We are an international hackathon hosted by and held at Yale, bringing together 1500 hackers and creatives from all over the world.
YHack is a festival of innovation, an arena of tech warriors, and a stage to present your big idea. Jam packed into 36 hours is a rainbow of events (talks, food, rap battles) that go on through the night while caffeinated teams hack on a Python app or program arduino-driven pumpkins to battle over Twitch.
Hack at YHack because you can get more done in a weekend of hacking than weeks of working at an office.
frequently asked questions
When will YHack take place?
YHack 2016 will begin on Friday, November 11, 2016, and will conclude on Sunday, November 13, 2016. A more detailed schedule will be released closer to the actual date of the event.
What if I have no experience?
You've found the perfect place and time to learn! Whether you're a designer, coder, tinkerer or somewhere in-between, there will be dedicated events and mentors to ease your way through your first YHack experience. And don't worry - applications are NOT filtered by experience. Our focus is on providing the best overall experience, not accepting only the best hackers. After all, everyone had to start from somewhere!
Who can come?
Anyone currently enrolled in a bachelor's program is eligible to enter YHack with confirmed registration.
Not in college but still want to participate? Go ahead and register, but send us an email explaining your circumstances. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
When is the deadline to apply?
We will be accepting applicants in three rounds. After the third round, we will be accepting applicants off of the waitlist.
The deadlines for each round are Saturday September 10th, Saturday September 24th, and Saturday October 15th.
What about travel?
We are providing flight travel reimbursements for all domestic collegiate hackers attending YHack. International travelers will be heavily compensated, up to a maximum of $1000.
How do teams work?
We encourage people to work in teams of up to four. If you can't find a team beforehand, worry not - there will be time to form teams throughout registration.
What should I bring?
All you'll need is a valid ID, preferrably a student ID, and your laptop + charger. And everyone sitting around you will thank you for bringing a toothbrush :)
What if I'm a Yale student?
All Yale students are guaranteed admission as long as they apply before the event.
How much does it cost to attend?
Attendance is 100% free, and includes food, drinks, and more free swag than you could shake a stick at.
What about hardware?
We welcome hacks of all shapes and sizes. There will be both reimbursements as well as hardware provided at the event - more detailed policies to be released soon.
What can I win?
Money and stuff. But is that really why you go to hackathons?
You can email us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org