MARCH 29-30th, 2014




TribeHacks is the first collegiate hackathon hosted at the College of William & Mary. A hackathon is an opportunity for innovative students to come together and bring their software ideas to life. In as little as 24 hours, students working either individually or in a team as large as four can create applications on whatever platform they desire, all within the confines of our lovely Swem Library.
Leave the sustenance to us. We want you to take advantage of every second you can score some sweet prizes. Are you a hacking novice? No problem. We'll be hosting some introductory tutorials to get you up to speed on the basics of building an app. Keep your eyes and ears open, and you'll learn more here in 24 hours than you ever would in school. Hackathons are as much a learning experience as they are a competition, and we recognize that.
Dream Big.
TribeHacks is the perfect opportunity for hackers, from inexperienced to advanced, to think outside the box, push the boundaries of their expectations, and leave knowing they learned and achieved something awesome. Hackathons are a great envirornment to try and learn a new language, build that first iOS app, or familiarize yourself with a new API. Some revolutionary ideas have spawned from hackathon concepts...will yours be next?
Show Your Passion.
We love computers and the things people create with them. Odds are, you do too. And when you spend your weekend slaying your keyboard and crafting the greatest innovation in computing the world has ever seen, people tend to take notice. And sometimes, those people are associated with awesome tech companies.
Get free swag. Network. Win Prizes. Create something extrodinary. Just don't forget your resume.


Interested in getting involved with TribeHacks?
Check out our sponsorship packet or contact us at tribehacks@gmail.com.


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Contact us: tribehacks@gmail.com.


What is a hackathon?
A hackathon is a timed competition that pushes the coding and design skills of the participants towards building a creative and simple software application.
What is TribeHacks?
TribeHacks is the first student-run collegiate hackathon hosted at the College of William & Mary!
Is it okay if I'm a first-timer?
Everyone has to start somewhere! TribeHacks will be making a serious effort to make the event as beginner-friendly as possible. We'll be hosting some introductory sessions to help teach new hackers some of the basic tools you can use to make software application. There will be mentors and developers everywhere if you need a little help. Also, feel free to check out our "Resources" page for a little direction on what you can start learning now before the hackathon starts!
When can I start working on my idea?
You are more than welcome to acquire the skills and resources ahead of time, but all code must be written in the 24-hour period at the event location in order to be considered.
Who can come?
TribeHacks is open to all collegiate students from anywhere in the country. As long as you have a .edu email address, you're set.
Where is TribeHacks?
TribeHacks is going to be located at Swem Library at the College of William & Mary. The address is 400 Landrum Dr, Williamsburg VA 23185. This is where check-in and hacking will take place. Every floor is open and there are many tables, study rooms, and other resources throughout the building at your disposal.
How does judging work?
Judging will be done by our panel of chosen judges-the list will be announced closer to the date of the hackathon. There are no restrictions on the scope of what the application can entail, and submissions will be judged on their creativity, aesthetics, complexity, and practicallity.
What do I need to bring?
We recommend bringing a laptop, charger, and sleeping bag if you think you'll need it (the event is only 24 hours). It wouldn't be hurt to bring snacks or energy drinks you enjoy especially if you have an allergy or other dietary constraint, although we will be doing our very best to provide you with free food and drinks.
What times do I need to know?
Check-in will be from 10-12 on March 29th, and hacking will start at 3 PM. The hacking will end on March 30th at 3PM. ALL HACKS SUBMITTED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. There will be a closing ceremony afterwards but don't worry, you'll have plenty of time to get back to your campus.
How do I get there?
Travel reimbursements will be distributed pending our resources which will be updated at a later date. There is a Greyhound and Amtrak station within walking distance of campus if that is a convenient method of travel. Driving/carpooling is the recommended travel option but recognize that parking on campus is limited. Contact us if you have any travel related questions!
Can I do a hardware hack?
We aren't currently offering support for hardware hacks but if you would like to bring your own hardware, you are more than welcome to do so. If you are interested in attempting a hardware hack, let us know and we can help you out as best we can.