Hello, Fellow Hacker!
You (yes, you) are invited to Montgomery Blair High School’s hackathon: BlairHacks_4!
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_4 is an opportunity to create innovative projects while having fun!
BlairHacks_4 will be taking place at Montgomery Blair High School (51 University Blvd E, Silver Spring, MD 20901) from February 28th through February 29th, 2020.
Schedule subject to change.
|Check In||5:00 PM (2/28)||SAC|
|Opening Ceremony||6:00 PM||SAC|
|Hacking Begins||7:00 PM||220, 221, 223, Hallways|
|Team Formation||7:00 PM||321|
|Hardware Lab Opens||7:30 PM||323|
|Cup Ramen Party||12:00 AM (2/29)||323|
|Movie Night||2:00 AM||321|
|Smash Tournament||3:00 PM||321|
|Submission Workshop||5:00 PM||321|
|Submit Hacks||7:00 PM||Everywhere|
|Closing Ceremonies||9:30 PM||Grand Staircase|
Nap rooms (male/female): 222/225
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 2/14.
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 must begin when the hackathon begins. 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. Prizes from BlairHacks_3 can be found on the DevPost.
Who will be judging?
BlairHacks_4 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.
Our opening presentation (including the QR code for our slack server) can be found at: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1_yqqYmuyxg8i_j-lStCmhTFHLZM3RXlxT43emmTel4c/edit?usp=sharing
What should I bring?
You should bring a laptop, charger, phone, change of clothes, toiletries, pillow, sleeping bag(if you plan to sleep), and anything you may anticipate needing for your hack(e.g. hardware that we probably don't have). Don't bring knives, firearms, drugs, weapons, or anything you wouldn't bring to school. Thanks :)
Will we have to bring food?
We are planning on providing all of the meals and snacks, however this is subject to change.
What if I have to come late?
That's fine! If you have to come late or if you have to leave the event and come back, just let us know ahead of time.
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 Leaders, Mikhail (Misha) Khrenov and Shriyash (Yash) Upadhyay.
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.