FAQ

What is HackIDC?

HackIDC is the first national college hackathon in Israel. A hackathon is an event where people who are excited about programming come together for a weekend and collaborate to build cool things. Designers and developers work in teams to create hacks and apps for web or mobile platforms — in our case, these creators are university students.

Where will it take place?

HackIDC will take place at the Interdiciplinary Center Herzliya. To see the exact location on campus, click here.

Who can participate?

HackIDC is open to all students! You don't have to attend the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. You don't have to be a computer science major or even an engineering student, though it's best if you have some coding experience. You aren't required to have ever attended a hackathon before: we will have tech talks beforehand so you can ramp up quickly. You can come with a team, come by yourself and hack alone, or come alone and we'll help you find teammates.

Do I have to be an IDC student?

No — in fact, we'd love to have you here no matter where you're from!

How do I get in to HackIDC?

You need to apply to HackIDC. To do so, click the "Sign up" link, on the top part of the website, and fill out the application form.

What should I bring?

For starters, bring your laptop and charger. Bring your cell phone and charger too, and a power splitter if you have one! If you're coming from outside of Herzliya, you can bring a sleeping bag or blanket, and a sweatshirt which doubles as a pillow will come in handy, along with a change of clothes and the usual toiletries kit of course.

Do I need a team or idea to sign up?

Nope! We will have sessions to help people find team members, as well as an idea generation workshop to help people think of ideas to work on for the hackathon. So you should sign up regardless!

Do I have to be there the entire time?

Nope, you're allowed to get sleep. :) However, all your coding and work must be done at the site of the competition.

Will there be food?

Yes. The only thing you need to worry about is coding. let us take care of the rest. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and plenty of drinks (including energy drinks) will be provided throughout the competition at no cost to participants. We will be providing vegetarian options as well.

What are the sleeping arrangements?

Students should be prepared to bring their own sleeping bag, pillow, and toiletries if they plan on sleeping. We will have a sleeping area set aside if napping under your table or on a nearby bench doesn't sound appealing.

Does HackIDC have a theme?

Yes. As the first national student hackathon, we decided that our theme would be "Student Life".

Can I start working before HackIDC starts?

No. Contestants are not allowed to work on their apps before the 48-hour period. If you want to prepare for the hackathon, focus on gaining experience with and knowledge of the tools you hope to use to build your application.

When are project submissions due?

All hacks will need to be completed by 09:30 on Friday in order to qualify for awards.