November 10-12, 2017 @ Wellesley College


WHACK is a celebration of diverse identities in tech.

At the fifth iteration of WHACK, the Wellesley College hackathon, over 300 students from colleges throughout the U.S. Northeast will come together for 36 hours to turn their ideas into reality.

At WHACK, you can have fun, be creative, build, break, learn, and ask questions in a space that celebrates diversity. You’ll enjoy a weekend of awesome tech, food, swag, workshops, and mini-events while learning from distinguished speakers, inspiring mentors, and peers. We consider WHACK a success if you make new connections and gain skills that will stay with you long after WHACK is over.

Whether you’re a seasoned developer or designer, or just starting out as a beginner, there’s something at WHACK for you.


  • What is a hackathon?

    It’s a grand gathering of people to make their ideas come to life. Think out of the box, try new technologies, ask questions, make mistakes, discover a new language, and have fun! We will be following Major League Hacking's Code of Conduct. Check out their video explaining what a hackathon is here.

  • What if I have no experience with coding or hackathons?

    Don’t sweat it! We’ve purposefully designed WHACK to offer an encouraging and supportive environment. At WHACK, you’ll quickly learn from our workshops and army of mentors, as well as your team members and other students.

  • When is the deadline to apply?

    The deadline to apply is the midnight of October 15, 2017, and decisions will be sent out in the following weeks.

  • Who can attend? Is this event only for women?

    We welcome any undergraduate college student 18+ to participate in WHACK. It’s important to keep in mind that we are looking to create a welcoming and empowering space for women and other underrepresented identities in tech. If you have any questions about this, please contact us!

  • Will travel costs be reimbursed?

    Buses to and from Bryn Mawr College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and Barnard College will be provided. If your school is located near one of these schools, you’re welcome to join to join the bus rides. We will also be providing transportation for students who attend schools in the greater Boston area.

    Unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to reimburse for flights. Once you’ve accepted your spot at WHACK, we’ll provide more details about transportation.

  • How will mentorship work?

    We believe that mentorship is essential to an effective learning experience. You will have access to wonderful mentors throughout the entire event who will help guide you and help you troubleshoot, including industry professionals, Wellesley College alums, faculty, and experienced hackers.

  • What if I can only come for part of the weekend?

    If you have a special circumstance, please stipulate it on your application. WHACK is ultimately a resource for you to learn, connect with others, and meet mentors in industry, so you'll get more out of it if you can stay for the whole event.

  • How will teams work?

    Each team may have between 2-5 people. You may work with your friends, but everyone must submit individual applications. We’ll also be facilitating team-formation activities before and during the event to help you find teams. Although you’re welcome to hack on your own, only teams are eligible to win prizes.

  • What will I eat?

    Trust us, you won’t be hungry at WHACK! We’ll provide Friday night dinner, all meals on Saturday, and Sunday breakfast & lunch. We’ll also have a snack table, food surprises, and coffee throughout the hackathon. We work hard to accommodate all dietary restrictions and make healthy options available.

  • What should I bring to the hackathon?

    Please bring your student ID (and government ID highly encouraged), laptop, and chargers. We also recommend that you bring some warm clothing, a blanket, toiletries, and anything else you might need in order to spend the night.

  • Who do I contact with other questions?

    Shoot us a message at hello@wellesleyhacks.org  or tweet at us@wellesleyhack and we’ll get right back to you!


Want to sponsor? Contact us at sponsors@wellesleyhacks.org to learn more.


We are a student-run event organized with the support of Major League Hacking and the Wellesley Computer Science Club.