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What is BCC Hacks?

BCC Hacks is second community-college hackathon and students from throughout New England are invited. Hackathons are about coding together to solve real-world problems. Students work in teams of up to four people for thirty-six hours to create a web, mobile, or hardware application.

When is BCC Hacks?

BCC Hacks will start the evening of Friday, April 28, 2017 with the kick-off ceremony and continue until April 30th with the closing ceremony and prize distribution. There will be events planned throughout Friday for those who arrive early. A detailed schedule of events and locations follows:

— Friday, April 28 —

3pm Team Registration

4pm Opening Ceremonies — Keynote Speaker
Audrey St. John, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Mount Holyoke College

5pm Workshops, Hacking Begins (and continues through the night)

6pm Eating 

— Saturday, April 29 —

8:30am Breakfast

12pm Lunch

3pm Hacking Ends

4pm Judging

5pm Closing Ceremonies

How can I sign-up?

Click the registration link on the left, fill out the short form and, BOOM, you’re done.

What can I win?

It’s not about winning—it’s about learning and making friends that last for a lifetime (so everyone’s a winner!). If you’re thinking, “that’s adorable...but really,” then we’ve got you covered too. A panel of professional judges will select the best three hacks based on the following criteria: creativity, technical difficulty, polish, and usefulness. Top prizes  and perks from company sponsors will be awarded. Most sponsors offer their own prizes too for specific categories, which they judge and fund themselves.

Who participates in BCC Hacks?

All the coolest people interested in tech will be there. You should be too! Oh, and this is a student-only event. If you attend a community college, you get first preference!

How much will BCC Hacks cost me?

Nada. Zip. Zero. Zilch. We’ll provide you with a weekend’s worth of swag, meals, drinks, and snacks and a place to crash when you need a break from coding.

What do I need to bring?

Need: Laptop and charger, cellphone and charger, sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries, a couple changes of clothes (nerdy shirts are particularly appreciated). Don’t need: a pre-determined team, an idea for an app, food or drink. Pleeeeaaaassseeee don’t bring: Firearms or other weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, soldering or similar equipment, animals (no matter how adorable).

When/Where can I hack?

All work eligible for prizes must be completed between Friday night after the kick-off and Saturday morning at the hacking location (BCC’s cafeteria).

I’m not a student, so how can I get involved?

Unfortunately, we can’t allow you to participate in the event or be on site during hacking. If you’re looking to mentor (i.e. someone with technical skills who’d be willing to help out participants during the weekend), you should reach out to us at evelez@berkshirecc.edu.

How is BCC Hacks run?

BCC Hacks is planned almost entirely by (sleep-deprived) Berkshire Community College students, with some advice and assistance from staff and the BCC’s Engineering faculty. One hundred percent of the funding for BCC Hacks comes from corporate sponsor donations. You can find more information about sponsoring at our sponsor section.

Code of Conduct

The full MLH code of conduct can be found here.

What should I do if I have additional questions or just want to express my limitless gratitude?

Aw shucks. Well, if you really must thank us, or you have questions about anything we haven't covered here, shoot us an email evelez@berkshirecc.edu.