5th Semiannual 5C Hackathon
What is a hackathon?
According to Wikipedia, a hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is an event in which computer programmers and others in the field of software development, like graphic designers, interface designers and project managers collaborate intensively on software projects. We like to define it a little more casually: a 12 hour time period in which you get the chance to build whatever you want.
Do I need to be able to code to participate?
It definitely helps but is by no means a requirement. If you don't know how to code (or don't know how to apply the skills you've learned in class to the real world), come to Hack Week and we'll teach you! We also divide teams into a beginner and an advanced divison so you'll only be competing against teams with similar levels of experience.
Why is it overnight?
Because doing things overnight is way more badass. Plus, it means no distractions, freedom to take over the entire building, and the romance of watching the sun rise.
Why should I participate?
When was the last time you built something amazing? Something that wowed your friends and family? Something that you could put on your resume that would earn you the eternal stamp of 'badass'? Now's your chance to answer all of those questions in a single night. Plus, we'll have tons of food, crazy cool prizes, and some first-class people.
How do I find a team?
Teams can have a maximum of 4 members. You're encouraged to find your own team - pair up with friends, classmates, or random people you see in the CS labs! We don't require team registration, so just show up to the hackathon with your teammates and you're good to go. If you're having trouble finding a team, shoot us an email and we'll help match you with other students at a similar experience level.
Food and prizes, you say?
Yes, lots of food and lots of prizes. We always keep a fully-stocked food area complete with Red Bull, fresh fruit, Krispy Kreme, tomatoes, Pop-Tarts, and tons more. Plus a food truck. This semester we'll be bringing in LA's own Grilled Cheese Truck (cooking up much more than your average grilled cheese sandwich!). Past prizes have included iPad minis, brand new 20" monitors, and Kindle Fires. Check out the Prizes section for more information on this semester's prizes.
Food truck rolls in
Presentations and prizes
1st place, Advanced
- Microsoft Surfaces
1st place, Beginner
- iPad minis
2nd place, Advanced
- Nexus 7s
2nd place, Beginner
- Audio-Technica headphones
- Nintendo 3DSes
- 22" Asus Monitors
- Jambox speakers
What is Hack Week?
Hack Week is a weeklong tutorial on how to build a full-featured web application from the ground up, designed for students with little to no prior programming experience. Our student teachers and mentors will work alongside you and walk you through the process of creating your very own web app so that by the end of the week, you'll have a fully functioning web app to show off to your friends. We'll get you up and running so that when it comes time for the hackathon, you can build something awesome.
When is Hack Week?
Hack Week is every evening from 7-9 pm starting the Monday before the hackathon and culminating in the 5C Hackathon on Friday.
What specific skills will I learn?
Do I have to come every night?
We strongly encourage you to attend all four sessions to ensure that you have all the pieces of the web development puzzle. However, we understand that you may have other commitments so we will provide starter code at the beginning of each evening to get you up to speed with the work from the night before.
What are these?
These provided developer tools, APIs, and datasets are gifts from our sponsors to help you take your project to the next level and speed along the development process. Want to learn more? Be sure to stop one of the company representatives during the hackathon and ask them about their product!
Host, manage, and share Git & Mercurial repositories in the cloud with Bitbucket. Free, unlimited private repositories for up to 5 developers, giving teams the flexibility to grow and code without restrictions.
Yelp invites 5C students to use Yelp data from the Yelp Dataset Challenge! We've created a generous sample of our data from the greater Phoenix, AZ metropolitan area for use in student research and extracurricular projects including: 11,537 businesses, 8,282 checkin sets, 43,873 users, and 229,907 reviews. Get the data here.
Additionally, you can submit your projects to the Yelp Dataset Challenge for an opportunity to win a 5K award! Learn more about the terms and the contest here. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!