Major League Hacking 2021 Hackathon Season

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.

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 31, 2021.

  • 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 2021 WHACK organizing team. We’re all incredibly excited for you to join us and enjoy the amazing events we have lined up for you!

  • Maddie Moon
    Director
    2023
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  • Alyssa Choi
    Web Developer
    2024
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  • Amanda Cheung
    Treasurer
    2024
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  • Toshali Goel
    Design/Marketing
    2023
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  • Wabil Asjad
    Logistics
    2022
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  • Louisa Wang
    Logistics
    2024
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