The 2nd Annual School's Out Hackathon

August 7-8 Trinity University


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What is SoHacks?

SoHacks is a 24 hour coding marathon engineered to help you learn how to code. Make your app, website, or machine a reality with the help of experienced mentors, structured classes, and like-minded peers.

Ever had that app, website, or machine you wanted to build but didn't know where to start? Have you ever wanted to jump into the world of programming and show off an awesome product to your friends? Now is your chance. The School's Out Hackathon is an annual hackathon in San Antonio designed to help students take their first steps into the world of computer science and programming. You'll have tons of mentors and like-minded peers to help you through the process of making your dream into a reality (not to mention the thousands of dollars in cash and physical prizes for the best products).

SoHacks 2014 stats

(See the Website)

512

Attendees

80

Hacks

100

Mentors

54%

First Time Coders

$12K

Cash/Prizes

39%

Female Attendees

A Breakdown of the Hacks Created at SoHacks 2014

Why Should I Program?

I think everyone should learn how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.
- Steve Jobs

The power of computer science in a growing, tech based job market is undeniable. Thousands of college students each year are chosing STEM and programming related degrees to help them make their own apps and products or join companies in profitable software engineering jobs. Why not start learning now?

How Do Hacks/Hackathons Help Me Program?

Hackathons provide an avenue for you to easily try out new ideas and build what you feel needs to be added into the world. But there is one thing that you need to be clear about, the very definition of the word hack. A hack is defined as a product that uniquely solves a problem usually in the form of apps, websites, or robots — a clever solution to a tricky problem. A hackathon is a place where hacks are made by creators (hackers) who are passionate about making cool stuff in a collaborative environment. At a hackathon you'll get the ultimate experience of non-stop coding practice and fun as you make your idea a reality. On average, attendees last year rated SoHacks a 9.8/10, commenting that it is one of the best places to start or continue a love of programming. You'll have unlimited access to resources and mentors to help you along the way!

Check out this TEDx talk given by our very own head organizers about the importance of creating a hacker culture.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is this hackathon you speak of?

A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects.

What do you mean by "hack"?

Don't worry. It's just a bunch of people getting together and coding. Nothing like the Defcon convention which is specifically for the purpose of hacking into computers. A hackathon is just a way to get people together to make awesome programs.

But I don't know how to program.

We will have a bunch of workshops aimed to help inexperienced people learn a few lines of code. Plus you can talk to the awesome people attending to learn more.

Who is eligible to attend?

As long as you are in high school with an interest in programming, you are welcome. Just bring us some form of ID and you should be all set. If you are a college/graduate student and are interested in being a mentor, email us for more information.

How much does it cost to attend?

It's free! Food and workshops are free to attend and laptops will be provided by special request if you do not have access to one email us.

What to I need to bring?

A laptop and awesome ideas. We provide everything else (food, energy drinks, and so on). You may also want to bring a sleeping bag, since you may be programming well into the night!

Can I work on an existing project?

Sorry but everything must be new. But do feel free to work on ideas, design, and branding beforehand.

What can I make?

Anything that pertains to technology. As long as it's legal and ethical, you're good. You can check out some of our previous hacks at Challengepost.com where all hacks that were presented last year have been submitted.

How do I register?

Due to the large amount of people who have already expressed interest in this event, we will be using an application system to determine event attendance. This is merely to ensure that those who are coming to the event are passionate about coding. We will be "experience-blind" in the process, meaning that your coding skills/previous projects will not affect your decision.

Sponsors

These are the people who make SoHacks possible. Each year, we want to make sure that our attendees get the best quality event possible. Sponsors are the people who play one of the largest roles in that. Take a look at our sponsorship packet to see how your company can help us put on this event. All sponsors will have their logo placed on the website and bring developers to help out and advertise their product. We also accept in-kind donations. Email Us for more information.

Download the Sponsor Packet    View 2014 Sponsors

Contact Us

Email us at contact@sohacks.com

We would be happy to respond to any requests, sponsorship questions, or general queries about the event. Don't hesitate to reach out!

Less than 4.9 percent of students graduate with a degree in computer science
Only 28% of computing jobs are filled. By 2020 over 1 million jobs will be unmet.
Only 50% of states give credit for computer science classes.
Computer Science jobs account for 60% of the STEM job-industry
90% of United States high schools do not have an introductory computer science curriculum