Major League Hacking 2020 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 eighth iteration of WHACK, the Wellesley College hackathon, over 300 students from colleges throughout the U.S. Northeast will come together for 32 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.

Schedule (2020) - COMING SOON!

WHACK will be held at virtually.

Prize Categories -COMING SOON!

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 25, 2019, 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.

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Meet the team!

Introducing the 2020 WHACK organizing team. We’re all incredibly excited for you to join us and enjoy the amazing events we have lined up for you!

  • Jessica Li
    Co-Director
    2021
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Avery Kim
    Co-Director
    2022
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Esther Choe
    Logistics + Sponsorship
    2022
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Joy Li
    Logistics
    2023
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Maddie Moon
    Logistics (Sponsorship)
    2023
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Nina Sachdev
    Logistics (Sponsorship)
    2021
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Janelle Leung
    Co-Treasurer Lead
    2023
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Emily Zhang
    Co-Treasurer Lead
    2023
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Rachel Navarrette
    Co-Web Developer Lead
    2021
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Peggy Wang
    Co-Web Developer Lead
    2021
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Wabil Asjad
    Web Developer
    2022
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Amy Fung
    Web Developer
    2023
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Julie Lely
    Marketing/Design Lead
    2023
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Abigail Chen
    Designer
    2022
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Katie Toye
    Marketing/Outreach
    2021
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Angela Wang
    Marketing/Design
    202?

Past Sponsors

Want to sponsor for our 2020 hackathon? 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.