HackRice is Rice University's annual hackathon event. Participants trade their sleep for a weekend and join a team to create a project - typically software - in an environment optimized for creativity. At the end of the event, the participants demonstrate their projects to fellow hackers, visitors, and a panel of judges. The event is hosted by the Rice Computer Science Club.
Any current student over the age of 18 is eligible to apply to HackRice. Since we are a MLH member ever, participants must also accept the MLH Code of Conduct
Rice alumni are eligible to attend the event to hack or mentor other students, but alumni submissions will not be eligible for prizes. We will not be able to reimburse alumni for travel. To register as an alumni visit our alumni page.
Rice students and alumni have guaranteed acceptance for Hack Rice. For Non-Rice students, as much as we want to take everyone, we can only accept a limited number of the candidates due to the limited amount of space we have on campus. We think that the fairest way to accept candidates is to ask the candidates to tell us about their previous hackathon and coding experiences, so that we can invite people who have demonstrated interest and skill. The admission process will be competitive and rolling! We also will take into account people who have never been to a hackathon before, so please apply!
Yes! We'll be providing travel reimbursements for all visiting hackers. Click here for details.
Third party libraries and APIs are permitted if they are publicly available and free to use.
You don't have to form a team before the event, or at all. At the start of the event, we will provide plenty of time to break out and form a new one if you choose to. Teams will be limited to 5 people.
We will have prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, as well as a best hardware hack, and several other company sponsored prizes.
Yes! We will provide catered meals during the event along with free caffeine!
We will try our best to point people in the right direction and use tools and languages that allow rapid development with the least amount of frustration. There will also be upperclassmen participating in the hackathon who can help you out. Furthermore, you can look up tutorials and sample code online. We will also be having workshops the week before the hackathon!
Please bring a student ID so we can verify and register you on-site! You'll also need to bring a computer, whatever software you feel might be necessary for development, sleeping bag, and pillow. We also recommend that you bring power strips for convenience. Teammates are free to share equipment with each other.
Nope, we are not a lock-in. We realize that 36 hours is a long time, and that some people might have other commitments during that time. Feel free to stay and leave as you choose. However, we would prefer that people stay to promote the environment.
We’ve set up a mentoring slack for HackRice that you can access by going to http://hack.rice.edu/live/ and clicking on Request a Mentor. If you’ve not already joined the slack, use the dropdown to select your email address domain and enter your email to log in. If you don’t see your email domain send an email to email@example.com and we’ll promptly get you added. Once you’re part of the Slack, you will be added to the #general and #mentorrequests channels. Use the general channel for any general questions that can be answered straight from Slack. If you need a mentor, request one through the #mentorrequests channel and follow the guideline for stating your problem. Also, if you have a question about a very specific topic you can use one of the pre-existing channels or create your own. All mentors who have checked in will also be added to a private channel which they can use to help pair hackers requesting help with mentors and coordinate with each other.
Sponsors help support every aspect of HackRice. Contributions from sponsors go towards the costs of space rentals, food, t-shirts, transportation, staffing expenses, and many, many other things that make a hackathon successful and exciting. Being a HackRice sponsor allows you to reach out to talented students looking to innovate and build awesome projects. Sponsors can get involved at many levels, check out our sponsorship packet or shoot us an email to find out how you can be a part of our greatest hackathon yet!
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