Hackpoly is a 24-hour annual hackathon event at Cal Poly Pomona. Participants trade their sleep for a weekend and join a team to create a project - typically software or hardware - in an environment optimized for creativity. At the end of the event, the participants demonstrate their projects to fellow hackers, visitors, and a panel of judges. The event is hosted by Poly Founders.
Any current student over the age of 18 is eligible to apply to Hackpoly. Since we are a MLH member ever, participants must also accept the MLH Code of Conduct
We think that the fairest way to accept candidates is to ask the candidates to tell us about their previous hackathon and coding experiences, so that we can invite people who have demonstrated interest and skill. The admission process will be competitive and rolling! We also will take into account people who have never been to a hackathon before, so please apply!
Despite our best efforts, we are unable to provide travel reimbursement to out-of-state hackers at this time. Rest-assured you will be taken care of when you arrive with a weekend of free meals, tons of swag, prizes and a comfortable environment for you and your peers.
Third party libraries and APIs are permitted if they are publicly available and free to use.
You don't have to form a team before the event, or at all. At the start of the event, we will provide plenty of time to break out and form a new one if you choose to. Teams will be limited to 5 people.
We will have prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, and several other company sponsored prizes.
Yes! We will provide catered meals during the event along with free caffeine!
We will try our best to point people in the right direction and use tools and languages that allow rapid development with the least amount of frustration. There will also be mentors participating in the hackathon who can help you out. Furthermore, you can look up tutorials and sample code online. We will also be having workshops the during and month leading up to the hackathon!
Please bring a student ID so we can verify and register you on-site! You'll also need to bring a computer, whatever software you feel might be necessary for development,toiletries, sleeping bag, and pillow. We also recommend that you bring power strips for convenience. Teammates are free to share equipment with each other.
Sponsors help support every aspect of Hackpoly. Contributions from sponsors go towards the costs of space rentals, food, t-shirts, transportation, staffing expenses, and many, many other things that make a hackathon successful and exciting. Being a Hackpoly sponsor allows you to reach out to talented students looking to innovate and build awesome projects. Sponsors can get involved at many levels, check out our sponsorship packet or shoot us an email to find out how you can be a part of our greatest hackathon yet!