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.

10:30 AM
Registration begins

Light Refreshments will be served!


11:00 AM
Opening Ceremony

Location: Alumnae Hall


12:00 PM
Hacking Starts!

Location: Alumnae Ballroom


1:00 PM
Lunch

2:00 PM
Hacking and Workshops

[WAYFAIR] Vim as an IDE: Writing Code Faster with Free Open-Source Software

Location: Lulu 413


3:00 PM
Wayfair API Demo

Location: Lulu 413


3:30 PM
Wayfair Info Session

Location: Lulu 413



4:00 PM
Intro to Websites

Location: Lulu 413

Advanced Python

Location: Lulu 210


4:30 PM
Ethical Hacking

Location: Lulu 413

WeStart OH: Innovation Process

Location: Lulu 210


5:00 PM
Mobile App Development with Android

Location: Lulu 413


Introduction to App Inventor (An Accessible Approach to Mobile Apps)

Location: Lulu 210


5:30 PM
Introduction to Electronics with Arduino

Location: Lulu 413


6:00 PM
Introduction to sorting algorithms and compare their running time

Location: Lulu 413

Leveraging Serverless Compute to rapidly prototype Cross Platform Apps

Location: Lulu 210


6:30 PM
Dinner

7:00-10:00 PM
Moar Hacking

11:00 PM
Shnacks
9:00 AM
Breakfast

10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Hacking

12:00 PM
Hacking ends

Remember to submit to Devpost!


12:30 PM
Lunch

mingle and eat


1:00 PM
Project Expo

judging begins


3:00 PM
Judging Ends

Deliberation of the Jury

4:00 PM
Closing Ceremony

Winners Announced!

Prize Categories

WHACK

Best Beginner

Crowd Favorite


SPONSORS

Wayfair: Best Hack to Help Housing Inequality

Twilio: Challenge: Best Use of Twilio API

JPM Challenge: Best Hack for Social Good


MLH

Best Use of Blockstack

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Best Use of Google Cloud

Best use of UI path


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.

  • What will I eat?

    Trust us, you won’t be hungry at WHACK! We’ll provide 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.

  • How do I get to Wellesley College?

    From Cambridge or Downtown 🚌(~1 hour): Wellesley Shuttle stops at Harvard Square, MIT campus, and Marlborough street every hour and brings you directly to Wellesley's campus

    From Boston Logan Airport (BOS)✈️(~90 minutes): Take the MBTA Silver Line Bus 🚌 to South Station. At South Station, switch to the Commuter Rail train 🚄 (Framingham/Worcester Line) to Wellesley Square From there, you may walk 👟 to campus (15 minutes) or call a taxi/use a ride-hailing app

    From Boston’s South Station 🚄(~1 hour): South Station is a transit hub for buses and trains. Take the Commuter Rail train 🚄 (Framingham/Worcester Line) from South Station to Wellesley Square From there, you may walk 👟 to campus (15 minutes) or call a taxi/use a ride-hailing app

    Driving or Uber/Lyft directions 🚗 Set your address to Lulu Chow Wang Center Parking is available at Davis Parking Facility, 2 minutes from WHACK location Non-Boston off-campus guests can be reimbursed up to $50 for your travel costs. Please remember to keep your travel receipts.

  • 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 2019 WHACK organizing team. We’re all incredibly excited for you to join us and enjoy the amazing events we have lined up for you!

  • Celine Christory
    Director
    2021
  • Fatima Aslam
    Communication Coordinator
    2022
  • Avery Kim
    Sponsorship Outreach
    2022
  • Vera Ye
    Logistics
    2021
  • Jessica Li
    Logistics
    2021
  • Yihui Liao
    Logistics
    2022
  • Shirley Lei
    Developer
    2020
  • Chloe (Yichen) Wang
    Developer
    2020
  • Peggy Wang
    Developer
    2021
  • Rachel Navarrette
    Developer
    2021
  • Funing Yang
    Media Editor
    2022
  • Tiffany Sharma
    Designer
    2020
  • Gaby Inchoco
    Designer
    2022
  • Marily Karageorgiou
    Marketing
    2020
  • Katie Toye
    Marketing
    2022
  • Julie Lely
    Marketing
    2023
  • Chloe Kim
    Marketing
    2023
  • Angela Qian
    Marketing
    2023
  • Brian Lee
    Celine 1.5
    2021

Sponsors

Want to sponsor for our 2019 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.