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about us

sunhacks is a student-run hackathon at Arizona State University committed to growing the local tech community, providing students with brand new opportunities and connections, and contributing to a world-wide community: the hacker community. Our vision is to bring people of all backgrounds together to develop skills together as they learn, build, and code here at sunhacks.

frequently asked questions

What is a hackathon? +

Hackathons are places where you can have many unique experiences. You can watch you and your team's project come to life throughout a weekend, network with sponsors in a much more casual environment than career fair, meet new friends and learn about the present tech community, and learn cool new tech that industry is thrilled to hear about! Come up with a project, or join a team, and make the coolest invention you've come up with yet!

Can I attend? +

If you're a student and at least 18 years old, please come hack with us!

Code of Conduct? +

As a Major League Hacking member event, we require all attendees (hackers, volunteers, mentors, sponsors, etc) to follow Major League Hacking’s Code of Conduct.

What time do I need to be there? +

Check in opens at 5:00 PM on Friday, September 20th, the opening ceremony will be at 7:00 pm. For leaving, closing ceremony will be held on Sunday, September 22nd and is expected to end by 12:15 PM. The projects demo fair will be held in the morning starting at 9:00 AM. A more detailed schedule of events will be posted closer to the event.

Can I get travel reimbursement? +

We unfortunately do not yet have the funds to reimburse our attendees for their travel. We sincerely apologize, but hope you understand. In the future when we're bigger, we hope to be able to help you out, so stay tuned!

Find yourself having these thoughts? "I'm not good enough." "I don't know how to code"? +

sunhacks exists to help combat those thoughts. We're working on building a community that people especially like you can be a part of. We want to help you defy those thoughts, find that network of support, and flourish! We focus on addressing these concerns by providing introductory workshops, encouraging mentors to interact with all hackers, and creating a positive environment.

How do teams work? +

The max team size is 4, but the minimum team size is one (meaning yes, you can work by yourself). We'd encourage you to work in a team so you can have people to learn from, bounce ideas off of, and break work down into manageable chunks!

What if I don't have a team?+

Don't have a team? That's okay, after our opening ceremony, stick around to find some team members who want to help you with your project—or maybe you want to help them with theirs! We have activities planned to help you find your dream team.

What about hardware hacks? +

MLH will be generously renting out cutting edge technology to the hackers. From Oculus Rifts to Arduinos, the sky is the limit. If you have hardware or tools, you are more than welcome to bring them as well.

What will be provided? +

The entire weekend is free! That means free food, free snacks, free swag, and a ton of hardware for you to check out and work with. Bring yourself and whatever you need to be successful!

What do I need to bring? +

You'll need to bring a laptop, charger, any tech you might want to hack on or with. As we are a 3 day hackathon, we encourage you to bring toiletries and any other materials you deem relevant. We highly encourage you bring sleeping paraphernalia to ensure you get a good night's rest each night (or not, we understand you're excited to hack, but remember to take care of yourself!). We will have a sleeping area designated and showers will be provided!
In addition, sunhacks is working toward becoming a sustainable hackathon, that means we aren't providing water bottles this year, and are asking that you bring your own.

Do I need to stay the whole time? +

To get the full hackathon experience we highly recommend you stay, but we understand if you need to leave (or if you want to sleep in a real bed for the night).

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