April 7th-8th

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a social coding event that brings together programmers and other interested people to come up with solutions to problems. Over the course of about 24-36 hours, they learn new technologies, throw together code and prototypes, and compete for prizes. Hackathons have been responsible for innovations such as GroupMe, the Facebook “Like” button, and Facebook chat.

Are there overnight accommodations?

Doors will close at 10 PM, meaning that any participants who are currently in the building must remain in the building until 8 AM, and any participants not in the building will not be able to access the building. If you plan to hack into the night, you are welcome to stay in the building (and bring a sleeping bag or pillow!) If you would like to head home, please leave the building before 10PM and plan to return after 8 AM.

Where should I park?

Parking is available around CSU in parking garages, street parking, and outdoor lots. Please take a look at this page for visit parking information. Please note that South Garage does offer overnight parking.
More info regarding parking below:
Campus Map
CSU Visitor Parking Information
Playhouse Square Parking Information

Do I have to be a coder to participate?

No! We welcome anyone from any background that would like to learn more about housing issues in Cuyahoga County. You do not have to be a programmer, and you do not need to be majoring in Computer Science.

What time should I show up to hack? I can't take off work/classes on Friday.

We ask that participants try to attend the Friday panels, as they will add valuable context to housing issues in Cuyahoga County. However, we understand that not all participants will be able to make it; we ask that hackers try to arrive by 5 pm in order to join team formation or register their team.

Will food and drink be available?

Yes! We will provide food and drink for free throughout the event. If you are in need of additional food or drinks, there are several coffee shops and restaurants in the nearby area.