FAQ

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an innovation competition where students compete to develop a solution to a technical problem. Students will have 24 hours to design, build, and present their solution.

Who can participate?

Attendees must be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a college or university. All majors are welcome! We encourage you to form a team from a variety of majors. The goal of our organization is to facilitate interdisciplinary approaches to technical problems faced by our participating organizations dedicated to social change in medicine and health. A wide-range of skills sets is most often required to optimize social impact.

Can I still sign-up if I don’t have a team?

Yes! Feel free to form a team prior to the event or come meet students from a variety of backgrounds and we’ll help you form a team.

If you’re planning to find a team prior to the event, you can still go ahead and sign up now as registration is done independently. Teams of 2-4 are allowed.

Can graduate students participate?

Yes! Graduate students are allowed to compete in our upcoming 2020 Medical Solutions Hackathon.
Alternatively, Graduate students can participate as mentors. If you are interested, please email our Director, Caitlyn Pratt, at directorgw@georgehacks.org.

Where is the event located?

The Science and Engineering Hall at the George Washington University
800 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20052
B1 Level

Will transportation be provided?

No, please provide your own transportation.

Where do I sleep?

Hack through the night! We will provide a quiet room so make sure to bring a sleeping bag or pillow if you would like to nap.

How much does it cost?

It doesn’t! George Hacks is free for all participants. (You even get free food, coffee, and gear!)

What should I bring?

Bring a valid student ID & a sleeping bag if you plan to stay the night. Feel free to bring any supplies you may need, such as a laptop.

Do I need to know how to code?

No, you do not need to know how to code to do well at this event as it’s not a traditional hackathon. The pitches will span a variety of skill sets.

Do I need to bring my own supplies?

No, mentors, workshops, brainstorming supplies, and technical supplies (hardware and construction materials) will all be provided to participants.

Can I start working on the project prior to the event?

No, pitches will be released the day of the event during opening ceremonies.

Will we be working the whole time?

No, fun activities, informative workshops, and lots of food breaks will be provided throughout the event.

How will I be judged?

Judging criteria will be made available to all participants at the start of the event.

What prizes are there?

Prizes will be announced at least one week before the event. In addition to prizes, each of the top three teams will receive medals.

Is there a code of conduct?

Yes, our event will be governed by MLH’s Code of Conduct.

What if I have more questions?

Please email directorgw@georgehacks.org