Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is a Hackathon?

A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is an event in which computer programmers, and others involved in software development and hardware development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects. —Wikipedia

Q: Will I lose IP rights to my project if I participate?

Absolutely not! 
All participants will retain intellectual property (IP) rights to what they build. The purpose of this Hackathon is to spur innovation that will benefit the community. We hope you will continue to build on the platforms you have created after the Hackathon is over.

Q: What should I build?

You can build web or mobile applications in whatever language or platform you prefer. The sky is the limit with regards to what can be built. The best place to start is to connect with the resources found below and research other obstacles that cities maybe facing. There you can think of ways to solve those issues using software.

Q: Can I get a head start on my project?

To ensure a level field for all contestants, all code, design, art, music, SFX, and assets must be created during the duration of the Hackathon. We want to ensure that all participants start off on the same footing and we also want to preserve the true nature of a hackathon. You are, however, free to make plans, create wireframes, and brainstorm prior to the event.

Q: How many hackers can make up a team?

Teams can be anywhere from 2 to 6 members. In order to qualify for the collegiate prize, half of your team must be enrolled in a 2 or 4 year institution. If your team is at an odd number, it must be the higher of the half. Example: Teams of 5 must have 3, teams of 3 must have 2. Don’t forget to Register to participate!

Q: What do I bring?

Bring your laptops, mobile phones, Kinects, Oculus Rifts, wearable computing devices, or whatever sparks your creativity. Don't forget to bring an appetite for hacking and free food!