What is a Hackathon?
A hackathon is a competition that brings together subject matter experts, designers, and developers to solve problems related to a specific topic. In this case, the topic is our ocean.
Why "hack," though, isnt that bad?
Not in this context, no. Here we use "hack" to mean "to tinker with" and to rapidly prototype ideas an solutions. We use the time limit to encourage participants to focus on implementation and not get bogged down by details.
Who can participate?
High school students, college students, and professionals. There will be separate tracks for students and professionals, as well as separate prize structures.
Is there a max number of people per team?
We encourage a loose limit of 4 to 6 people per team. Additionally, we discourage professionals from joining student teams and vice versa.
Will there be food?
We will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday as well as breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Outside of that, you are welcome to bring whatever food you like.
Is this "Bring Your Own Hardware?"
Yes. However, last year we had success with a "shared hardware" table, so we encourage participants to bring hardware (Arduinos, etc) to share with the participants at large. Outside of that, bring whatever you think you need to spend a fun weekend in a beach community!
How do I get here?
Gloucester is best accessed by car or train. If you're coming from afar, both the Boston Logan airport and the Manchester, NH airports are essentially equidistant.