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.
The deadline to apply is midnight on October 15, 2017. Check out our FAQs below to learn more.
See how a hackathon is run behind-the-scenes! Help with check in, food, mini-events, and other logistics. Free t-shirt included. Apply by Nov 1, 2017.
Mentors play a huge role at WHACK. We're looking for mentors who are knowledgeable about tech and enthusiastic about helping hackers to join us! If this sounds like you, please apply by Nov 1, 2017.
"WHACK gave me my first opportunity to build something real. In just 2 days I went beyond CS fundamentals and command line projects we typically do in classroom. I played around with APIs, databases and front end design, and got a sense of the tech industry from profound speakers and accessible mentors, all for the first time. There was constant energy flowing in the room!"
"WHACK was the first hackathon I ever attended, and I couldn't have asked for a better first experience. The mentors were supportive and encouraging. People were working on fun projects, and everyone I spoke to seemed so happy to be there. I met awesome people and had a great time learning and creating."
"WHACK was an amazing opportunity to learn more about tech and experience first-hand the stages of a project be completed from start to finish. Being surrounded by other women who share the same passion about tech was incredibly inspiring, and I learned so much about how to work productively with others collectively towards a goal. Having extremely active, accessible, and supportive mentors also made my experience that much more rewarding."
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.
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.
The deadline to apply is the midnight of October 15, 2017, and decisions will be sent out in the following weeks.
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!
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.
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.
Each team may have between 2-4 people. You and your friend may apply as a team, but everyone must submit individual applications. Members of teams who apply together will all receive the same acceptance decision.
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.
We accept hackers based on a holistic approach that takes into account your experience level, enthusiasm, qualities you would bring to the hackathon, geographical location (and if we're reasonably able to support your travel financially), and other aspects of your application in order to curate a diverse hacker pool. Members of teams who apply together will all receive the same acceptance decision.
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.
We will provide quiet sleeping areas at night, equipped with blankets and pillows. Bringing your own sleeping bag and eye mask is encouraged!
Please bring your student ID (and government ID highly encouraged), laptop, and chargers. We also recommend that you bring some warm clothing, a blanket, towel, toiletries, and anything else you might need in order to spend the night.
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.
Want to sponsor? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
We are a student-run event organized with the support of Major League Hacking and the Wellesley Computer Science Club.