FAQs

What if I’m new?

According to our survey, about 70% of Grinnell students have never participate in a hackathon before. We encourage new programmers to come because hackathons provide an opportunity to gain experience. As a new programmer at hackGC, you will learn a lot in a short amount of time, be challenged, and build something awesome.

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How many people on a team?

There can be up to four (4) people on a team.

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Is this a(n) MLH sponsored event?

Unfortunately, no. Since this is the first year of hackGC, we cap the number of participants at 50. We contacted MLH and they said they are not interested in sponsoring events that have less than 100 participants. We have worked our hardest with the resources we have to bring you a comparable and unique experience.

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What should I bring?

Laptop chargers, phone chargers etc. Oh, and don’t forget to bring friends, enthusiasm and willingness to challenge yourself!

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Do I have to be there the entire time?

No, but all your coding and work must be done at the site of the competition.

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Should I pull all-nighters?

Definitely not! The main purpose of the event is to learn a lot, collaborate with other Grinnellians and have fun. You will not get the most out of the experience if you are not fully awake and are exhausted throughout the event. Self-care is important!

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Can I start working before hackGC starts?

No, participants are not allowed to work on their projects before the event. We WILL check this and will disqualify any teams/individuals who violate this. If you want to prepare for the hackathon, focus on gaining experience with and knowledge of the tools you hope to use to build your project.

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How does judging work?

Teams will demo their application, science fair style, to a panel of judges, who will deliberate on their favorite submissions to choose the winners.

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