Hackathon FAQs

HAKəˌthän noun: a Hackathon (also known as a hack-day, hackfest or codefest) is an event in which computer programmers and others in the field of software development, like graphic designers, interface designers and project managers collaborate intensively on a software related project.

Basically, a Hackathon is an event where curious people get together to work on developing software projects in a short amount of time. In this case, you have four hours! Participants typically start by brainstorming, they get an idea, plan it, and implement the code for it.

The RSI Hackathon will start at 11:00 am on Friday with registration and a kick-off ceremony. At the stroke of noon the hacking and prizes start flowing. You are given four hours to complete the mission assigned. We’ll wrap up at 4:00 with presentations, a closing ceremony and prize distribution.
All of the coolest college students interested in tech will be there. Participants with all skill levels from the surrounding colleges and universities will gather to compete for all sorts of cool prizes.
It’s not about winning—it’s about learning and making friends that last for a lifetime (so everyone’s a winner!). If you’re thinking, “ahh- that’s adorable…but really,” then we’ve got you covered too. A panel of professional judges will select the tops three projects based on the following criteria: creativity, technical difficulty, polish, usefulness, and presentations. Top prizes are TBA, but usually involve the newest gizmos, lots of gift cards and other totally cool stuff. The first place team also has the opportunity to earn themselves a PAID INTERSHIP with Rural Sourcing Inc.!
Nada. Zip. Zero. Zilch. The RSI Hackathon is 100% free! All we ask for is some honest effort and a positive attitude. We’ll provide you with a days’ worth of swag, meals, drinks, and lots of snacks. In fact, we’ll even give you the opportunity to make money off this Hackathon by earning a paid internship with RSI. Not to mention how great this will look on your resume!
We’re looking for creative and innovative students with a set of skills that can contribute to a project: mobile, web, hardware, design, or anything else really cool. We generally prefer people that have proven their abilities in previous projects, but this is an opportunity to learn and network, so we welcome programmers at any college level! Registration is open to college students. You can register as an individual, or as a team using the links above.
Nope. You can register as an individual if you choose. However, teamwork is a valuable skill. So, we’ll pair you with other students on a team of at a max of 4 members.
Yes! A Hackathon provides the perfect environment for you to learn how to code quickly. All you have to do is try something and the experience automatically follows.
Sorry, no. This event is reserved for college students.
Unfortunately, in order to keep the playing field even, you have to be a college student to participate in the event. We do, however, have a need for mentors! If you’re interested in being a mentor (i.e. someone with technical skills who’d be willing to help out participants if they get stuck or need a bit of your super powers to get them through), you should reach out to us at recruiting@ruralsourcing.com. Otherwise, you can see the finished products at the judging ceremony starting at 4:00 PM.
Grab your laptop and don’t forget the charger! And, make sure to bring your awesome ideas! Use your preferred IDE (e.g. Visual Studio, Eclipse, etc.) for this Hackathon. If you are interested in using Visual Studio Express, here is a link to the free version:
http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/eng/downloads#d-2012-express. Please take into consideration that the internet speed is not guaranteed, so be sure to download any preferred tools before bringing your computer to the event.

You definitely don’t need to worry about food or drink, there will be all sorts of food, soda, red bull, snacks – you’ll be very well fed when you leave! Pleeeeaaaassseeee don’t bring firearms or other weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, smoldering hot or similar equipment, or animals (no matter how adorable they may be)!

All work eligible for prizes must be completed at the hack site location between 12:00 and 4:00 PM on Friday.
Well, if you didn’t get the answers to your inquiries, you want information about anything we haven’t covered here or you just want to tell us hi, thank us or tell us how much your love the annual RSI Hackathon, shoot us an email at recruiting@ruralsourcing.com

RSI Hackathon Schedule
11:00 AMHackathon check in begins.
11:00 – 12:00 AMSet up and meet with your teams and mentors.
12 NOONClock Starts!!! Let the 4 hour Hacking begin!
12:00 – 1:00 PMHacking and Prizes!
1:00 PMSnacks!
1:00 – 2:00 PMMore Hacking and More Prizes!!
2:00 PMMore Snacks!
2:00 – 3:00 PMEven More Hacking and More Prizes!!!
3:00 PMEven More Snacks!!!
3:00 – 4:00 PMWrap Up with More Hacking and More Prizes!!!!
4:00 PMTimes Up!!!
4:00 – 5:00 PMHackathon Presentations, Judging, and Awards Presentation!

No hackathons are scheduled. Please check back at a later date.

Contact us at recruiting@ruralsourcing.com

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