Hackathon FAQs

#1 What is a Hackathon?

A hackathon is best described as an “invention marathon”. An event where anyone who has an interest in technology attends to learn and build innovative prototypes to tackle business challenges over the course of a weekend in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. You don’t have to be a programmer and you certainly don’t have to be majoring in Computer Science.

#2 Does #HackTheHub help with travel reimbursements?

Unfortunately, #HackTheHub isn’t able to provide hackers with travel reimbursements. However, please let us know your location, as we are always looking for new places to take #HackTheHub.

#3 I am a student can I still come to an event?

You will need to have at least 1 year's industry experience to attend #HackTheHub18 (12 month uni placement counts!). Our audience will range from Junior to Senior level. We are setting the bar high for #HackTheHub18 so just make sure to bring your A game.

#4 What if I don't know how to code?

Not a problem! Very often you are the glue that sticks everyone together. The ideas person that is responsible for driving the solution beyond the hackathon. That can pitch the hell out of anything. That can create the best slide deck you have ever seen. The value you get back from attending will be life-changing.

#5 Will I annoy people if I ask questions?

Not at all! This is a common misconception about hackathons and in actual fact, it’s the complete opposite. The environment at these events is designed specifically to encourage everyone to have fun and help each other. If you’re ever stuck on anything, go find a volunteer who might able to help and if not, they will almost certainly know who can.

#6 What If I don't know anyone there?

Not to worry! You’ll meet people when you get there. Everybody’s very friendly. A lot of people go to hackathons without teams. So it’s perfectly normal to go around to people, tell them you’re looking for a team, and ask if you can help out. Hackathons will often run team-matching sessions at the start to help you meet people. And there's a chance to connect at the pre hack on 8th March. Protip: Invite your friends to come to the hackathon too! That way you’re guaranteed to have at least one familiar face.

#7 Is this Overnight?

No, it is not. No need to worry about the sleeping bag. It will be across 2 days, with the second day focused heavily on the business side and pitches.

#8 Will there be Food?

Absolutely! Your meals for the weekend will be free and there’ll be plenty of snacks and drinks to keep you energized. If you’ve got specific dietary requirements, you should let us know and we'll be more than happy to make arrangements.

#9 What if I don't want to present my hack?

You might think your project isn’t impressive or it might not be finished so you don’t want to present it. You should present it anyway! Presenting your hack gives you a chance to be proud of what you’ve done, and you should be proud.