Hackcon II

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Help Shape the Future of Student Hackathons.

Every team has fought battles, and every organizer has stories to tell and experience to share. Hackcon is two days of short talks, discussions, and other sub-events led by attendees.

Make Friends.

Each year, more than 100 student hackathons take place in the US, UK, Canada, & Mexico alone. Come meet the amazing organizers behind the movement.


Hackcon's unique schedule of workshops and talks gives you the oportunity to share some of your own tips and tricks with the community while learning from some of the best.

Get Inspired.

Every hackathon starts with a vision. Hear first hand about how some of the most prolific hackathons got their start and bring it back to your school.

Navigate the Future.

We're still at day zero of the student hackathon movement. Help plan out the future of hackathons and set the direction for our community.

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 excpetions for non-organizers.

How much does Hackcon cost?

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

When should I arrive & depart?

Attendees are encouaged to arrive on Friday, January 30th. 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, February 1st.

Where will I stay during Hackcon?

Housing in NYC 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.

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.

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.

How do I get to Hackcon?

You are responsible for your own transportation to New York City. Getting here is pretty easy, you can fly into LGA, JFK, or EWR. There are also some pretty cheap buses and trains around. We'll email you exact directions to the lodging & venue before the conference.

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. Want to volunteer or help us organize the next one? Email team@hackcon.io.

Where will I stay during Hackcon?

We've rented out one of New York's best rated hostels for the weekend of Hackcon! There are tons of open areas and amenities for you to use, and Brooklyn's hipsterest neighborhood is right outside your door.

New York Loft Hostel

249 Varet Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206

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Conference Schedule

The conference officially kicks off the morning of January 31st at 9am and ends on February 1st at 4pm. You can arrive any time after 3pm on the 30th (housing will be provided Friday & Saturday nights) and depart Sunday evening.

Friday, January 30th

  • 3:00pm Arrival Begins
  • 7:00pm (Optional) Pizza Dinner at the Hostel

Saturday, January 31st

  • 9:00am Breakfast is Served
  • 10:00am Kickoff Conference + Ice Breaker
  • 11:00am Opening Keynote
    Swift, Major League Hacking
  • 11:45am Hackathons are for Hacking
    Rob Spectre, Twilio
  • 12:15pm Break Time
  • 12:30pm Hacking for Good
    Dhruv Maheshwari & Ali Altaf, PennApps
  • 1:00pm Lunch Time
  • 2:00pm Breakout Workshops / Discussion
    Hackathon 101
    Sponsorship Model & Fundraising
    Nightmare Scenarios
    Producing Content Around Your Hackathon
    Unconference Workshop
  • 3:00pm Breakout Workshops / Discussion
    Building a Hacking Culture
    Inclusive Hackathons
    Mainstream Perceptions of Hacker Culture
    Differentiating Your Hackathon
    Unconference Workshop
  • 4:00pm Afternoon Snackage
  • 4:30pm Lightning Talks
    Hackathon Mini-Events
    Volunteering at Hackathons
    Health Emergencies at Hackathons
    Beyond Logistics: The Moonshot Team
    Hackathon Hackers
    Understanding the Community
    Leveraging your Hackathon Experience
    Frighteningly Ambitious Hackathon Ideas
    Marketing to Humans, not Robots
  • 5:30pm Break Time
  • 5:45pm How to Inspire Absolute Beginners
    Jared Zoneraich, HackBCA
  • 6:00pm University Funding for Hackathons
    Max Greenwald, Hack Princeton
  • 6:15pm Local Hack Day and Distributed Hackathons
    Shy Ruparel, HackNY / MLH
  • 7:00pm Group Dinner
  • 9:00pm (Optional) Board Game Night
  • 9:00pm (Optional) Live Music at the Hostel

Sunday, February 1st

  • 9:00am Breakfast is Served
  • 10:00am Kickoff + Ice Breaker
  • 10:30am Opening Keynote
    Justin Isaf, The Communal Group
  • 11:15am 15 Minute Break
  • 11:30am Rethinking Scale
    Dan Schlosser, DevFest
  • 12:00pm Hackathon IT
    Calvin Shirley, HackIllinois
  • 12:15pm Inbox Management
    Katie Siegel, HackMIT
  • 12:30pm Lunch Time
  • 1:30pm Breakout Workshops / Discussion
    Building a Hackathon Organizing Team
    Making Hackathons Safe for Everybody
    Online Communities
    LARPing with MLH
    Unconference Workshop
  • 2:30pm Open Hackathon Data
    Taylor Barnett & Jennifer Rubinovitz, HackTX / Columbia
  • 3:00pm Battlehack and Student Hackathons
    Joe Nash, Braintree / MLH EU
  • 3:20pm Break Time
  • 3:30pm Closing Address / Special Announcements
    Jon Gottfried, Major League Hacking
  • 4:00pm Go Home!

* This schedule is subject to change, we're still ironing out some of the logistics around the exact events.

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