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 designers (and motivated product people) are also essential components of successful hackathon teams. If you don't know how to code (or don't know how to apply the skills you've learned in classes to the real world), come to Hack Week and we'll teach you!
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.
Food and prizes, you say?
Yes, lots of food and lots of prizes. We plan to have more energy drinks than you could ever want, a food truck, fresh fruit, Krispy Kreme, coffee, tomatoes, Pop-Tarts, and tons more. Check out the Prizes section for more information on the prizes.
Food truck rolls in
Presentations and prizes
Brennen Byrne / CEO and co-founder, Clef
Recent Pomona alum and one of the original founders of the 5C Hackathon, Brennen is excited to be on the other side of the judges' table this semester. Since graduating in December, he has relocated to San Francisco where he has been working on Clef, a company he started with Mark Hudnall and Jesse Pollak while at school. Brennen has been enjoying his first months in the real world building Clef's brand, learning the ins-and-outs of running a business, and maintaining a well-read tech blog.
Scott Clark / Software Engineer - Ad Targeting, Yelp
Scott recently finished his PhD in Applied Mathematics at Cornell University and is currently enjoying the transition from academia to industry, trying to learn and experience as much as possible in the Bay Area tech community. He enjoys coming up with and implementing new algorithms to solve difficult problems more efficiently with emphasis on parallelization and exploiting huge data sets using statistics and machine learning. In his free time, he likes to build things, viewable on his website: http://scottclark.io.
Alex Berman / Product Manager - Mobile Payments Lab, Intuit
Alex is the Product Manager for Intuit's Mobile Payments Lab and a recent CMC alum. When he's not at Philz Coffee getting people to try out one of his team's experiments, you can find him scuba diving, playing poker, or developing iPhone apps.
Jose Moreno / Software Development Engineer - Windows, Microsoft
Bio coming soon.
Mekka Okereke / Senior Manager of Software Development, Amazon
Bio coming soon.
1st place, Advanced
- iPad minis
- Names engraved on the Hacker Cup
- ...more to come?
1st place, Beginner
- Kindle Fires
2nd place, Advanced
- iPod nanos
2nd place, Beginner
- 1-year Spotify Premium subscriptions
- Halo 4
- VIP tickets to the After Hours Gaming League Finals
- 20" monitors with HDMI cables
- Noise-cancelling headphones
Best Use of MongoDB
- Provided by 10gen
What is hack week?
When is hack week?
Hack week is every night from 7-9pm during the week of April 8th, culminating in the 5C Hackathon.
Where is hack week?
Hack week is held in Edmunds 101, the Pomona Computer Science building.
What specific skills will I learn?
Do I need to come to every night?
To guarantee that you leave with the skills and confidence to build a web app on your own, we highly encourage that you attend the entire week of tutorials. However, we understand that you may have other commitments, so we will provide starter code at the start of each evening to catch you up on what happened the previous night.
I don't think I can do this alone!
You won't be doing it alone! On Monday, we'll put everyone in pairs so you can have a teammate to help you work through all the hard parts (one more reason to come every day). Plus, once the two of you have conquered hack week (think hell week, jklolz), you'll be the ideal duo to win the hackathon!
Developer Tools and APIs
What are these?
These are handy tools offered by our sponsors that can help take your project to the next level. From easy ways to collaborate on code with your teammates to geographically-oriented data that can drive your application, these resources can save you a lot of time and effort so that you can focus on the important stuff. Plus, you might win some bonus points with the judges if you use their company's API.
But how do I use them?
There are almost always easy-to-follow instructions with worked-out examples on the company's website. We'll also be incorporating several of these tools into Hack Week so you can see them in action. Even better, we'll have representatives from our sponsors at the hackathon who will be more than happy to answer questions about their developer tools and APIs!
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