AE Hackathon

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 11/05/2016 - 11/06/2016
All Day

Location
Binghamton University Innovative Technologies Complex

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Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon SeasonABOUT

The America East hackathon, Hack AE, is a 24-hour hackathon organized by the AEAC, the academic initiative of the America East Conference. Inspired by the upcoming United States presidential election, Hack AE is a civic hackathon designed to provide student developers and designers with a unique opportunity to build software and hardware projects that encourage civic engagement and/or address the real-world challenges facing our neighborhoods, cities, states, and country.


FAQs

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a creative coding event that brings developers and designers together to engage in collaborative computer programming.

Who can register to attend Hack AE?

All undergraduate students enrolled at an America East university may register to attend Hack AE. If you are an undergraduate student at one of the following universities, you are more than welcome to register.

  • University at Albany
  • Binghamton University
  • University of Hartford
  • University of Maine
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • University of New Hampshire
  • Stony Brook University
  • University of Vermont

Why should I attend Hack AE?

Hack AE provides you with an opportunity to learn about new and emerging technologies from industry experts, discover internship and career opportunities with sponsoring companies, hone your skills in the company of seasoned mentors, and meet fellow hackers from across the America East Conference. At Hack AE, you will have access to some of the best hardware and APIs on the market, as well as the opportunity to earn some terrific prizes.

When and where is Hack AE?

This year, Hack AE will take place on Saturday, November 5 – Sunday, November 6, 2016 at the Innovative Technologies Complex at Binghamton University. Members of Binghamton University’s student hackathon organization, HackBU, will be on site to welcome Hack AE participants!

Is there a limit on the number of students that may attend Hack AE?

We are committed to ensuring that Hack AE is large enough in size to allow for broad participation from across the America East but small enough to ensure that participating students benefit from meaningful instruction and mentoring, as well as valuable networking with fellow hackers and industry professionals. At present, we expect to welcome approximately 250 hackers.

When will Hack AE registration open?

Non-Binghamton University Students:

Registration opened at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2016.

Binghamton University Students:

Wave 1: Registration opened at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, September 15, 2016. Registration temporarily closed once 50 Binghamton University students registered.

Wave 2: Registration reopened at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.

Why will a wave registration system be used for Binghamton University students?

We believe that the Hack AE experience is greatly enhanced when students from a wide array of America East universities are in attendance. We also believe that, when it comes to registration, there is such a thing as a home court advantage. For Binghamton University students, there is little to no travel time to consider when deciding whether to register for Hack AE.  In order to ensure that students from other America East universities have an equitable registration opportunity, we have chosen to use a wave registration system for Binghamton students. If you are a Binghamton student with questions or concerns about this process, please don’t hesitate to email us at info@theaeac.org (subject line “Hack AE”).

When will Hack AE registration officially close?

UPDATE Registration officially closed to all America East students at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, October 24, 2016.

How do I get to Hack AE?

You may travel to Binghamton University by car or bus. Please note that we intend to financially support bus transportation to and from America East universities with high numbers of registered hackers, so encourage your friends to join you for what will be an amazing weekend.

In the event that a bus is not traveling to and from your America East university, please know that we will be offering up to $200 in the form of a travel reimbursement to assist students who will be traveling to Binghamton University on their own or with friends.

Once registration has officially closed, we will be in touch with more information!

How much does it cost to attend Hack AE?

Absolutely nothing. Hack AE is free to all registered attendees. We will provide you with WiFi, a workspace, meals, caffeine, and plenty of swag!

What should I bring to Hack AE? 

Please bring a laptop, laptop charger, and your student ID. If you wish to borrow hardware during the hackathon, please bring a government-issued ID. Additionally, we recommend that you bring a toothbrush, sleeping bag or blanket, and change of clothes.

Is there a theme for Hack AE?

Yes! Inspired by the upcoming presidential election, Hack AE is a civic hackathon designed to provide students with a unique opportunity to build software and hardware projects that encourage civic engagement and/or address real-world challenges. Hackers may build anything (e.g., web applications, desktop applications, mobile applications, hardware), provided the project strives to foster civic engagement and/or solve one or more of the most vexing issues facing our society.

May I build on a past project?

No. Hack AE is an opportunity to build something completely new within a 24-hour period. As such, you cannot work on past projects. However, you are permitted to use your own APIs or third-party APIs, provided their use is for a new project.

What if I have never attended a hackathon?

Don’t worry; students from all academic backgrounds, regardless of hacking experience, are welcome. We will have mentors on site to introduce you to the spectacular world of hacking!

Do I need to form or join a team to participate in Hack AE?

Not necessarily. While teamwork is certainly encouraged, you do not need to form or join a team before the event, or at all. If you choose to work with others, we will provide plenty of time before hacking officially begins for you to form or join a team.

That said, we will be encouraging some friendly competition between America East universities!

Is there a code of conduct?

Yes! All Hack AE attendees must abide by the Major League Hacking Code of Conduct.

Will there be prizes?

Absolutely! Prizes will be awarded for the following:

Overall Prizes

Best Hack – 1st Place Overall

Best Hack – 2nd Place Overall

Best Hack – 3rd Place Overall

Category Prizes

Best Beginner Hack (for first-time hackers only)

Most Technically Sophisticated Hack

Most Innovative Hack (sponsored by General Electric)

Best Education Hack

Best Environmental Hack

Best Health and Wellness Hack

Funniest Hack

Honorable Mention

Major League Hacking Prizes

Amazon Web Services Prize

Domain.com Prize

Ubisoft Prize

Hack Harassment Prize

How can I receive real-time updates on all things Hack AE?

Great question! Connect with us on Twitter for the latest news, updates and photos!

What should I do if I have a question that hasn’t been addressed?

Drop us a line! We would love to hear from you at info@theaeac.org (subject line “Hack AE”).


SCHEDULE

Saturday, November 5

11:00 a.m. Event check-in opens
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Opening ceremony
1:30 p.m. Hacking begins!
6:00 p.m. Dinner
10:00 p.m. Late-night snack

Sunday, November 6

8:00 a.m. Breakfast
1:30 p.m. Hacking ends!
1:30 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Judging, awards, & closing ceremony

REGISTRATION 

Non-Binghamton University Students: 

Registration opened at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2016.

UPDATE Registration officially closed to all America East students at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, October 24, 2016.

 

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Binghamton University Students:

Wave 1: Registration opened at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, September 15, 2016. Registration temporarily closed once 50 Binghamton University students registered.

Wave 2: Registration reopened at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.

UPDATE Registration officially closed to all America East students at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, October 24, 2016.


MENTORS

If you have a background in computer science and are interested in serving as a mentor at Hack AE, please email us at info@theaeac.org (subject line “Hack AE”).


SPONSORS

Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support of Hack AE.


PARTNERS

The Hack AE family is enormously grateful for the help and support of its stellar 2016-17 partners, the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships at Binghamton UniversityHackBU, and Major League Hacking.