Major League Hacking 2019 Hackathon Season
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At WHACK, you can have fun, be creative, build, break, learn, and ask questions in a space that celebrates diversity.

At the sixth 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.

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

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.

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Join us!


Slack

Channels on transportation, team formation, and announcements. Slack will be our main method of communication throughout the weekend.


Devpost

This is where you will submit your final projects. A Devpost support member will be available through Slack when submissions start rolling in.


Crowdforge

Find a hackathon team here according to your skills, interests, and goals. Still looking for an interesting team? Create your own!

5:00 - 6:30 PM
Registration

check in @ Alumnae Hall


6:00 - 7:00 PM
Dinner

mingle and eat


7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Opening Ceremony

keynote from TeLisa Daughtry


8:00 PM
Hacking Begins

ready, set, hack!


8:30 - 9:00 PM
Team Building Activities

bring ideas & find team members!


9:00 - 10:00 PM
Workshop: Introduction to AR/VR

Location: Lulu 413

introduction to AR/VR and how 3d models are used at Wayfair

Skill Level: Beginner


10:00 - 11:00 PM
Workshop: Serverless computing using Lambda/AWS

Location: Lulu 210

Why will serverless computing would change how we develop our application?

Skill Level: Intermediate


12:00 - 1:00 AM
Midnight Snack

mingle and eat

7:00 - 10:00 AM
Breakfast

mingle and eat


9:00 - 10:00 AM
Workshop: Introduction to Unity Engine and building games

Location: Lulu 415

Introduction to Unity Engine and building games

Skill Level: Intermediate

What You Need: Knowledge of Unity, C# is a plus


9:00 - 10:00 AM
Fireside Chat: Fidelity’s Technical Internships and Leap Program

Location: Lulu 413

Come learn about the multitude of technical opportunities at Fidelity Investments! We will be sharing with you all the details about our company, our technology internship program and our entry level technology training and development program called Leap! You will hear from a technical recruiter who manages the technology roles in New England and understand if this could be the right opportunity for you!

Skill Level: Beginner


10:00 - 11:00 AM
Fireside Chat: Giving Feedback as a Woman in Tech

Location: Lulu 305

Let's discuss the challenges of giving and receiving feedback, how to use feedback to create change, and how to keep feedback from furthering the negative perception of an assertive woman's voice in the workplace.

Skill Level: Beginner


10:00 - 11:00 AM
Fireside Chat: Getting onboarded - How to sell yourself to coworkers/management

Location: Lulu 210

Even employees in technical roles will have to handle an ensemble of interpersonal relationships. We'll chat on 10 or so tips to cultivate a mindset that is productive, strategic, and most importantly genuine.

Skill Level: Beginner


10:00 - 11:00 AM
Workshop: Breaking the Code: Resume Writing for Success

Location: Lulu 413

During this workshop we will have a University Talent Agent from Fidelity Investments break down the do’s and don’ts for resume writing and interviewing.

Skill Level: Beginner

What You'll Need: laptop or notebook for taking notes, pen for making edits should you want to make edits as we go on your hardcopy resume; may bring resume for editing/review with workshop leader 1 on 1


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Workshop: How To Quickly Put Up Your Personal or Buisness Static Website

Location: Lulu 415

Build your personal or professional website with bootstrap, node, and surge.

Skill Level: Beginner

What You''ll Need: Good text editor (rec. Atom or Sublime) and install npm. If you would like to set up a custom domain, buy it in advance. Recommended to have basic experience with HTML and CSS but not required.


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Workshop: Introducing the Google Cloud Platform

Location: Lulu 210

Introducing the Google Cloud Platform

Skill Level: Beginner


12:00 - 2:00 PM
Lunch

mingle and eat


1:00 - 2:00 PM
Workshop: Deep Learning: Beginners Intro

Location: Lulu 413

Interested in joining the field of deep learning? This workshop will guide you through tutorials that will get your hands on the keyboard, giving you the jump start you need! Both Danyal and Will are recent grads and have jobs in the field of machine learning. They also pursue personal projects such as building artificial intelligence diagnostic tools for the medical field, i.e. cancer diagnostic tools. Rapid prototyping with python and keras in this workshop on open source datasets.

