A hackathon is a timed competition that pushes the coding and design skills of the participants towards building a creative and simple software application.
TribeHacks is the first student-run collegiate hackathon hosted at the College of William & Mary!
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!
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.
TribeHacks is open to all collegiate students from anywhere in the country. As long as you have a .edu email address, you're set.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.