What is a hackathon?

Hackathons are events where people who are interested in programming and building things come together and work on something for a weekend (or other period of time). Some people work alone on something they're interested in using or learning, while others choose to work on teams and collaborate on an app. And it's not just about programming - designers and entrepeneurs can be just as important as a developer.

Find the Developer in U? What can I do with that?

Find the Developer in U is a purposely vague topic of our choosing. We want to give people a topic to think about while still allowing their own freedom of expression when creating their app. If you're interested in home automation, then you can make an app having to do with that. Ultimately, this is a broad topic open to interpretation so surprise us! You might win something if you do...

What type of apps are allowed?

We are accepting web apps (viewable from any browser), mobile apps (on a device of your choice), desktop apps, or even some hardware hacks - for those of you interested in things like raspberry pi's, arduinos, etc

Can I participate?

Are you a student? Are you bachelors level or below? If you've answered yes to these questions, then I'm happy to say you can hack along with us.

UHack is open to any and all students who would like to participate, as long as you actually are a student. You do not need to be an engineer or a computer science student, or a programmer. YOU DO NOT have to attend the University of Miami. In fact, you do not even need to attend a university; we know there are students in high schools who learn app development early and UHack welcomes them too :)

Can I sponsor UHack?

Absolutely. Please email um.ieee@gmail.com with any sponsorship inquiries.

How am I going to eat/sleep?

UHack will take care of keeping you full and energized with our supply of energy drinks, teas, sodas, juices, caffeine and meals - that's one breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with a large supply of snacks! Also, UHack will take place in the University Center, which is located right in the middle of campus and has some of the most comfortable seating too. And if you care to be outside, there are nice swinging tables as well. Basically, don't worry too much about this, but if you think we're missing something, don't hesitate to contact us and we'll try to accomodate you.

What do I need to take?

At the very least, a laptop and charger. We cannot supply computers to anyone, so you must bring your own. Make sure to bring your cell phone charger as well. A comfortable sweater would be useful in case you get cold at night. Comfortable shoes or sandals could help. If you need to sleep, maybe even bring a sleeping bag, but remember that it's a 24-hour event, so sleeping will cut into your time.

I'm new to this and I don't think I can win, why would I do UHack?

Everyone starts somewhere. What better way to learn a new skill, try out a new technology, and make something cool than with a bunch of other eager people around you who are interested in things you are interested in? People can help you out if you need help. This is a great opportunity to learn something new, and even if you don't win a prize, you'll end up having a good time and getting some cool stuff in the process.

I don't code, but I have other skills

COME TO UHACK. Seriously. A great team is composed of more than just a person who can code. Sometimes the difference between a cool app and a winning app is the oversight of an outside perspective.

Do I need a team?

Nope. If you would like to work alone, feel free to do so.

Can I leave and come back?

Sure. But your code must be written on location. So if you leave, you cannot be working on your app, sorry. Make sure to come back!

I don't want to make an app, but I want to see all the results and demos

Great. You can definitely join us Sunday afternoon when the apps will be demoed to everyone. Check out the registration link and get an attendee ticket.