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Hacking4Humanity FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hackathon?
A hackathon is an event where people come together, break into teams, and develop cool technical projects in a limited amount of time.
Do we have to sleep overnight? 
Nope! Participants are free to come and go as they please.
Will there be prizes?
Yes, there will be tons of prizes and lots of swag!
What if I don't have hackthon experience/know how to code/have a team?
Hacking4Humanity is a great first hackathon! Just come eager and willing to learn. Mentors will be on site to help guide you through the hacking process. The Hacking4Humanity kick-off party will feature team formation, idea pitching, and a Q&A session!
What should I bring?
We recommend that you bring your own computer (and maybe your charger too) and don't forget your student ID
Can I use a project that I developed outside of the hackathon?
No, submissions may not include any code that was written before the kickoff party.
Will there be food provided?
Yes! On Friday night, dinner and refreshments will served. On Saturday, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served.
Who can participate?
Any graduate or undergraduate college student. No experience required!
Where can I find information about talks and other events during the hackathon?
You can check out the schedule on our website. You can also follow @PittCyber and @SciPitt on Twitter for updates during the event.
Where can my team work?
Teams will be working on the 3rd floor of the School of Information Sciences Building.
What about intellectual property?
Students at the University of Pittsburgh own and retain all rights to their intellectual property.
Have additional questions? Don't hesitate to reach out to Pitt Cyber at