Hack the Planet

Pre-Hackcon Special: A 50 person workshop, Friday, July 17th, on how to host a quality hackathon - perfect for first time organizers and veterans alike!

Workshop Registration

This is the Hackathon Organizer Conference.

Come together and learn the ins and outs of planning a hackathon while also collaborating with some of the smartest minds in the hacker community!

We know you have questions.

Who can attend Hackcon?

Most of the people who attend Hackcon are current or aspiring student hackathon organizers. If that sounds like you, we'd love to have you attend. We do make occasional exceptions for non-organizers.

Where will I stay during Hackcon?

Housing in San Francisco is included in the price of your ticket. Hackcon is about building community, so you'll be staying with other student hackathon organizers like yourself. Needless to say, the accomodations will be nice and in a safe location.

When should I arrive & depart?

Attendees are encouraged to arrive on Friday, July 17th. The conference won't start until the next day at 9am, but we'll have an ice breaker on Friday and housing is provided. The conference will end at 4pm on Sunday, July 19th.

What's the format of the conference?

Hackcon takes place over the course of two days. Each day starts with two opening keynotes in the morning and then transitions to lightning talks, workshops, & community lead discussions in the afternoon.

How do I get to Hackcon?

You are responsible for your own transportation to San Francisco. Getting here is pretty easy, you can fly into San Francisco International Airport. There are also some pretty cheap buses and trains around.

How much does Hackcon cost?

Tickets cost $100.00 each. The ticket includes two nights of housing in San Francisco, five meals, snacks, drinks, a fun group activity, and the conference. If you really can't afford it, scholarships are available.

Are minors allowed to attend?

Absolutely. Minors can attend if their parents will sign a liability waiver. Unfortunately, minors cannot stay overnight in the provided housing and will need to find their own accomodations.

Who organizes Hackcon?

Hackcon is organized by a group of Hackathon fanatics -- Alexey Komissarouk, Dan Schlosser, Ishaan Gulrajani, Nick Meyer, and the Major League Hacking Team.

What if I don’t need housing?

We are offering non housing tickets to this conference. However, the tickets are the same price as the housing ticket. Although we have plenty of space for housing, we are limited on space at the actual conference venue. Due to this, the ticket price covers your admission to the actual conference as well as many exciting events we have planned throughout the weekend.

Chill while you're here.

For housing we've booked the Parc 55 hotel in Union Square. Its central downtown location makes navigating the city seamless. The conference itself will be hosted by our friends from GitHub at their HQ.

GitHub HQ 3.0

88 Colin P Kelly Jr St (at Brannan St)

San Francisco, CA 94107

Parc 55 San Francisco - A Hilton Hotel

55 Cyril Magnin St

San Francisco, CA 94102

Galvanize (Workshop Venue)

44 Tehama Street

San Francisco, CA 94105

Our Sponsors.

Major League Hacking is the official student hackathon league. Each semester, more than 50,000 developers, designers, and makers compete for their school's glory at the 150+ official MLH hackathons in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.

GitHub is the best place to share code with friends, co-workers, classmates, and complete strangers.

ChallengePost is the best place to showcase your software projects, connect with other hackers, and win prizes at hackathons.

Andreessen Horowitz is a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm with $4.2 billion under management. The firm invests in entrepreneurs building companies at every stage – from seed to growth.

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is a venture capital firm located on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park in Silicon Valley and focusing on early seed stage funding.

Galvanize is a network of modern campuses where you can learn the skills, knowledge, and network you need to make an impact. #levelup.

Have an idea or project you've wanted to work on? 1517 supports makers and hackers with grant funding to kickstart projects, pre-seed team funding, and seed funding starting at $250K for startups. The general partners, Danielle Strachman and Michael Gibson were on the founding team of the Thiel Fellowship, designed the program, and mentored every fellow. They love hackathons and are excited to support your work further!

General Catalyst is a venture capital firm focusing on Early Stage and XIR/Growth investments.

Email team@hackcon.io for more details on becoming a sponsor.

Have other questions that we didn't answer in the FAQ? Ask us anything.