It’s Hackathon time! Register for Lewis & Clark’s 2019 Hackathon at https://forms.gle/jfWsHneeZbPoWYTA9. The hackathon will run from the morning of November 16 to early afternoon on November 17
What is a hackathon?
A hackathon, despite the name, isn’t about hacking into things like in the movies. Instead, hacking refers to creative problem solving, so a hackathon is an event where groups of about 2-4 participants get on their computers and dig into problems related to the hackathon’s theme over about a day or two.
You and your teammates (yes, you must work as a team) will have complete autonomy and independence over what sort of problem you work on, as long as it is somehow related to the theme of the hackathon. This is a fantastic opportunity to get together with your fellow programmers (no prior experience is necessary) to create something new that can make a positive social impact. Additionally, you will have the chance to build something you can show off on your resume or Github.
The structure of the hackathon is pretty straightforward. Each team will have about 27 hours to create their project using any technology available to you. We will go into more detail about limitations and criteria at the kickoff meeting on November 16. The three teams with the top three projects, selected by our guest judges, will win some exciting prizes. We will also provide snacks and refreshments throughout the whole event. Even if your team does not win first place, the goal of the hackathon is to have fun and cultivate creativity and innovation in the LC computer science community. If you need some resources to get started, check out the GitHub Education Pack or the starter kits from MLH.