Skill Level: Beginner

What You'll Need: Laptop with python 3 or higher (not 3.7) and corresponding version of keras, basic Python skills


1:00 - 2:00 PM
Fireside Chat: An Introduction to Digital Asset, Blockchain, and our Summer Internship Program

Location: Lulu 210

You've probably heard the buzz about blockchain and you may be wondering what's the difference between blockchain and bitcoin? What type of problems is blockchain looking to solve? What kind of people work on blockchain technology? Come meet the team from Digital Asset (DA) to get answers to these questions and learn all about distributed ledger technology (DLT), our company, and how to get involved!

Skill Level: Beginner


1:00 - 2:00 PM
Workshop: Get Your Head in the Cloud: Nutanix Tech Talk

Location: Lulu 415

This will be an overview of what our teams are doing at Nutanix and how you can get involved!

Skill Level: Beginner


2:00 - 3:00 PM
Workshop: Modeling value on the blockchain with Digital Asset

Location: Lulu 210

Have a great idea for a solution to a problem you think could be solved by blockchain? Come learn how to code using the Digital Asset Modeling Language (DAML) with Digital Asset (DA). DAML is a succinct, uniquely powerful contract modeling language built specifically for distributed ledgers that unambiguously codifies complex, real-life agreements.

Skill Level: Intermediate


2:00 - 3:00 PM
Fireside Chat: The Art of Pitching

Location: Lulu 413

sharing best practices and storytelling tips for making great pitches

Skill Level: Beginner


2:00 - 3:00 PM
Workshop: Build Alexa Skills with AWS

Location: Lulu 415

In this workshop, you will create your first Alexa skill using Alexa cookie book source code. It also covered reference implementation of an Alexa skill and how to test your skills.

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

What You'll Need: Laptop and Knowledge of basic Node.js


3:00 - 4:00 PM
Fireside Chat: PANEL: Get Your Head in the Cloud: Life at Nutanix

Location: Lulu 413

This will be an overview of what our teams are doing at Nutanix and how you can get involved!

Skill Level: Beginner


3:00 - 4:00 PM
Workshop: 3D Web Graphics with Three.js

Location: Lulu 210

This workshop will provide a basic introduction to creating 3D graphics for a website. Websites typically use WebGL to allow the browser to leverage the user's on-board graphics processor for displaying graphics. WebGL is fairly low level, so we will focus on using the Javascript Library Three.js which provides a high level interface for many common 3D graphics features such as meshes, shaders, scenes, lighting, animation, etc. implemented in WebGL. In the workshop, we will implement a 3D scene of a planet in orbit of the sun in space. The skill learned from this workshop should allow you to use the Three.js library to create a variety of different scenes.

Skill Level: Intermediate

What You'll Need: Laptop (preferably linux) with python and a modern web browser (i.e. not Internet Explorer)


4:00 - 5:00 PM
Workshop: Build Your Own Business As Illustrated in Boba

Location: Lulu 305

Build Your Own Business As Illustrated in Boba


4:00 - 5:00 PM
Workshop: Neural Networks for Noobs

Location: Lulu 415

Neural Networks for Noobs

What You'll Need: Python and pip.


4:00 - 5:00 PM
Fireside Chat: Being an engineer at a security company

Location: Lulu 210

Insights on the interview process, performance reviews, and life at a security company

Skill Level: Beginner


6:30 - 8:00 PM
Dinner

mingle and eat


7:30 - 8:00 PM
MLH Cup Stacking in Alumnae Auditorium

Take a break and have some fun with cupstacking!


10:00 PM - 4:00 AM
Gamer's Guild Viewing and Gaming Sessions

Viewing party for Overwatch and League as well as some fun casual console gaming sessions


12:00 - 1:00 AM
Midnight Snack

mingle and eat

8:00 AM
Hacking Ends

submit to Devpost!


