Our mission is to provide a welcoming and supportive environment to all students, new and old, who are interested in learning something new. Squirrel Hacks strives to connect students with opportunities to experience new technologies in a rapidly growing technology based world.
Major League Hacking © defines a hackthon 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 certainly don’t have to be majoring in Computer Science.
Squirrel Hacks has great opportunities for people that are new to programming. In fact, we encourage new programmers to come because hackathons provide an opportunity to gain experience. As a new programmer at Squirrel Hacks, you will learn a lot in a short amount of time, be challenged, and build something awesome.
No, Squirrel Hacks is open to all enrolled undergraduate students in a university program.
Unfortunately, university policies don't allow us to provide travel reimbursements.
We have plenty of air matresses for you to sleep on, but think about bringing your favorite pillow and a blanket to keep you cozy while you sleep.
For starters, bring your laptop and charger. Bring your cell phone and charger too, and a power splitter if you have one! In addition, bringing a water bottle, pillow, and any other accessories you would bring to a sleepover would be a good idea.
There can be anywhere up to four people per team. Be sure to collaborate on Devpost as a team on your project!
Nope! We will have sessions to help people find team members, as well as an idea generation workshop to help people think of ideas to work on for the hackathon. So you should sign up regardless!
Yes. The only thing you need to worry about is coding; let us take care of the rest. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and plenty of drinks will be provided throughout the competition at no cost to participants. We will be providing vegetarian options as well. If you have a specific food allergy, be sure to specify in the application.
No, but all your coding and work must be done at the site of the competition.
No, contestants are not allowed to work on their apps before the 36-hour period. If you want to prepare for the hackathon, focus on gaining experience and knowldege of the tools you hope to use when building your project.
We welcome any undergraduate student! You don't have to be in a computer-related major or even an engineering student. You aren't required to have ever attended a hackathon before. You can come with a team, hack alone, or create a team. If you are hacking alone and want to find a team, we will help you find other participants to pair with.
Teams will demo their application, science fair style, to a panel of judges, who will deliberate on their favorite submissions to choose the winners.
The Vermeer Applied Technology Hub/ISU Startup Factory