Hello, Fellow Hacker!
You (yes, you) are invited to Montgomery Blair High School’s hackathon: BlairHacks_3!
What is a hackathon, you ask?
A hackathon is a meeting of student engineers and developers who challenge themselves to solve interesting problems in novel ways (hacking) in a limited timeframe (marathon), with cool prizes for the most polished, interesting, and effective hacks. Hence the name, hackathon.
Think of it as a 24-hour engineering competition, featuring skill workshops, fun mini-events, one-on-one assistance from our fantastic mentors. To sum it all up, BlairHacks_3 is an opportunity to create innovative projects while having fun!
BlairHacks_3 will be taking place at Montgomery Blair High School (51 University Blvd E, Silver Spring, MD 20901) on March 1st-2nd, 2019.
Who is eligible?
All high school students are welcome to attend. We are not accepting middle school students at this time.
When does registration close?
Registration will remain open until the hackathon itself begins. However, the deadline for guaranteed shirts and other limited swag is Sunday, February 16th.
Are walk-ins allowed?
Yes, but you will not be guaranteed a shirt and we reserve the right to refuse you entrance if the venue is at capacity. Register ahead of time if possible.
Can I mentor?
Email us if you're interested!
What do I need to hack with?
We highly recommend bringing a laptop to code with and any hardware you might want to use for your hack. Free food, drinks, hardware, and swag will be provided.
What if I don't know how to code?
Don't let that stop you from hacking! We will have mentors on hand to teach you and work with you to develop something amazing!
What technology can I use?
You can build your hack with anything that is safe, legal, and ethical. Any software or hardware hack that can fit in those parameters is encouraged! However, we have an explicit prohibition on drones.
If you have any questions regarding what you can and can't do, feel free to shoot us an email.
When can I hack?
All hacking will begin at 6:30 PM on March 1st. While you are free to brainstorm and outline before hacking starts, please do not begin work on any part of your project before the hackathon.
What can I win?
The prizes will be BIG.
Who will be judging?
BlairHacks_3 will be judged by our excellent panel of staff and community volunteers. The organizers have no impact on decisions other than the Organizers' Choice Award.
What other rules must I abide by?
We're glad you asked! All participants must abide by the Major League Hacking Code of Conduct.
BlairHacks is a student-organized hackathon, put together by Sujay Swain, Rajit Mukhopadhyay, Ethan Oh, and Anika Dasgupta. This event is sponsored by the ever gracious and benevolent gentlemen Mr. Elias Gonzalez and Mr. Jeremy Schwartz.
We are also ably aided by an excellent group of student volunteer mentors; teacher volunteer judges and supervisors; and our Big Leader, Mikhail (Misha) Khrenov.
Sponsoring BlairHacks gives organizations a chance to support and engage with some of the most technically talented and creatively driven young people in the DMV. More information for prospective sponsors can be found in this document.
Feel free to contact the BlairHacks team at firstname.lastname@example.org.