Major League Hacking 2023 Hackathon Season

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What is HackNC?

HackNC is an annual, student-run hackathon hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Every fall, hundreds of students arrive at UNC (this year, we'll be having a hybrid hackathon!) to spend the weekend inventing something amazing. We’re one of the largest hackathons in the southeastern United States.


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What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a weekend of fun and learning. You'll become a better programmer, meet awesome people, and make cool stuff. There will also be opportunities to win cool prizes and network with our sponsors.

What does hybrid hacking mean?

We are working around the clock to make sure that this year’s hybrid hackathon is as normal as possible. You will still be able to meet new people, work on awesome projects, and network with our sponsors. We will announce more information on the specifics as we get closer to HackNC.

Will there still be swag?

Yes, although we are only able to ship to within the continental United States. Make sure to indicate that you are interested in recieving swag when you apply.

What if I've never hacked before?

That's totally fine! We'll have plenty of resources to help you get started, including beginner workshops, mentors, and more.

Can I hack?

High schoolers over 18, undergraduates, and graduate students are welcome to participate as hackers. Professionals interested in mentorship should click the "Get Involved" link in the navbar to get started.

What is a track?

At a hackathon, a track is designed to help focus your ideas into one specific subject area. We have three tracks for you to choose from, including a general one intended for projects that don’t fit into one of the other two.

How do teams work?

Teams can be organized prior to HackNC or during the event itself. We will host team building and pitch events before hacking begins. We don’t hold a strict limit on your team size, but we strongly recommend around 3-4 members. Prizes will be limited to a maximum of 4 members.

Can I do a hardware hack?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide hardware this year due to the hybrid nature of our hackathon. However, you are still welcome to use your own hardware if you really want to!

Can I use old code?

You may use all the publicly available code and APIs that you want, but the code you will be judged on at the end of the hackathon must be new.

You didn’t answer my question!

Email us at hello@hacknc.com. We’ll be happy to answer all of your questions.

Tracks

General

Think about some common problems that we face in today's world and possible solutions to them. Some common focus areas are health, sustainability, finance, and entertainment.

Beginners

If you're having trouble thinking of a beginner-friendly project, you could make a simple game, mobile app, or website! Check out our simple workshops and coding resources for great starting points.