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!


Hack

The deadline to apply is midnight on October 13, 2018. Check out our FAQ to learn more.


Volunteer

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 Oct. 19, 2018.


Mentor

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!

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
Workshops

learn something new


10:00 - 11:00 PM
Workshops

learn something new

7:00 - 10:00 AM
Breakfast

mingle and eat


9:00 - 10:00 AM
Workshops

learn something new


10:00 - 11:00 AM
Activities

get some fresh air!


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Workshops

learn something new


12:00 - 2:00 PM
Lunch

mingle and eat


1:00 - 2:00 PM
Workshops

learn something new


6:30 - 8:00 PM
Dinner

mingle and eat


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 - 3:00 PM
Closing Ceremony

prizes & awards


3:00 PM
Buses Depart

goodbye!

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.