Frequently Asked Questions
A hackathon is a marathon software and hardware product creation event. At HackPrinceton, you can look forward to inspiring guest speakers, educational workshops, expert mentors, and, of course, fun games and yummy (free) food.
Any undergraduate or graduate student at any university in the world!
Bring your student ID for entrance and a government-issued ID to borrow hardware. You’ll also need your laptop and charger for hacking and toiletries for hygiene.
Nope! We’ll provide all the food, swag, and fun times you need to have an amazing weekend.
Have no fear — HackPrinceton is, first and foremost, a fun learning experience! We will have beginner workshops held by professors and industry professionals in web design, mobile applications, backends, cloud content management, and more! Our goal is for you to leave HackPrinceton having learned something.
Yes! We have one of the most well-established hardware tracks in the country. Our dedicated hardware lab will be stocked with parts and tools to build your project. Hackers will have access to 3D printers and a laser cutter, and can request specific materials when registering!
In addition, MLH will be bringing plenty of hardware, too, so be sure to check out their inventory on the following site: https://hardware.mlh.io/
No. To attend, you must register on-time and be accepted.
Yes, of course! We encourage all hackers to take care of themselves and get some sleep over the weekend. We provide free on-campus housing at Princeton for hackers that request it. However, please note that Princeton does not allow hackers to sleep at Friend Center due to Fire Safety restrictions.
We'll be sending a number of buses to some schools, which will provide you with transportation to and from HackPrinceton. If we don't have a bus going to your school, we'll be providing travel reimbursements to many participants in order to help subsidize the costs of travel. You'll receive more details about your particular travel arrangement on your confirmation page.
HackPrinceton will start around 5pm on Friday, March 30th and last until around 3pm on Sunday, April 1st. We'll be releasing more details about the schedule in the coming weeks.
- Student ID: You’ll need this to check in to the event.
- Government-issued ID: If you want to borrow any hardware from our lab, you’ll need to have a government-issued ID (like a driver’s license) in addition to your student ID.
- Laptop: Desktops aren’t great travel companions.
- Chargers (laptop, phone, etc.): Make sure to remember chargers for everything you’re bringing.
- Headphones: With so many hackers in one building, it can get a bit loud, so bring headphones if you want to get some quiet time.
- Sleeping bag, air mattress, and/or pillow: If you’re staying with a Princeton student host, you’ll need to bring something to sleep on.
- Towel and toiletries: You’ll definitely want to shower over the weekend.
- Layers for 30-60 degree weather: New Jersey has wild temperature swings, so bring a warm coat and clothes suitable for a wide range of conditions.
- Reusable water bottle: If you have one, bring it and help cut down on waste.
Unlike what you might be used to at other hackathons, Princeton does not permit sleeping overnight in the venue due to fire code restrictions. Instead of sleeping at the venue, you have three options:
Arrange to stay with a friend overnight
Request that we match you with a Princeton student host
For the 3rd option: We can match you with a Princeton student host by request to stay with overnight. You’ll need to bring your own sleeping bag or air mattress, since you’ll likely be sharing floor space with other participants. Sign up for a host at https://localhost.hackprinceton.com/.
We will refund participants through Eventbrite. Participants who take the bus, check-in during check-in time, and submit a project through Devpost will have their ticket purchase cancelled through Eventbrite. The deposit will then be refunded to whatever card was used to initially make the ticket purchase through the site.
Please cancel your ticket order on the Eventbrite link immediately so that someone on the waitlist will be notified and have time to claim their spot on the bus. The deadline to cancel and request a refund through Eventbrite is Thursday, November 8th, at 5:00PM EST. If you cancel after this time, or if you purchase a ticket and do not come to the hackathon, we are not able to provide a refund. Note that we are not able to provide any reimbursement for travel to the bus pickup location.
Yes, but we discourage you from doing so because bus space is limited.
Yes, we will extend the confirmation deadline for anyone who accepts a spot off the bus waitlist.
Yes, but list the emails of your entire team when you reserve the tickets.