Oct 5-6, 2018

Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship


After three hackathons and two HackDays, we’re excited to bring back HackDay for its third iteration! We had a blast at last fall’s event - with over eighty participants, two student-run workshops, and awesome prizes, HackDay III is coming back bigger and stronger.

HackDay is a 12-hour learning-based, beginner focused event. It’s a great way to get a taste of our traditional 24-hour hackathon, as well as gain new skills as a beginner developer! We’re dividing the prizes into beginner and intermediate levels, so everyone has a chance to win something! We’re also excited to announce our partnership this year with the Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship. They’ll be bringing mentors and prizes (Amazon Alexa Grant!) and are just as stoked to innovate, learn, and create with you!

What are you waiting for? Mark your calendars for Oct 5-6, 2016!


import swag import hacking import questions

/* FAQ */

func what_is_a_hackathon() {

A hackathon is an event in which groups of hackers divided into teams develop a product. Hundreds of programmers get together to build something from scratch, be it a website, app, or some other product of their imagination. There will be lots of free food and prizes, as well as opportunities to work with representatives from various companies.

func who_can_attend() {

Any university student (undergraduate or graduate) is welcome to participate! We also admit high school students with parental permission. Anyone and everyone is welcome to come and see what participants are working on, though, so feel free to swing by.

func ok_if_no_experience() {

That's completely fine! You'll have plenty of opportunity to pick the brains of talented students around you. Furthermore, 24 hours is plenty of time to learn something new!

func require_idea_or_team() {

Nope! Although you can sign up with teammates (just tell us in your event registration), you can also sign up as an individual, and we will help place you on a team during the event.

func what_to_build() {

You can build whatever you want: websites, programs, mobile apps, anything! All code must be written during the hackathon; however, feel free to use open source libraries and APIs.

func num_people_per_team() {

We recommend working in teams of 3-4 people, though participants in the past have worked solo or in pairs as well. However, if your team would like to submit your project for prize consideration, we have a hard limit of 4 members per team.

func what_to_bring?() {

Photo ID, laptop, chargers, enthusiasm. Optional: hardware, a team, ideas.

func what_can_I_win() {

A panel of judges will decide on the winning hacks based on criteria of creativity, usefulness, technical difficulty, and form. The top prizes are Apple Watches, Sonos Speakers, and Philips Hue Lights.

func not_a_hacker() {

If you are a company or professional organization, you can help us out by sponsoring the event. If you’re a student, please spread the word about this event to students, friends, and media!

func deadline_to_register() {

Up to the day of the event

func other_questions() {

Shoot us an email at questions@hackdartmouth.io and we'll get back to you as soon as we can!



We’re offering a few special tracks that will award prizes in addition to our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes: Apple Watches, Sonos Speakers, and Philips Hue Lights!

Digital Art

Artists and designers, we have a special category for you! Digital arts refers to work that sits at the intersection of technology and art. We are looking for creative projects that merge any art field (visuals, audio, performance, interactive) with digital tools and methods in order to create work that is more than the sum of the parts. Participate in this track to win the “Best Digital Arts” prize!

Amazon Alexa

Attend our Amazon Alexa workshop (hosted with the help of MLH), then borrow an Echo Dot and use your new skills to build something cool! You’ll have the chance to win our “Best Amazon Alexa” prize!


If you are interested in sponsoring HackDartmouth V in the spring, please shoot us an email at sponsors@hackdartmouth.io.


A special shout-out to our awesome partners:

Dartmouth College Department of Computer Science
Magnuson Center
The Neukom Institute
DALI Lab at Dartmouth College


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