Can I attend?
If you are an MIT undergraduate or you are an MIT M.Eng student or you are a college undergraduate AND you are at least 18 years old, then YES!
How does registration work?
Registration is open now! See the Register tab for details. Admissions will be based on a weighted random lottery and will be done in two waves. If you’re accepted, you will have a week to confirm your attendance.
Does this cost money?
Nope! Admission is free and includes meals, drinks, snacks, overnight hosting, workshops, swag, and a memorable experience (if we do say so ourselves)!
What will I eat?
We’ll provide food for all meals from Saturday’s breakfast to Sunday’s lunch. If you have dietary restrictions, we’ll try our best to accommodate them. Of course, we’ll also have an abundance of snacks throughout the hacking period.
Where will I sleep?
Hacking all night is fun, but you can also get some rest when you need it! If you indicate in your confirmation form, we can match you with an MIT student who will provide places to sleep and shower. 😴😴😴
How do I get there?
If you’re travelling more than 30 miles to MIT, we’ll reimburse your travel, as long as you upload your travel receipts upon confirming your attendance. We reimburse up to $200 for travel within the U.S. and from Canada and Mexico and up to $500 for other international travel. We also provide buses free of charge to select East Coast cities. See your registration dashboard for the latest details about reimbursements and busing!
What should I bring?
Bring a valid student ID and government-issued ID for admission and a laptop for hacking. We’ll provide pretty much everything else—air mattresses, toiletries, stickers, snacks, sponsor swag, and more! If you like to be comfy, you can bring a blanket, pillow, and towel.
How do teams work?
Teams are at most 4 people. You can select teammates when you register, or you can register individually without specified teammates. We’ll run the lottery by teams, so rest assured you’ll be able to hack with your friends if that’s what you prefer!
What if I don’t have a team?
If you don’t have a team now, that’s okay! We’ll have team formation and ideation events geared towards helping you find people to work with.
What if I’m an MIT student?
If you register by July 30th and confirm by August 12th, you will be guaranteed a spot at HackMIT. Otherwise, you can try for walk-in admission the day of the event. Walk-in admissions will be very few and first-come, first-serve.
On a team with MIT and non-MIT hackers, are the non-MIT hackers automatically admitted?
No. The MIT students will be guaranteed a spot at HackMIT, while the rest of the team will be admitted as a unit via our admission process.
What about hardware hacks?
We’ll provide some hardware such as Arduinos, Pebbles, Myos—the usual hacker essentials and more. Let us know what you’d like to hack on in our registration form.
Where’s the schedule?
We’ll release a more detailed schedule after July. For now, know that we’re planning for check-in to start Saturday at 8 am and for closing ceremony to end Sunday at 4 pm.
Is there an admissions puzzle again?
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What if this FAQ didn’t answer my questions?
Please email us at [email protected] if you’re in any way confused or concerned! We’d love to help you out :)