The 5C Hackathon is an entirely student-run event held on Pomona College’s campus. Last fall, over 300 of the Claremont Colleges’ brightest technical minds spent 12 hours working on projects ranging from a real-time LaTeX messenger to a multiplayer space game that uses your smartphone as a controller.
The 5C Hackathon has rapidly become a highly anticipated and attended tradition at the Claremont Colleges, drawing talent from all five schools in the consortium: Pomona, Harvey Mudd, Claremont McKenna, Scripps, and Pitzer. We also attract students from nearby colleges, such as University of Southern California and UCLA, as well as from local high schools.
We pride ourselves on building a technical community at the Claremont Colleges that is creative and diverse. With that in mind, we have a strong focus on making the 5C Hackathon beginner-friendly and inclusive. Last year, 46% of our attendees were first-time hackers and 45% were female.
Teaching and mentorship are also of the utmost importance to us. We offer beginner and advanced workshops throughout the week before the hackathon. The beginner workshops offer students the opportunity to learn coding basics so that they can participate in the hackathon. The advanced workshops teach students with technical experience a new skill or tool to utilize at the hackathon. In the past, we’ve taught how to make mobile apps using Android, web apps using Node.js, and digital art using P5.
We also have mentors throughout the night of the Hackathon who are available to help develop ideas or provide technical guidance.
Sponsoring is a great way to connect with some of the top computer science students at the Claremont Colleges. By sponsoring, you can get access to the resumes of over 300 students, showcase your API or product, and see students make awesome projects. As a sponsor, you’ll also have the opportunity to mentor students and get them excited about programming!
Please see the sponsorship tiers below detailing the different ways in which you can be part of the 5C Hackathon. Can’t find a tier that works for you? Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll work out the details.