Major League Hacking 2019 Hackathon Season
Hackital and Smart Cities @ GW Present:
The Smart Cities Hackathon
March 22nd - March 24th | George Washington University



The term “Smart Cities” has come to be used as code for the digitalization of city services and infrastructure for the purpose of improved government-citizen interaction and increased economic development.

Smart cities and communities have deployed or are in the process of deploying ICT, data analysis, AI and other technology to transform their local government and infrastructure to better serve and involve the citizens. As students, we study and participate in projects in the are of smart cities/communities. This includes policy changes, career path transformation, citizen outreach, along with the technology adoption.


Smart Cities @ GW aims to improve the abilities of students to professionalize the Smart City movement, create a place where students can readily access the best information about smart cities technologies, policies and projects, and businesses and organizations within the Smart Cities area of activity.

Our areas of interest include but are not limited to: Data Analytics, AI, machine learning, IoT and sensing technologies, government platforms, utility transformation, transportation system digitalization, health informatics, policing strategies, enabling policies for newly digitized markets, privacy and security.

The term Smart Cities can mean many different things. Smart Cities @ GW looks at the technology, practices, and policies as the future of place and opportunity. Understanding the technology at the heart of a smart community, the supporting infrastructure, hardware, and the policies that puts them to work for the good of all citizens is what we aim for in our education and projects. George Washington University students will be the workforce that Smart Cities need along a spectrum of industries and careers.

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Check out our schedule!

  • Friday, March 22nd
  • 6:00 PM - Intro Ceremony

    Funger Hall

  • 6:30PM - Dinner and Form Teams

    Marvin Center, 4th floor

  • 7:30 PM - Smart Cities Panel

    Funger Hall

    Click HERE for more details

  • 9:00 PM - Python 101 Workshop

    Marvin Center, Amphitheatre, third floor

  • 10:00 PM - Hacking Starts!

  • 10:00 PM - Intro to Git Workshop

    Marvin Center, ampitheater, third floor

  • Midnight - Sleeping

    301, 413, 414

  • Saturday, March 23rd
  • 7:15 AM - Breakfast and Coffee

    Marvin Center, room 309

  • 8:00 AM - GIS and Human Centric Analytics Workshop

    Marvin Center, amphitheater

  • 9:00 AM - Saturday Huddle

    Marvin Center, room 413/414

  • 10:00 AM - Intro to UX Design

    By General Assembly - Marvin Center, room 413/414

    Click HERE to sign up

  • 12:15 PM - Lunch

    Marvin Center, room 402

  • 1:00 PM – Intro to Data Analytics

    By General Assembly - Marvin Center, room 413/414

    Click HERE to sign up

  • 4:00 PM – Digital Marketing in Smart Cities

    By Roy Abdo, Marvin Center, room 413/414

  • 5:15 PM – Coffee Break

    Marvin center, room 402

  • 6:00 PM – SlideShow Karaoke

    Marvin center, room 413/414

  • 7:30 PM – Intro to Backend Dev Workshop

    Marvin center, room 413/414

  • 7:45 PM – Dinner

    Marvin center, room 402

  • Sunday, March 24th
  • 10:00 AM – Submissions due

    Marvin Center, room 407

  • 10:15 AM – Brunch

    Marvin Center, room 402

  • 11:30 AM – Project Presentations

    Marvin center, Amphitheater

  • 1:00 PM – Closing Ceremony

    Marvin Center, Amphitheater

  • 2:00 PM – Hackital Ends


Anything you want to know and more!

What is a Hackathon?

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 and the idea of Smart Cities.

What is Hackital?

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.

Who can participate?

Any current student and recent graduates can apply to participate in the Hackathon. Applications are based on interest in Smart Cities 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 passion for Smart Cities, a creative or artistic perspective, or an entrepreneurial vision – we'd welcome your talents and skills on one of the Hackathon teams

How much does the event cost to attend?

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.

Will there be food?

Yes, food (and soylent!) will be provided while you are at the event. We will have veggie options and accommodate anyone’s specific needs.

Is there a travel reimbursement?

No, unfortunately, we can’t offer any reimbursements.

How do I get to George Washington University?

We are very accessible via metro and there is parking nearby.

Where can I sleep?

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.

What if I don’t have an idea / team / coding skills?

Not a problem! You can find all things you can find at the event. We also have a partnership with Hacker Match that will allow you to build teams before the event.

What are the prizes?

Prizes will be announced at Hackital’s opening ceremonies. We’re excited to announce them!

What should I bring?

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 and pillow if you plan on sleeping, and a change of clothes. An extension cord / surge protector would be great too.

Can I start working before the event?

No. We want to see what you can come up with in one weekend.

How does judging work?

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.

How big can my team be?

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.