Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon Season




Sept. 15 - 17, 2017 @ Cornell University


BigRed//Hacks is the oldest student-run, large-scale hackathon at Cornell University.

Across three days, students from all across the US will gather to build the coolest and most innovative projects, meet amazing people, and win some prizes along the way!

This year, BigRed//Hacks seeks innovation in education. This will mean something different to every person. Perhaps, this means transforming the classroom, which has looked relatively the same for the past 100 years, into a dynamic experience for the next generation with technologies as reactive as students. To others, this will mean using the wide reach of the internet to ensure education is truly the great equalizer for the underrepresented, the quiet, and the forgotten. To you, this should mean something special; the experiences we live through, the opportunities we take, and the people who touch our lives and shape who we are. Education happens both within and without the classroom, and convention should not limit what you decide to build. We want you to learn and show others how to learn. We want you to speak with your audience and be spoken to. Most of all, here at BigRed//Hacks, we want you to be empowered and empower others.

* We encourage all developers regardless of technical ability or hackathon experience to apply. Admission and food is free for all hackers.


Friday (09/15)
4:30pParticipant Registration
6:30pOpening Ceremony
8:00pHacking officially begins
9:30pExtended API Demos

Saturday (09/16)
12:00aMidnight Snack!
5:30pShirt Giveaway

Sunday (09/17)
1:00aPost-Midnight Snack!
8:00aHacking officially ends
9:00aProject Expo
12:00pClosing Ceremony
3:30pBuses Depart


Who is eligible to participate?
We are inviting all undergraduate and graduate students to participate in our hackathon. You don't need any past experience. You don't even need to be a computer science major! Our only requirement is that you are at least 18 years old and enrolled in an accredited college or university.
What will I need to bring?
Bring your school ID for registration. You are also responsible for bringing any equipment for building and demoing your hack: laptop, chargers, phones, etc. You may also want to bring a sleeping bag, change of clothes, and toothbrush.
Do I have to sign up with a team?
You don't have to sign up with a team, but it's certainly more fun! We allow teams of up to four people (they don't have to be from the same school), and while they can be specified on the application, you won't officially create your team until the event. If you don't have a team yet, we'll host a social before the hacking begins for you to meet other amazing people.
Are you providing food?
Don't worry, there will be lots of delicious food and beverages at our event, complementary to all participants. We'll have vegetarian options as well.
What's the deal with transportation?
Our goal is to reimburse student travel as needed (up to $150 evaluated on a case by case basis). There will be a reimbursement table: please bring your travel ticket, receipt, and government-issued photo ID. We ask that you pick a reasonably priced method of travel. There will be limited on-campus parking. We'll also be chartering buses for popular locations.
Do I have to do an education hack?
Nope! While the theme of this year's BigRed//Hacks will be education, we'll have plenty of other prize categories to compete for.
Are hardware hacks allowed?
We will be providing a dedicated hardware lab with sensors, microcontrollers, and basic components. Some of our sponsors are bringing hardware to loan, but we still suggest that you bring your own equipment if you know that you'll absolutely need it.
What are the rules?
We want BigRed//Hacks to be fun and fair for everyone. Your project should be started from scratch and worked on only during the 36 hours, and you may only incorporate outside resources (code, graphics, sound, etc) that are freely licensed and accessible to all participants equally. Of course, maintain a positive, respectful attitude toward your fellow hackers throughout the event.
Why is there an application?
We want to guarantee that students from a wide range of schools and experiences are given an equal and fair chance to participate. Furthermore, we hope that the process will encourage registrants to be committed to building something awesome. Even if you've never been to a hackathon before, please apply!
Why can't Cornell students apply yet?
We're doing applications a little differently this year. General applications are immediately available for all students not at Cornell. In early September, we will open applications to Cornell students, and these will be on a first-come first-serve basis. Add yourself to the mailing list so that you'll know when applications open.
Have more questions?
Send them to [email protected]!


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