1,000+ hackers and makers arriving from universities around the world


Fun-packed festivities like rap battles, performances, and dance-offs


Large companies and inspiring startups looking for talented students like you


Endless supplies of healthy snacks and free meals


Over $35,000 in prizes, ranging from professional gaming keyboards to smart devices


Build an awesome project of your own with the help of engineers from top tech companies!


Provide greater opportunities for learning both in the classroom and at home


Save a life or improve our standard of living


Manage the world's resources and choose what to invest in


Make positive change in the world

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Every year, we invite a thousand students to Yale for YHack. To help us select from all the qualified candidates who apply, we have everyone go through an application process. We’ve tried to keep our questions as short as possible because we understand that students are busy people.

We also don’t differentiate based on experience. Whether you are a first-time hacker or a hackathon veteran, you are all equally encouraged to apply. YHack is a great opportunity to learn and grow as a developer, so we hope that you’ll join us for YHack 2019!


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!

How do teams work?

This year, you'll be able to apply in teams of up to four! If you can't find a team beforehand, worry not - there will be time to form teams after registration.

What hardware will be provided?

Yes! We'll have detailed hardware offerings closer to the actual event, but email us if there's something you'd really like to see!

What can I win?

In our view, hackathons aren't about winning. We encourage you to use the time to demo a new technology or turn a stranger into a close friend. However, that isn't to say we don't have amazing prizes! There's a wide range of prizes from top prizes like Google Homes to nice gear. Take a look at our prizes from last year!

What do I bring?

All you'll need is a student ID, your laptop, and charger. If you plan to sleep at the event, please bring a sleeping bag as well. We also recommend bringing some warm clothing and a blanket, as it gets a bit chilly at night!

Will there be food?

Yes. We'll also have gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, and kosher options!

Is travel funded?

Yes. All information is on the acceptance dashboard!

What if I'm international?

International students will receive limited funding but not enough to cover the complete cost of travel.

Will there be a bus to my school?

We are planning on buses to many schools with a large interest in YHack. In the past, we had buses to Waterloo, Boston, and central New Jersey among many others.

Where will YHack be held?

YHack will be held at the Lanman Wright Center in Payne Whitney on Yale Campus. (70 Tower Parkway, New Haven, CT 06511)

How much does it cost to attend?

For applicants within the United States, we will try our best to make the cost of attendance as close to 0 as possible.

Will food be provided?

Yes, the hackathon includes free food, drinks, and more free swag than you could shake a stick at.

What if I'm a Yale student?

All Yale students are guaranteed admission as long as you apply before the event.

Can I apply with a team?

If only part of your team was accepted, email us, and we'll take a look!

Who can come?

Any undergraduate or graduate student is eligible to enter YHack with confirmed registration. Unfortunately, we will not be accepting any high school students.

Got a question that's not on the list?

Shoot us an email at organizers@yhack.org!

Partnering with YHack provides companies an incredible opportunity to connect with the world's most talented college students.

Interested in sponsoring? Send us an email at organizers@yhack.org for more information!

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