Frequently Asked Questions
What is HackYSU?
Where and when is HackYSU?
What do people do at hackathons?
Does it cost anything to participate?
How do I register?
Are there prizes?
Do I need to be able to code?
What are the rules?
What do I need to participate?
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HackYSU is a hack-a-thon / make-a-thon, an event where students of all majors and experience levels come together to create something - normally a creative technology project like an app or website - over the course of a weekend.
HackYSU 2023 will be held at Youngstown State University in the DeBartolo Stadium Club on April 14-16th.
Students will have 36 hours to create anything they want – software, hardware, a business plan, art, a design, anything – in the pursuit of experience, fun, knowledge, and prizes. Projects will be exhibited in a showcase Sunday around noon.
Nope! Not only is HackYSU free, but you'll recieve some complimentary food and swag too.
Use the Registration link at the top of the site!
If you are under 18 or a high school student please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the event to be considered.
Yep! There will be cash prizes for the best projects, and potentially other prizes for certain categories thanks to our amazing sponsors. But really, it's not about winning as much as it's about learning, creating, and networking.
Nope! Not only is HackYSU not a programming-only event (though there will be a lot of it), it is an educational experience. No matter what your experience is, you are welcome here. Everyone is invited to expand their skill set and make something! We'll have mentors around helping students with their hacks and hardware - including our Raspberry Pis you can borrow and hack on. There will also be a team building session where you can meet some other attendees who you can work with for the weekend!
Hackers must abide by Major League Hacking's Code of Conduct and YSU's Code of Conduct.
Also, teams must consist of 5 or less hackers, and all projects must be created at the hackathon to qualify for prizes. Feel free to plan a bit at home, but it wouldn't be fair if you have a head start!
Ideally, you'll have a computer and some hygiene basics, but if you don't have access to a personal computer, let us know! We will have Raspberry Pis available for you to borrow for the duration of the event, and we can look into getting monitors, keyboards, etc.
Email us at email@example.com and we'll take care of you.
HackYSU Parking Information
Any company and non-YSU students attending the event should notify parking attendants in the M70 lot who you represent and that you are attending HackYSU. The Computer Club will be covering those costs. Current YSU students with a parking pass can park overnight in the deck or in M70.
The DeBartolo Club room is atop Stambaugh Stadium. To join us up there, cross the street from the M70 lot and enter through Gate C, the elevator will be directly on the left.
HackYSU Itinerary April 14-16th
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