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Where is it?

  • The Technology Garden
  • 235 Harrison St
  • Syracuse, NY 13202
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Is there a code of conduct?

Yes. All hackers abide by the Hack Upstate Code of Conduct to maintain an open, friendly and inclusive community, in which Upstate New York’s tech community can adeptly connect, communicate and collaborate. Please read it here.

Where do I park?

We recommend parking at the Harrison/Warren Street Parking Garage (Fully automated, $7 daily or $15 overnight), or the Hotel Syracuse Parking Garage ($5 per day, $10 overnight). Additional parking options can be found here.

Is there lodging?

Lodging will not be paid for, but if you need a hotel we recommend the Marriot Hotel, directly accross from the venue.

Will there be a theme?

Nope! You can build whatever you would like with whatever tools you want.

Who can participate?

The hackathon is open to everyone!

Who is eligible for prizes?

Everyone except sponsors (sry).

Are there any rules?

  • No code can be written until the event kicks off.
  • No finishing previously started projects.
  • Libraries and frameworks are allowed.
  • All participants abide by the code of conduct.

I have an idea! How do I share?

You’ll have a chance to share it the day of the event.

How do I present my project?

Everyone will have the opportunity to showcase their projects on Sunday.

How do I join a team?

Talk with people about their ideas and find which interests you the most! We expect the teams to form organically

Can I be on more than one team?

Yes, but you will only be eligible for one prize.

Do I have to attend the full 24 hours?

We recommend you stay for a majority of the time and encourage you to participate as much as you can.

How many people per team?

No team limit! However, if it's a themed prize, not everyone on the team will get a prize. We recommend a max of 5.

Do I need to bring anything?

At a minimum, you will need:

  • laptop / computer
  • charger / power cords
  • eagerness to build something awesome
We also recommend:
  • extra change of clothes
  • toiletries
  • sleeping bag / blanket (it gets cold at night)
  • hacker setup
  • energy drink of choice
  • a decent amount of sleep
  • headphones
  • backpack for swag
  • favorite snacks
  • notebook / paper / pencil / pen / markers
  • jacket / hoodie / beanie (it gets cold at night)
What else should I bring?

Can I use hardware?

Of course! Raspberry pis, arduino boards, oculus rifts, etc. are all welcome.

Will there be hardware / equipment for me to borrow?

Yes! We have some awesome hardware in our lab for you to borrow. We also have:

  • 10 HDMI cables
  • 2 keyboards
  • 2 mouses

Are laptops provided?

We cannot provide laptops yet, sorry!

Can I come to hang out rather than participate?

Yes, if you would like to just stop by to hang out and learn about the hackathon you are more than welcome to. We encourage you to participate.

I don’t think I know enough to participate.

As long as you have interest and passion for a project - there will be a way for you to make an impact. Trust us.

Can I sleep at the event?

If you don’t mind uncomfortable sleeping spots, sure. Bring a sleeping bag and pillow if you'd like. If you can stay up for all 24 hours though, you are indeed a trooper.

Will there be travel reimbursement?

We are not offering reimbursement for travel.

I'm not a developer, how can I contribute?

For more information on how non-developers can contribute to a hackathon, please explore these two links.

What happens to the projects following the hackathon?

Some teams decide to continue working on them, others move on. It's entirely at the discretion of the team.

Who ‘owns’ the projects produced during the event?

The teams themselves 'own' the projects unless they make them open source. We wouldn't have it any other way.

How often do teams stay together and further develop a project?

If teams have loose ends to tie up they might meet to finish the project - it really depends on their availability. We encourage teams to keep on hacking even after the event is over!

Do you submit a project idea prior to the event?

You can try find a team using hackathon match or devpost, but you can decide at any point during the event what you'd like to work on.

Are you a MLH (Major League Hacking) event?

We are not, we're a student / practitioner hackathon. We love MLH though!

I still have a question! Who do I contact?

Please contact team@hackupstate.com if you have any questions or concerns.

When was this FAQ last updated?

This was last updated 3/15/2018.