8:00 - 10:00 AM
Breakfast

mingle and eat


9:30 - 11:00 AM
Project Expo

science fair style


12:00 - 2:00 PM
Lunch

mingle and eat


1:00 - 2:30 PM
Closing Ceremony

prizes & awards


2:30 PM
Buses Depart

goodbye!

Keynote Speaker

TeLisa Daughtry


TeLisa Daughtry is an Award-winning diversity & technology advocate; Serial Social Entrepreneur; angel investor; advisor; and author of 'Learn, Lead, Launch: a FlyTechnista's guide to Tech FLY & Hustle FLY'; a developer and technologist of 20 years; and Blockchain enthusiast.


She is passionate about creativity, technology, and entrepreneurship; and empowering women, youth, and people-of-color--in these spaces. In 2017, TeLisa was an honoree and recipient of an ACT4 Award; a Finalist for Code/Interactive 'Diversity in Tech Awards'; recognized on the SE100 most inspiring Social Innovations and Social Entrepreneurs around the world; named ‘Top 50 Visionary Women in Tech to Watch in 2017’ by Innov8tiv Magazine; and has been recognized as a ‘Changemaker’ by the United State of Women in 2016. She is a 2017 Ariane de Rothschild, Fellow; an alumni of Y-Combinator Startup School.


As an international speaker--she has spoken at the United Nations General Assembly, SXSW Edu, Google Women Techmakers; as well as several conferences, corporate, institutions, and community events; and has been featured on television, radio, and in publications such as Entrepreneur, Fox News, Black Enterprise, Cheddar TV, CNN, CBS Radio, Salon, Good Day New York, WeRule, Bustle, BOLD, and SWAAY. This FLYTechnista doesn't wear glass slippers, she "roundhouse-kicks GLASS CEILINGS"

Prize Categories

WHACK

Best WHACK HACK (Sponsored by Fidelity)

Best Beginner

Crowd Favorite


MINI EVENTS

Gamer's Guild Prize

Workshop Beast Team


SPONSORS

MassCEC Best Clean Transportation Hack

Wayfair Best Use of 3D API

Kensho Case Study Challenge

Coding It Forward Social Impact Challenge

Best Used of OneDB


MLH

Best Use of Authorize.net

Snap Kit Weekly Challenge

Best Chat Bot using Botkit & Cisco Webex Teams

Best use of Google Cloud Platform

Best use of Algolia API

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Best use of HERE.com

Best IoT Hack using a Qualcomm Device

Best use of Clarifai's API

Best Social Good Hack

FAQ

  • 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 13, 2018, 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!

  • 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.

  • How will teams work?

    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.

  • How will hackers be accepted?

    All hackers are welcome to come once registered for the event.

  • 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.

  • Where will I sleep?

    We will provide quiet sleeping areas at night, equipped with blankets and pillows. Bringing your own sleeping bag and eye mask is encouraged!

  • Will there be showers?

    Yes!! Showers will be available throughout the event, courtesy of the Wellesley Keohane Sports Center. However, hackers are required to bring their own towels.

  • 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, towel, toiletries, and anything else you might need in order to spend the night.

  • 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.

  • 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!

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Meet the team!

Introducing the 2018 WHACK organizing team. We’re all incredibly excited for you to join us and enjoy the amazing events we have lined up for you!

  • Emily Mattlin
    Co-Director
    2021
  • Jackeline Lopez-Ruiz
    Co-Director
    2021
  • Kealani Finegan
    Designer
    2019
  • Remi Kobayashi
    Designer
    2019
  • Allison Turner
    Web Developer
    2021
  • Nicole Li
    Web Developer
    2021
  • Valeria Yang
    Web Developer
    2021
  • Artemisia Luk
    Marketing Team
    2021
  • Margaret Sun
    Marketing Editor
    2021
  • Rachel Zhang
    Marketing Team
    2021
  • Alicia Lee
    Logistics
    2021
  • Chuyue Xiao
    Logistics
    2021
  • Celine Christory
    Logistics
    2021
  • Heidi Cho
    Treasurer
    2020
  • Isabelle Chun
    Treasurer
    2020

Sponsors

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



Partners

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