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About

Two Days of Hackathon

- June 2014

Rackspace Global HQ in San Antonio, Texas

The Vision

Create the largest maker-space for students to tinker and hone their skills in coding.

Collaboration

Students from around Texas and the United States will join together for 36 hours to create awesome projects.

Presentations

Show off what you have created to the world while getting useful tips from peers and mentors.

Sign Up

Register for your ticket now!

Attend as a mentor

Mentors

Sign Up As a Mentor

One of the great things that makes a hackathon a memorable experience is the interaction with a mentor. At SoHacks, we strive to create that experience for all our attendees.

Mentors, please fill out this form and we will respond to you within a day.

Attend as a mentor

Volunteers

Sign Up As a Volunteer

Love to volunteer? Want to get some hours while helping out a good cause? Sign up at the link below to volunteer at any of the times listed!

Volunteer

Sponsors

Sponsorship plays a major role in the success of our event.

We Need Sponsors.
Want to help the community and get your brand known/ product used?
Contact us.

Major Sponsors

Collegiate Partners

Partner Hackathons

Official Partner of the USA Science & Engineering Festival

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any more questions feel free to go to the contact section to send us an email.

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, contact us for more information.

How much 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
(contact us).

What do I need to bring?

A laptop and awesome ideas. We provide everything else (food, energy drinks, and so on).

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.

What about travel reimbursements?

Currently we are letting people apply for merit based travel reimbursements. Fill out this form and we will get back to you within the next month for a travel reimbursement of up to $200.

Do I need to stay at Rackspace the entire time?

Due to security reasons, we will have to ask you to stay at Rackspace unless a parent/guardian picks you up and drops you off at the event. In previous hackathons, many people stay up the entire 24+ hours to get their project finished in time; however, we will have places for you to sleep if you wish to do so (as long as you bring a sleeping bag).

Can I just attend the workshops and programming talks if I do not want to stay overnight?

Absolutely! We definitely want you to learn about the awesome things you can do when you learn how to program. Just be sure that you have a parent/guardian pick you up and drop you off.

Can I just attend the workshops and programming talks if I do not want to stay overnight?

Absolutely! We definitely want you to learn about the awesome things you can do when you learn how to program. Just be sure that you have a parent/guardian pick you up and drop you off.

How awesome will it be?

Very Awesome.

Schedule

First Day

Ah yes. The first day of the hackathon. Arrive early Friday morning and dive straight into the hackathon experience with an API Expos and attend workshops in the evening to learn about new innovations in the tech world today.

Registration Opens

Opening Ceremonies and API Demos

HACKING STARTS

Workshops Begin End at 9 PM

Dinner Catered by Papa Johns

Second Day

All good things must come to an end, but not before you give it your best in the last 18 hours of the hackathon! Sleep can wait, get the project ready for demos at 2 PM

Midnight Snacks Sponsored by Github

Breakfast Catered by Las Palapas

Re-entry (only if you have contacted beforehand)

Lunch

Hack Demos Open to Public

Judging

Presentations/Awards/Closing Ceremonies

Judges


  • Michael Girdley

    Founder of Codeup

    Michael is a long-time entrepreneur and investor from San Antonio. His published works include 6 books on Java Programming with a focus on web applications. He founded Codeup, a 12 week tech bootcamp, designed for non techies to transform them into top web dev material.


  • Diego Bernal

    Councilman and Tech Advocate

    Diego Bernal was born in San Antonio, Texas and has since become an idol for its youth and an outspoken advocate for improving the education standards across San Antonio school districts. He is currently a councilman and a member of Geekdom.


  • Magaly Chocano

    CEO of Sweb Development

    Magaly is former singer-turned-advertising producer and is the visionary behind Sweb’s whirlwind growth, and there’s no doubt that she will be the reason it remains a force in the tech community. Sweb Development has garnered many awards under her leadership.


  • Lorenzo Gomez III

    Director of Geekdom

    As Director of Geekdom, Lorenzo directs the entrepreneurial and startup cross-collaboration efforts of the members of Geekdom, a collaborative working space for companies located in San Antonio Texas.


  • Paul Voccio

    Director of Software Development at Rackspace

    Paul Voccio is the Senior Development Manager for Compute who has worked in operations and development for Cloud. His current mission is to improve upon OpenStack and Cloud Servers.

The Organizers

The Organizers

We know that without a team, this hackathon wouldn't be possible. So, here are some of the key players in this event.

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Joshua Singer

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Abhinav Suri

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Canzhi Ye

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Jacob Van Geffen

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Jonathan Zong

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Drew McElvany

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Kevin Wu

Attendee Information

Information Website

Wow the Hackathon is coming close! We just need you to do some stuff before you come to the event so you can have a great experience. Click the following link to the taken through the attendee info page where you can download our info packet, mandatory waiver, and confirm your attendance.

Contact

Get in touch

Contact info

Send in a quick email and we would be happy to discuss sponsorships and general inquiries with you.