Frequently Asked Questions

Can I attend?

As long as you’re a college student and 18 or older, you’re invited to apply to HackUConn! High school students are not eligible to attend.

Where is it?

HackUConn 2018 will take place at UConn’s Storrs campus at NextGen Hall and Laurel Hall

Do I need a team?

It is not necessary to arrive at the hackathon with a team. Most participants arrive as individuals and form teams with other participants over the weekend.

Will you provide travel reimbursements?

Not at this time, but we may be arranging a bus to pick up students from New York City and Boston. Stay tuned!

Do I need to major in computer science to apply?

No not at all. Anyone who can build anything or describes themselves as entrepreneurial is eligible and encouraged to apply. We will be hosting several intro courses throughout the event for anybody interested in learning how to program or set up a website as well!

What should I bring?

Bring a laptop for hacking and a valid student ID for admission into the event. We will provide everything else and more, including free food, giveaways, and hacker love.

Is the event free?

Yes! Because of the generosity of our sponsors, we are able to make the event free for everyone. However you must still apply and be accepted as we have a limited number of spots.

Where can I find the schedule of the event?

We'll be releasing the schedule soon. Stay tuned!

What prototyping materials are provided?

For those teams wishing to build physical prototypes, we will have a limited selection of prototyping supplies including LEGOs, Arduinos, foam, and craft supplies. If the supplies we provide do not meet your team’s needs, you are more than welcome to obtain what you need from nearby stores.

What other resources are provided?

There is a wealth of intellectual prowess at the hackathon, and we encourage participants to seek advice and guidance from the mentors, speakers, and organizers who will be available throughout the weekend as you develop your solution and final presentation pitch. The mentors, speakers, and organizers have diverse backgrounds ranging from healthcare, business, entrepreneurship, engineering, software and app development, marketing and design, and regulatory.

Are teams expected to continue after?

We encourage teams to continue working even after the hackathon, and have programs and resources to help you take what you’ve done to the next level, but ultimately the decision is completely up to you and your team whether you wish to continue.

Extra questions?

Please email us and we'll respond to you as soon as possible!