FAQ

When is VassarHacks?

Saturday (April 23) – Sunday (April 24)!

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a social coding event where programmers, designers and developers collaborate to solve a problem and compete for cash prizes. It’s one part party, one part work-your-butt-off overnight battle against the clock and the competition.

Why would someone participate in a hackathon?

People participate in hackathons for lots of reasons: the challenge, the creative outlet, the community collaboration, the networking, the swag… 

You can join the Hackathon casually and learn new skills, or compete to make the best Hack!

Who can participate? Are there any prerequisites or required skills?

You must be a student from Vassar, Marist or SUNY New Paltz to participate as a Hacker. There are no required skills, anyone is welcome to participate in this event. While experience in coding and programming is a huge plus, teams will also need people with strong presentation skills and brilliant ideas.

Can I participate virtually?

Yes, you can! All of our events are happening virtually. Vassar students may also participate in-person in Rocky where we will be providing food and snacks. 

Do I need a team?

While you do have the option of working alone, VassarHacks is a team event so working with others is encouraged. There are a few ways to find teammates: You can pick your team from people you already know, meet people at the social events near the beginning of the Hackathon, or post about your idea and ask for teammates with specific skillsets.

Is there anything I need to prepare

Other than finding fellow brilliant minds with complementary skills to team up with, there is nothing that you need to prepare in advance.

How much does it cost?

FREE. Free for spectators. Free for participants.

Where are some resources to learn coding skills?

Vassar students have free subscriptions to LinkedIn Learning, which has very many excellent resources for learning new programming languages and concepts.

The official Python tutorial: https://docs.python.org/3/tutorial/

The official React.js tutorial: https://reactjs.org/tutorial/tutorial.html

Create-React-App, a free way to easily start React.js projects: https://github.com/facebook/create-react-app

Codecademy, for intros to most programming languages: https://www.codecademy.com/ 

Will there be prizes?

Absolutely. Check out our prize page for details.

How will teams be judged?

Teams will be judged based on their Hack’s technical prowess, whether they experimented with new technologies, whether the Hack fits the theme they chose and the accessibility features of their Hack. Each Hacker team should submit a video presentation (< 5 minutes long) of their Hack demonstrating these criteria.

Where do I sign up?
Here!

I have a question that isn’t answered here. Help!

Feel free to email Jason Lee with any additional questions.