What you need to know

Student Status: The hackathon is dividing the entries into graduate and undergraduate teams for judging purposes. Any team with a graduate student counts as a graduate entry. Teams can be modified and changed until final submission.

Location: HackR is being held in Edinburg, Texas. This location is perfect for a winter hackathon where temperatures will still be in the 70’s.

Venue: The EIEAB (Interdisciplinary Engineering & Academic Building) on the UTRGV Edinburg Campus.

Time: The event will begin at Noon on December 7th and end at Noon on December 8th, with prizes and wrap up happening shortly after.

How it works
The hackathon is focused on the critical thinking skills that businesses look for, but that are often overlooked in these types of competitions. HackR will give students research experience in looking at new and open problems. The day HackR begins, multiple problems will be posted coming from research papers along with some explanations and instructions. The team will then work on one of the problems and write a two-page paper related to the problem. This may involve algorithmic solutions, complexity results, verification (such as computational approaches), etc. The paper does not have to “solve” the problem.

The template for the paper, as well as tutorials for using latex, inkscape, git, and other common research tools, will be held Saturday. There will also be a collaborative space with staff to answer questions and assist when possible.

What you need to bring
Although most things will be provided, there are several things needed to work on the paper or for your convenience.

  • Laptop
  • Power adapters (any adapter cords)
  • Resources (books, scratch paper, markers)
  • Relax aids (blankets, pillows)

What is provided

  • Food and drink
  • Power outlets
  • WiFi
  • White boards

How to make it happen

  • Find a team (optional)
  • Visit the Registration page and sign up!