experts!
You can participate as long as you're a student (undergraduate or graduate) over 18 years old!
There will be prizes!
Why don't we build something new? The whole fun of this hackathon is building something new, from scratch with a team.
That's great! All members of the team must complete individual registration forms. On the day of the event, you will need to provide us with all members of your team at check-in.
Yes! The event is 100% free for all of our hackers. You will be provided with snacks, meals, and swag! However, sadly as of now we cannot provide reimbursements for travel cost. If anything changes we can we will notify you!
Email us at email@example.com