Women in Computer Science (WiCS) at Stony Brook University is proud to present its 8th annual hackathon, now held in a hybrid environment. HopperHacks is a 24-hour social good-themed hackathon that welcomes all students and is devoted to being inclusive and beginner-friendly.
Regardless of major or gender, we welcome you to join us in making an impact in the community with your creativity and imagination! We aim to provide a safe and comfortable environment for undergraduate and graduate students of any background and skill level to participate in.
This year’s theme is Alice in Wonderland!
@ 6:30PM, in OLD CS 2311
@ 6:30PM, in OLD CS 2311
@ 6:00PM, Virtual (Zoom)
@ 8:30AM, in SAC 169
|12:00 PM - 12:30 PM||HopperHacks Begins; Sign In|
|12:30 PM - 1:00 PM||Opening Ceremony|
|1:00 PM - 2:00 PM||Team Building Activity|
|2:00 PM||Team Photo Raffle & Hopper Drawing Contest Opens|
|3:00 PM - 4:00 PM||Blockchain, Crypto, and NFT: Risk and Opportunity by Professor Danling Jiang|
|4:00 PM - 5:00 PM||Intro to Palace Tournament|
|5:00 PM - 6:00 PM||Intro to UI/UX Design with Figma by Arthi Krishna (WaffleHacks)|
|6:00 PM - 7:00 PM||Internship Panel|
|7:00 PM - 8:00 PM||Dinner|
|8:00 - 9:00 PM||Tea Cup Painting Activity|
|9:00 PM - 10:00 PM||Palace Tournament|
|10:00 PM||In-Person Component Ends / Clean Up|
|12:00 PM||Hacking Ends; Project Submission Deadline|
|12:30 PM||FINAL Project Submission Deadline|
|12:30 PM - 2:00 PM||Judging|
|2:30 PM - 3:30 PM||Closing Ceremony|
Best Beginner Hack
Best Fantasy and Entirely Bonkers Hack
Best Diversity and Inclusion track
Best Entertainment Hack
Best Community Hack
Best Environmental and Sustainability Hack
A hackathon is a day-long event where attendees can: compete for prize categories, attend workshops, and participate in fun activities and games. Competing is completely optional! You can also choose which workshops/activities you want or don’t want to attend based on your interests.
Short answer: Nope!
Long answer: HopperHacks is a beginner-friendly hackathon, so please do not feel as if you need to have any coding experience to participate. If you do not know how to code but want to learn and have fun, we have workshops and activities throughout the event for you to attend. We know that hackathons can be intimidating for many first-time hackers, and so we want this to be a learning and fun experience for you to become more comfortable with working with others, developing new skills, and letting your creativity shine under a time constraint.
To help students prepare for HopperHacks, we invite WiCS alumni, on-campus organizations, and other industry professionals to host a variety of workshops the week leading up to HopperHacks.
If you have anything you want us to know prior to the event, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions or concerns during the event, you can always chat with us in person or in the Discord channel, and we will do our best to help you!
We typically recommend a team of 3-4 people. You are free to choose whoever is going to be on your team either prior or during the day of the event. You are also free to work on your own.
If you are looking for a team, we will have a Discord channel for you to reach out to other participants and form teams that way. We will also have a Team Building Activity on Saturday, Feb. 12th at 10 AM EST on Zoom.
A team should consist of a minimum of 1 person to a maximum of 5 people. Keep in mind if you are in a team of 5, there are only 4 prizes per team.
Think about what changes you want to bring to the world. Think of any issues you and/or anyone else have faced in the past or are still facing that you want to focus on resolving. You can think of a target audience and a resolution. Once you have a target or a goal to achieve, then you can start brainstorming ways you can approach using the resources available.
In addition to the technical workshops that we are hosting throughout HopperHacks, there are many online resources if you want to learn about programming. These resources include but are not limited to KhanAcademy, W3Schools, and CodeAcademy. If all else fails, there's sure to be something that can help you on google :)
HopperHacks is open to all students! Hackers who are interested in coming in person will be given a wrist band on the day of to gain entry.
We welcome all undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of gender, major and school! Open to coders and designers of all skill levels. Coding experience not required.
February 9th, by 11:59 PM (EST)
Yes. You will be expected to submit a project on the Devpost platform which means you are required to create an account.
Nope! You are free to attend any of our workshops and events if you would so choose to.