America East Hackathon | Hack AE
Date(s) - 03/02/2019 - 03/03/2019
Univeristy of Maine
The 3rd annual America East hackathon, Hack AE, will take place on Saturday, March 2 – Sunday, March 3, 2019 at the University of Maine.
Hack AE is a 24-hour civic hackathon designed to bring America East students together to build software and hardware projects that address real-world challenges facing our neighborhoods, cities, states and country. Hack AE 2019 turns its focus to the small farmers and other independent agricultural and agricultural dependent businesses. This year’s event will bring together cross-disciplinary skills sets from across the northeast to address the integration of tech-savvy skills with the economic conditions of small agricultural businesses.
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 currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students at any college or university are welcome to register.
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 Northeast. 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.
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!
When and where is Hack AE?
This year, Hack AE will take place on Saturday, March 2 – Sunday, March 3, 2019 in the Memorial Union on the University of Maine campus.
How do I get to Hack AE?
You may travel to the University of Maine by car, train, or bus.
Please note that we will support transportation to and from America East universities ONLY, so encourage your friends to join you for what will be an amazing weekend.
Please stay tuned for more information regarding travel to and from the event.
If I drive to the University of Maine where may I park?
Parking will be available in the Collins Center for the Arts (CCA Lot). Hack AE participants will receive a free parking pass at registration.
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!
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 valuable networking with fellow hackers and industry professionals. At present, we expect to welcome approximately 200 hackers.
Is there a theme for Hack AE?
Yes! Hack AE is a civic hackathon designed to provide students with a unique opportunity to build software and hardware projects that address real-world challenges. This year, the America East hackathon will bring together teams of student designers, foresters, horticulturists, engineers, coders, artists, business entrepreneurs, and more to create ways in which local agricultural businesses can utilize inexpensive, readily available, and environmentally resilient equipment, tools, and services to gather, assess, and respond to information important to growing, protecting, and/or harvesting.
Hackers may build anything (e.g., web applications, desktop applications, mobile applications, hardware), provided the project strives to solve a problem related to one or more of the above topics/sub-topics.
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.
Are there any other restrictions in terms of what I may build?
Projects may not contain anything that is or may be construed as: (1) threatening, harassing, degrading, or hateful; (2) defamatory; (3) fraudulent; or (4) obscene, indecent, or otherwise objectionable. Further, projects may not contain any material that may encourage conduct constituting a criminal offense.
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.
Will there be prizes?
Of course! All members of award-winning teams will receive a prize. Award information will be posted soon!
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.
Will there be a designated sleeping space for students?
Absolutely. We recognize that students may wish to get some sleep during this all-night event. As such, there will be a designated sleeping room for students interested in taking a short or long nap!
Is there a code of conduct?
Yes! All Hack AE attendees must abide by the Major League Hacking Code of Conduct.
How can I receive real-time updates on all things Hack AE?
Great question! We strongly encourage you to 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 um.Hackathon@Maine.edu (subject line “Hack AE”).