Hack your school. Hack your life.

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Pennsylvania State University

March 27th - 29th, 2015


We Are HackPSU.

How can you make the college experience even better? Join us in March 2014 for HackPSU, a thirty-six hour long hackathon held annually at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania. Consistently rated both one of the top engineering schools and party schools in the nation, Penn State is a force to be reckoned with. What better place to host a hackathon where the goal is to improve college living for everyone?
HackPSU is not your typical hackathon. We are taking a stand and bridging the gender-gap as well as the diversity gap in largely homogeneous tech industry. HackPSU strives to cultivate a diverse hacking culture by hosting learning workshops for beginners in order to spark an interest in coding, and empower them to build something awesome. Diverse backgrounds and fresh perspectives are what drive innovation. That is why we would like to encourage techies and entrepreneurs from all over the country to join us in discovering new ideas, and creating something amazing. Hack your school, and hack your life.
Hosted by Innoblue, the entrepreneurship community at Penn State, HackPSU has been growing exponentially every year. Mentors and students will be brought in from around the country this year to compete for prizes and glory at this year's event. Come see what PSU is all about.

36 Hours

400 Hackers

$1,000s in prizes


Q: What is a hackathon?

A: Hackathons are where your crazy idea becomes reality. Build anything - there are no restrictions on what you can create. Dive in and make the most incredible thing you can alongside fellow creators. While some may see hackers as the crazy ones, we see genius.

Q: Who can participate?

A: Any and all undergraduate students from any university in the world are eligible. We are also welcoming aspiring high school students on a limited basis.

Q: I can`t code! Should I bother coming?

A: YES. Hackathons are more about learning than anything else. There will be individuals who are experts on pretty much everything from hardware, to software, to Tolkien elvish. There`s really no better place to jumpstart your journey into the wonderful world of code than HackPSU.

Q:What if I don`t have a team or an idea?

A: No problem! Many hackers do not have a fully-formed team or hack concept before the event begins. We will be hosting team-forming activities after hacking begins to help you find the perfect match. If you`re a first-time hacker, there will be many others looking for team members with whom you can pair.

Q: What can I build?

A: Web, mobile, hardware, you name it. Any type of project is welcome. Projects will be judged based on creativity, technical difficulty, polish, and utility by a panel of industry judges.

Q:Will you be reimbursing travel?

A: We will have buses leaving from Penn and UMD and we will reimburse travel on case by case basis. Travel reimbursement applications will be available once the priority application round is complete.

Q: What should I bring?

A: All attendees are required to bring their valid student ID and a positive attitude for admission. Laptops, sleeping bags, and toiletries are highly recommended.

Q: How much does it cost?

A:4 simple payments of $24.99, and a $50 application fee... Just kidding! HackPSU is completely free for all accepted hackers. We will provide your WiFi, meals, caffeine, swag, workspace, and fun times through the duration of the event.

Q: Can I start programming before the competition?

A:No part of your hack may be started before HackPSU begins. We ask that all hacks are completed within the 36 hour timeslot. You may use any API or free resource available though.

Q: Why HackPSU?

A:HackPSU is different from most hackathons because our focus is on beginners! Throughout the weekend we will have focused workshops to take you from zero to hero! We promise that through these learning opportunities, even if you come here with nothing, you will leave with a working portfolio website or prototype application! Their will even be beginner/newbie prizes!

Q: How big should teams be? Can I hack alone?

A:We highly encourage you to build with a team. Teamwork is deeply rooted in the hacking ethos, and you`ll have a better time building with your brightest peers. Teams should be at the most five people.

Past Sponsors

We would love to thank all of our amazing sponsors for their support!

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