Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Hackathon?
As defined by wikipedia: A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects
What is HackPR?
hackPR is Puerto Rico’s biggest student hackathon heading into it’s second year. Last year, more than 100 of PRs best developers and hardware hackers gather to create some awesome projects during a 24 hour span.
I’m not a student anymore, can I still participate?
hackPR is open for everyone and anyone.
What if I’m a newbie?
No problem, no prior knowledge is required to participate in hackPR. There will be on-site mentors ready to aid fellow hackers in the most popular languages and platforms.
What should I bring?
Essentially only a laptop and it’s charger. Bring all components needed for developing your hack. There will be tons of food, snacks and energy drinks at the event. There will also be tons of wall plugs and chairs, however it is encouraged that you bring a multiplug.
Can I start working before the hackathon?
All code developed towards your hack must be developed during the appointed time. That being said, the design specifications of the hack can be drafted beforehand.
There will be an opportunity to demo at the end of the hackathon. It’s not obligatory to demo an application, yet is highly recommended that you do so. The feedback received from doing so will be invaluable.
Teams should consist of no more than 5 members.
- Place: University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus
- Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014 through Sunday, March 30, 2014
- Time: 12:00pm (Noon)
- Transportation will be provided for people traveling from San Juan, PR
With the support of the local Puerto Rico Startup group (SoPR) and companies such as SendGrid, GitHub, Parse, Explorer Media, Blimp among others, hackPR was held on December 21, 2012 in Santurce, PR. For 12 hours, 50 of the most talented developers from PR fueled by energy drinks and crazy ideas went on to create awesome and innovative hacks.
Enjoying great success, hackPR was then moved to the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez campus for a second event just three months after. During hackPR v2 over 125 developers gathered from all over the island to spend 12 hours hacking at different projects both software and hardware based. Companies such as OpenShift (Red Hat), Google, Microsoft among others joined our previous cast of sponsors in the efforts of guiding and mentoring developers during the hackathon. Photos from our previous hackathon can be found here.