Hack for the Sea 2017

Longevity and Sustainability in Volatile Times

Sept 15-17, 2017
Gloucester, MA

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

How do I register?

RSVP on EventBrite. Also, if you're very serious, you can go ahead and register on DevPost and start getting your profile together.

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.

Gloucester, Massachusetts

Gloucester, MA is part of historic Cape Ann, one of the oldest active fishing communities in the United States. September is a great time to visit. You can still hit the beaches, and it will be slightly less crowded.

Friday, Sept 15 2017
3:00pm - 7:00pm
Downtown Gloucester Scavenger Hunt
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Panel Discussion: Problem Statement
8:30pm - 11pm
Dinner and Socialization @ Cape Ann Brewery
Saturday, Sept 16 2017
Workshop: How to choose an open source license.
Sunday, Sept 17 2017
Judging and Presentations


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If you're interested in sponsoring the hackathon, please email mark@mrh.io.


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