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, 2018. Check out our FAQ 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, 2018.
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!
Schedule (Coming Soon!)
WHACK will be held at Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall.
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, 2018, 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!
We will be organizing Lyft rides for students who attend schools in the greater Boston area.
We will be also sending three buses to schools throughout the Northeast. (If your school is located near one of these schools, you’re welcome to join to join the bus rides!)
Bus 1 (Pennsylvania): Bryn Mawr College, University of Pennsylania.
Bus 2 (New York): NYU, Barnard College/Columbia University, Fordham Univeristy.
Bus 3 (Massachusetts): UMass Amherst, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College.
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!
Yes!! Showers will be available throughout the event, courtesy of the Wellesley Keohane Sports Center. However, hackers are required to bring their own towels.
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.
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!
Want to sponsor? Contact us at email@example.com to learn more.
We are a student-run event organized with the support of the Wellesley Computer Science Club.