Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon - or hacking marathon - is an event that promotes self-expression and creativity through technology. Anyone with or without a technical background can attend to learn, build, and share new things. Hackers form teams around a problem or idea, collaboratively build or code a unique solution from scratch, and compete for prizes with other teams.

Is it free?

Yes! BoilerMake is an all-expense paid experience. We provide hackers with the venue, swag, and food throughout the weekend.

What if I don't know how to code?

No problem! Come to BoilerMake to learn a new skill and meet people. We'll have tech talks, a Slack workplace to ask questions, and engineers from sponsoring companies to help you build something you can be proud of. This is your best chance to learn alongside so many other driven hackers.

How large can my team be?

You can have a maximum of 4 people on your team.

What are the requirements to attend?

BoilerMake is open to all undergraduate college students who are of age 18 or older.

What should I bring?

You should bring your student ID, laptop, and chargers, as well as a change of clothes and any toiletries you may need for the weekend. Beyond that, you're welcome to bring a deck of cards, hardware to hack with, and your friends!

Where will I sleep and shower?

While it's a lot of fun to stay up and code all night, we hope you'll get some sleep at BoilerMake. We will have air mattresses for hackers to sleep on, and we encourage all to bring a blanket or sleeping bag with them. We will also have access to shower facilities at our venue.

My team was accepted and I wasn't - can I attend?

Feel free to email [email protected] for info about our waitlist, and we will do our best to accommodate you as space opens up at our event.

Do you allow walk-ins?

We accept walk-ins based on availability after hacker check-in. We will announce more details closer to the event!

Do you offer travel reimbursements?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide travel reimbursements for BoilerMake VII. We will have parking available to you, and we highly encourage you to make a road trip with your friends out of your journey here.

I missed the deadline to apply - can I attend?

We set a deadline to ensure that all applications are given equal consideration to attend BoilerMake. Feel free to email [email protected] for info about our waitlist, and we will do our best to accommodate you as space opens up at our event.

What if I have any other questions?

Please email us at [email protected]!