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What is HackFresno?

HackFresno is a student hackathon at Fresno State that encourages creativity and innovation while solving some of the world's toughest problems. Stay up for 24 hours with the coolest and brightest people you will ever meet, and help design a product that can improve the world. This year, we are focusing all projects on four core themes. These themes encompass some of today's toughest issues, and encourage teams to think of ways to use their skills to benefit the world around them.

Everyone is welcome, from the most experienced developers and designers to first-time programmers with a drive to solve our biggest challenges. Regardless of your skill, there is a place for you at HackFresno.

Themes

Education

While technology has progressed rapidly, the way we educate students has largely stayed the same. Develop projects that help foster learning both in and out of the classroom, and that can help schools better provide resources to their students.

Health & Wellness

Technology has drastically improved the healthcare industry over the last century. Help take it a step further. Develop tools for doctors and hospitals to better care for patients, or design products that encourage people to maintain healthy lifestyles.

Environment & Agriculture

Help design solutions to keep the Earth safe and habitable for future generations. Projects in this category can include water management for California farmers, energy usage optimization for households, or tools to enforce environmental policy.

Social Good

Develop a project that can help bring our world closer together. Projects in this category can have applications in (but not limited to) government, philantropy, or socioeconomic inequality.

Location

FRESNO, CA
Fresno State | North Gym 118

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a nonstop design and innovation competition. Over the 24 hours, teams develop projects that solve real-world problems. At the end of the hackathon, teams show off their work to judges and other participants.

So, we're not breaking into anyone's computers right?

Nope! In this case, "hacking" refers to collaborating on a task, usually with code, to solve a specific problem. Read this great article that goes further in depth about hackathons.

What does it cost to attend?

Nothing at all! We provide all meals, snacks, and swag for free, so that all you have to worry about is what you'll be building.

So what do I bring with me?

You will need your student ID, government ID (to check out hardware), as well as your own computer and any other small hardware you may want to hack with. We also recommend a sleeping bag and toiletries to stay fresh and rested.

What if I'm a beginner?

Not to worry! We will have beginning hacking workshops at the start of the event. There will also be tech talks and mentors present throughout to help you with your ideas.

How do teams work?

Teams can be up to five members. If you don't have a team, don't worry! We will help you find a team once you get to the event.

Are there any rules?

We follow the MLH code of conduct.
READ HERE

Help!

If you have any other questions, reach out to us at any time.
team@hackfresno.com

Sponsors

Coming soon!

Interested in sponsoring? Contact team@hackfresno.com

Partners

Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon Season