Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event where people get together to work on developing software projects in a short amount of time; BuildHer is 24 hours. Participants form a team, come up with an idea, plan for their idea and then implement the code for it.

What should I bring?

Please bring a student or government-issued ID, a laptop, phone and chargers for both. Also, since this is an overnight event, you may want to bring a change of clothes, sleeping bag and toiletries.

How much does it cost?

BuildHer is completely free for all participants. We provide meals, drinks, snacks, workshops, swag from our sponsors and a great experience!

What if I don't know how to code?

Don't worry! People at all levels of experience (including none) are welcome! There will be specific workshops to help introduce anyone to coding and mentors will be happy to help you out! :)

Who can participate?

BuildHer is open to all individuals who identify as female, nonbinary or transgender. You must also be at least 18 years old to attend. JOIN US!

What if I don't have an idea?

You are not expected to come to the hackathon with a complete idea! We will have mentors around to help participants think of ideas and implement them. There will also be time for brainstorming at the beginning of the event.

What if I don't have a team?

More opportunity to make new friends, am I right? But in all seriousness, you don’t have to come into BuildHer with any sort of team or pairing in order to succeed. There are plenty of events planned during the hackathon where participants will be able to meet one another and have fun. Plus, a lot of participants form teams at the start of the hackathon anyway!

Where will I stay during BuildHer?

BuildHer 2018 is being held on the Northwestern University Evanston campus and all participants will be in reserved rooms and spaces for the duration of the event. There will be plenty of space to spread out and do different activities, as well as designated places to sleep or take naps!

Where can I find the code of conduct?

The MLH Code of Conduct can be found here.

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