Hackital and Smart Cities at GW Present:

The Smart City Hackathon

March 22nd - March 24th 2019

The George Washington University

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Hacking, Workshops, and more

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Major League Hacking 2019 Hackathon Season

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Frequently Asked Questions

This is left from Spring 2018. Updates coming soon. Message us for other inqueries please.

A hackathon is best described as an “invention marathon”. Anyone who has an interest in technology attends a hackathon to learn, build, & share their creations over the course of a weekend in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. You don’t have to be a programmer and you don’t have to be majoring in Computer Science. We have cool hardware to play with and lots of workshops to introduce participants to technology.
Hackital is a hackathon in the capital. We are focused on mentorship and learning. We give participants resources and incentives to go out of their way to learn new things from each other and apply the skills they have. By the end of a hackathon weekend we hope people will have created cool new things and also become better problem solvers.
Anyone can apply to participate in the Hackathon. Applications are based on interest in Ethereum and demonstrated ability to code or meaningfully contribute to a project. Applications from any corner of the globe will be accepted. PLEASE NOTE that non-technical contributors are welcome as well. If you have something you think you can add to the ecosystem – whether it's a knack for crafting white papers to explain dApps, a creative or artistic perspective, or an entrepreneurial vision – we'd welcome your talents and skills on one of the Hackathon teams.
Short answer: nothing.
Longer answer: Hackathons are great places to learn new things and exchange ideas. We think that charging for admission would seriously diminish this so there will never be any charge for attending any Hackital event.
Yes, food (and soylent!) will be provided while you are at the event. We will have veggie options and accommodate anyone’s specific needs.
No, unfortunately, we can’t offer any reimbursements.
We are very accessable via metro and there is parking nearby.
Grab a soylent and some coffee and hack through the night! If that doesn’t appeal to you, we will have gender separated silent dark rooms but don’t provide any sleeping accommodations, so bring your own sleeping bag if you’d like to lay down at some point.
Not a problem! You can find all things you can find at the event. You may also want to use the event’s facebook page to find team members with similar interests or different skills. This will be made a few weeks before the event.
Prizes will be announced at Hackital’s opening ceremonies. We’re excited to announce them! There will also be several cash bounties up for grabs by our sponsors and friends.
Bring a valid ID, anything you need to hack with (like a laptop), toiletries, and some enthusiasm! Additionally you might want to bring a sleeping bag & pillow if you plan on sleeping, and a change of clothes. An extension cord / surge protector would be great too.
No. We want to see what you can come up with in one weekend.
Every team will get a few minutes to pitch their idea and show a demo to a panel of experienced judges. We want to focus on technical difficulty and not just UI.
Teams can be as large as you like, but prizes are only for teams of up to 4 people so we suggest you aim for teams of 4.
Unfortunately, we will not have space. However, follow us on social media because we may be running additional workshops throughout the year.
Waves of acceptances go out every Wednesday night until we are full, at which point you will be notified.
There’s a first time for everything. If you’re not an experienced developer, that’s quite alright. If you’re interested in learning, even better reason to come. We’ll provide mentors, resources and workshops to help you sharpen your skills and unleash your inner awesomeness. Be eager, coachable and open. You never know what you might be able to create.
We will have several beginner level intro workshops focused on making dApps, learning Solidity, and Ethereum development fundamentals. There will also be a few deeper dive workshops for more experienced folks.
Yes, please do. The District is beautiful in April and the cherry blossoms may still be blooming during Hackital. We will have a shuttle going between our venue and the Foggy Bottom neighborhood, which is adjacent to the White House, Lincoln Memorial area, and a few blocks from the National Mall where the rest of the monuments are.
Email us at team@hackital.io We would love to answer any other questions you have!