Chapter 2: FAQS
What is a hackathon?
A hackathon is a weekend long event where students from all over come together to build projects. The purpose of a hackathon is to have students learn development by creating a product while being provided resources like hardware, workshops, and mentors. Hackathons are a space where road-blocks are eliminated, and students can learn new skills with ease.
Where is SwampHacks?
SwampHacks will be held in the Collaboration Commons in Marston Science Library at the University of Florida. Anticipate a large open space for community hacking and a more quiet floor for sleep and concentration. The address is 444 Newell Dr, Gainesville, FL 32611
Who is SwampHacks for?
Are you currently enrolled in a university? Are you interested in building something awesome? Congratulations! You are eligible!
With SwampHacks 2018, we look forward to making an open environment for any university student at any skill level to explore their desire to learn more about technology.
What should I bring?
Bring yourself, some comfy clothes, toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, etc) and your hacking gear (laptop, hardware, and chargers!)
Help, this is my first hackathon!?
That is awesome! We are so glad you decided to be a part of the hacker community. SwampHacks welcomes everyone of any major and any level as long as they have a passion for development! We will have workshops and mentors to help you throughout the event. Aside from that, we'll also have plenty of resources for you to use. Above all, remember to frequently ask for help, talk to a lot of people, eat tons of food, and collect as much swag as possible!
Can high school students attend?
As much as we'd love to see high school participants, our hacking venue does not allow minors to stay overnight, so we cannot allow high school students to participate this year. We hope that you can join us in the future though!
Can volunteers participate in hacking?
Unfortunately, as a volunteer, we'll need you to help out for the duration of the event. As a result, volunteers are not allowed to participate or help participants in the hackathon.
Can Mentors participate in hacking?
Unfortunately, as a mentor, we'll need you to help our hackers for the duration of the event. As a result, mentors are not allowed to participate or in the hackathon, but are free to help hackers as long as they aren't contributing a substantial amount to a group's project.
What happens after I apply?
Thanks for applying! Sit tight and we'll send an email out regarding your application status. In the email, we'll give you more information and further instructions on what to do!
What do I do about teams?
Gather your friends, meet some peeps at opening, or attend our team-creation event right after opening ceremonies. No worries about knowing anyone beforehand; SwampHacks is for creating new connections and meeting new people from around the states. Maximum 4 people per team.
How much will I be spending?
Just like the best things in life, it’s free! The food is free, the swag is free, the prizes are free, the fun is free!
How do I get there?
We are working to charter buses to pick up students from nearby schools. We will have a north-bound bus starting in Miami and a south-bound bus driving from Georgia Tech. Emails detailing bus logistics will be sent to those accepted from relevant schools. We will be rolling out more information as the event nears.
Will I be sitting at my computer all weekend?
Negatory! (unless you want to). During the event, we will have a multitude of activities for you to do! These will include networking sessions, informal talks, workshops, and much more, so don't fret about being isolated.
Will SwampHacks provide travel reimbursement?
Unfortunately, SwampHacks will be unable to provide travel reimbursement this year, but we hope to still see you in Gainesville!
Why is the website a storybook?
Long story short, this year SwampHacks is encouraging all participants to work on a project that they are genuinely invested in. Whether that be a cause for a niche interest or grandiose scheme for the greater good, we want our participants to use the resources we provide at our event to "create their own story"®.