May 20-21 • Bloomfield Hills High School
HackBloomfield is a 24-hour coding marathon at Bloomfield Hills High School. It's completely free (including free food and swag!), and is open to anyone in high school, even if you've never coded before!
Glad you asked! generally, you come to a hackathon with an idea for something you want to build (but it's also cool if you don't have an idea). then, you get together with your team (buddy up with friends!), and over the course of 24 hours, work on making that idea into something real! at the end of the hackathon you get to show off your project and potentially win prizes
This isn't "hacking" in the malicious sense (you're not trying to manipulate an election or anything). In this context, hacking means building something awesome in a short period of time, and having a good time building it.
And that's perfectly ok! in fact, hackathons are a great place to start learning to code. We'll have mentors who program regularly present at the hackathon, and they'll help you write your first ever program! There will also be beginner workshops for Python, Arduino, Android development and more. It may seem scary if you've never programmed before, but by the end of 24 hours you'll have a solid foundation of skills to work with.
There is! We'll be following the MLH Code of Conduct, which can be found here.
We'll be setting aside a classroom specifically for sleeping. Although you'll probably be busy hacking away at your project, we strongly encourage you to get some sleep. Bring a sleeping bag!
HackBloomfield is 100% FREE! Both the event and all meals, as well as lots of swag will be at no charge whatsoever, courtesy of our sponsors.
There's no strict limit, but try to keep your team to no more than 4 people.
Yup! There will be both general (1st, 2nd, 3rd) and category prizes (such as best hardware hack, best android hack, etc). and of course, you all get the prize of a good time 😛