Hacking. Seems like such a scary term–people crowded around green and black monitors typing Matrix code–but that’s not how we see it. We believe hackathons are an opportunity to meet other visiting students, learn something practical, all while having a ton of fun.
A hackathon is an event where people gather to work on a project, ANY project.. Want to create your own personal website? HackPrinceton has mentors to help you through the process. Want to build piano stairs? We’ll provide $50 worth of hardware supplies. Want to hang out with your friends while learning something new? Come to HackPrinceton.
This event isn’t about who can produce the best project. Rather, it’s aimed towards helping you apply your skills to a practical situation, exercise what you have learned in class, and make that side project you’ve always dreamed of. We want you to succeed, and we’re bringing every resource you need to do so.
Whether you’re a software engineer, a hardware hacker, a mobile developer, a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, HackPrinceton has a spot for you. Just be yourself. At its heart, HackPrinceton is one giant social event and you guys are the first ones invited to this party.
What if I don’t have an idea/have only taken COS 126?
Don’t worry! Coming up with ideas is hard so don’t be discouraged if you don’t have the next Dropbox or Flappy Bird in the works. That’s why we invite mentors from the best corporations in the world to guide you through a bunch of weekend projects, so come find something that interests you.
Use what you’ve learned in 126 on a practical application! We’ll have classes that teach you to adapt your skills towards building a website, making an app, or learning a new language. If you don’t understand something, there’ll be people there to help and encourage you on; where else can you get that kind of support? Besides, you can even work on your assignment there, if you really want to (though we suggest trying something new).
Do I have to stay for the entire time?
Nope! Come and leave as you wish, though we promise, you’ll have more fun working on something with others in the same room. We’re having the COO of Buzzfeed speaking, as well as a capella groups and puppies and more!
What do I have to do to participate?
March 28 – 30, 2014.
Questions? Email Evelyn: (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
PS. Check out last year’s project, What Would I Say?