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Frequently Asked Questions – Hack4Hope Weekend

Below are some common questions participants have prior to attending the Hack4Hope weekend hackathon event.

WHAT ARE THE HOURS OF THE HACKATHON WEEKEND?

The hackathon will be held on Saturday, October 1st, 2016, from 8:00 am – 9:00 pm.  This is a long day, but it will be a rewarding day full of challenges, learning, and fun!

DO STUDENTS HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO CODE TO ATTEND?

No – we accept participants at all skill levels – from novice to expert!  Participants will form teams and work together to come up with a proposed project.  Each team will be assigned adult mentors to help them brainstorm their ideas, refine their pitch for the judges, and design and code their solution.licabo.

HOW OLD DO STUDENTS HAVE TO BE TO PARTICIPATE?

Hack4Hope is designed for teens going into 7th – 12th grade.  Younger students who have shown a proven interest in coding and technology will be considered for acceptance.  Students who have just graduated high school will also be considered for acceptance.

DO PARENTS DROP OFF AND PICK UP STUDENTS?

Parents must bring students under 18 into the facility and sign them in as well as sign them out at the end of the day’s activities.  Parents are welcome to stay during the event and are highly encouraged to attend the Project Pitches and Awards Ceremony at the end of the day.

IS FOOD PROVIDED DURING THE EVENT?

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks will be provided on Saturday.  If a participant has specific dietary needs, they must be indicated on the registration form in the field provided.

CAN I ATTEND WITHOUT PARTICIPATING ON A TEAM?

All students who attend the event are highly encouraged to participate on a team. This is important not only to preserve the ‘vibe’ of the event (“no talk, all action”) but also to minimize distractions/disruptions for working teams. If a student wishes to attend as an observer, special permission must be obtained prior to the event.

HOW DO I REGISTER?

Student participants should use the link on the home page or on the Student Application link on the “Hackathon” menu to complete the online application form.  An essay of up to 250 words is required to apply.  Students must also download and submit a signed parental permission form to complete their registrations.  Registrations will be evaluated and an acceptance letter will be delivered by email to students by September 15th.

Adults who wish to serve as mentors to student teams or to volunteer to help out during the weekend should use the link on the home page or on the Adult Registration link on the “Hackathon” menu to complete the online registration form.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

Students:  Laptops will be provided to students during the Hackathon.  Food will be provided, but students may bring any special snacks that they prefer.  Dress comfortably and bring anything else you need in order to be comfortable during the event.  Feel free to bring a camera to take pictures and bring your creative energy!

Adult Mentors:  Please bring your laptop and power cord to work with the teams.

Volunteers:  Please dress comfortably and be ready to help out!

HOW DO I PREPARE?

No preparation is needed, but feel free to look up tools like Scratch (www.scratch.mit.edu) orGoogle App Engine.

HOW DO I PROTECT AGAINST PEOPLE STEALING MY IDEA?

The short answer is that you can’t. The longer answer is that this is not something worth worrying about. Unless you are confident your idea is a ‘key-in-hand’, easy-to-implement innovation that hasn’t yet been thought of, the advantages gained from getting lots of feedback and working with a strong team motivated by collective ownership far outweigh the remote risks of someone stealing and executing on your idea. What truly matters is how well you and your team execute the idea.“One can steal ideas, but no one can steal execution or passion”

The students of Hack4Hope collectively “own” the ideas and applications developed over the weekend.