What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a marathon software and hardware product creation event. At HackPrinceton, you can look forward to amazing guest speakers, helpful workshops, tons of skilled mentors, and, of course, fun games and great food.

Who can attend?

Any undergraduate or graduate student at any university in the world!

What should I bring?

Bring your student ID for entrance, and a government-issued ID to borrow hardware from our electrical engineering lab. You’ll also need your laptop and charger for hacking, and toiletries for hygiene.

I’ve never been to a hackathon and I’m nervous.

Have no fear — HackPrinceton is, first and foremost, a funlearning experience! We will have beginner workshops held by professors and industry professionals in web design, mobile applications, backends, cloud content management, and more! Our goal is for you to leave HackPrinceton having learned something.

Will this cost me money?

Nope! We’ll provide all the food, swag, and fun times you need to have an amazing weekend.

Will I be able to borrow hardware for my project?

Yes! We have one of the most well established hardware tracks in the country and our dedicated hardware lab will be stocked with parts and tools to build your project. Some items we've previously provided include:

  • Raspberry Pis + kits + touchscreens

  • Arduinos + kits

  • Oculus Rifts

  • Sparkcore

  • Myo Bands

  • Pebble Smartwatch

  • Servos, Motors and Gears

  • Soldering irons

  • Wire cutters, strippers, pliers

  • Laser cutter + acrylic

  • ...and more!

How will I get to Princeton?

We'll be sending a number of buses to some schools, which will provide you with transportation to and from HackPrinceton. You'll receive more details about your particular travel arrangement on your confirmation page.

What's the event schedule?

HackPrinceton will start around 5pm on Friday, November 10th and last until around 3pm on Sunday, November 12th. We'll be releasing more details about the schedule in the coming weeks.

Can I sleep at HackPrinceton?

Yes, of course! We encourage all hackers to take care of themselves and get some sleep over the weekend. We provide free on-campus housing at Princeton for hackers that request it.

I still have more questions!

Email us anytime at team@hackprinceton.com.