MLH Official - Spring 2016

800+ Hackers

January 22 - 24, 2016

The University of Arizona & InnovateUA

In partnership with University of Arizona Libraries

About Hack Arizona

Hack Arizona is about bringing together the most talented students to represent the burgeoning tech ecosystem that is appearing in the Southwest and across the country.

Hosted at the University of Arizona, over 800 participants will build software and hardware projects from start to finish in under 36 hours amongst their peers, mentors and company sponsors.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I am still confused, what are we hacking?

    "Hacking" doesn't mean malicious cyber crime, it refers to inventors, builders and creators building projects quickly and iteratively.

  • What if I am a beginner or have never been to a hackathon?

    Take a look at the article that was written specifically for you by a Hack Arizona organizer: 10 Questions About #HackArizona

  • What if I don't have a team or an idea?

    It is more common than you would think to attend a hackathon without a solid idea or team. Many people still find great success. The hacker community is friendly and enthusiastic and you should have no problem finding a team to hack with.

  • What can I build?

    Anything you want: web apps, iOS apps, a website, cloud software, robotics, even a voice-controlled catapult. Be inventive. This is your weekend.

  • Who can attend?

    Any undergraduate or graduate student (meaning enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program) who is also over the age of 18.

  • How much does it cost?

    Absolutely nothing. We provide free meals over the weekend and company sponsors will be handing out swag and prizes.

  • What should I bring?

    Besides the obvious laptop or desktop, a sleeping bag, toothbrush and other basic amenities are things to consider.

  • Does Hack Arizona offer travel reimbursement?

    Despite our best efforts, we are unable to provide travel reimbursement to out-of-state hackers at this time. Rest-assured you will be taken care of when you arrive with a weekend of free meals, tons of swag, prizes and a comfortable environment for you and your peers.

  • How big can teams be?

    No more than 4. It becomes difficult to manage and execute a project with a team larger than that. We highly recommend building a team of at least 3.

  • Where on campus is it?

    The event takes place in the University of Arizona Science and Engineering Library.

  • What are the rules?

    Pretty simple. Come build cool stuff and don't be a jerk. More info here (Code of Conduct).


Friday, January 22nd
4:00pm Check-In Opens
Sponsor Exhibition Opens
6:00pm Opening Ceremony
8:00pm Hacking Begins
Food Dinner - Roma Imports
Activity Mariachi Band during dinner
Activity Ice breakers
9:00pm Tech Talk State Farm - How to develop your first Apple Watch App
10:00pm Activity Hypnotist Show
11:00pm Tech Talk Hack Arizona - Introduction to HTML & CSS
Saturday, January 23rd
All Day Hacking
12:00am Tech Talk Dr. Dae Wook Kim - Hacking Silly Putty
1:00am Tech Talk Ian Tracey - What is an API?
2:00am Tech Talk Hack Arizona - How to Start a Hackathon
8:00am Food Breakfast - University of Arizona Student Union
9:00am Activity Yoga on the Mall
10:00am Tech Talk Intuit - Getting Started with QuickBooks Online APIs
11:00am Tech Talk Cognizant Technology Solutions - Mircoservices
12:00pm Food Lunch - The Hopyard
Activity Therapy Dogs
Tech Talk ACSS - Using a Raspberry Pi for rapid development
1:00pm Tech Talk Epic - Do $Good()
2:00pm Tech Talk Cisco - APIs are not enough: Crafting a great Developer Experience
Tech Talk Cisco - Conference Speaking for Geeks
Tech Talk Cisco - Bots w/ Webhooks and ngrok
3:00pm Tech Talk Recruiting Ventures Design Team - Rapid Prototyping
4:00pm Tech Talk Recruiting Ventures Node Team - Web Development: Where We Are
5:00pm Tech Talk USAA - Building hybrid mobile apps with Ionic
6:00pm Food Dinner - El Saguarito
7:00pm Tech Talk Google - Angular 2: Intro to TypeScript and the next version of Angular
8:00pm Activity Stress Busters
11:00pm Activity Comedian Show
Cookies from Tucson Cookie Co. presented by Intuit Careers
Sunday, January 24th
12:00am Activity Comedian Show
8:00am Hacking Ends
Food Breakfast - Allyn Haynes
9:00am Judging Project Exposition
12:00pm Closing Remarks
12:15pm Event Conclusion

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