Who can attend?
Anyone! There is no age restriction to participate in the hackathon. Attendees from all backgrounds, genders and geographies are welcome. We accept a wide range of applicants, from beginner programmers, to experienced hackathon veterans. Prior AR/VR experience is also not a requirement. We only require that 18 or under applicants bring a signed parental consent form.
How much prior VR/AR development or design experience is required to participate in the event?
No prior experience is required! Any prior experience is always useful; however, we will have lots of helpful design, platform and vertical workshops for those who have not worked in VR/AR before and are looking to get involved.
Who will own any IP produced during the Hackathon?
All IP produced during the Hackathon is required to be registered in the public domain with no residual rights to the IP and available for public use. There are several reasons for this. The spirit of the Hackathon is to encourage innovation and collaboration. We want any developments created during the Hackathon to be openly shared with other participants after the event to foster further development for the benefit of the greater good and to be available to the public to spread awareness and appreciation of the creations made during the Hackathon. Additionally, we would like to cut out the potential for any conflict resulting from the creations. We want people to partner and work with people they don't know very well and we want to avoid any potential for IP disputes or debates about who contributed what to the project and that is all alleviated by keeping everything open sourced. MIT also has IP policies regarding its students creations and we don't want to create any conflicts when working on a team with one of the many MIT participants. Lastly, IP protection often covers creations which are more fully developed. We expect that most material created over the weekend to be in a preliminary phase which may not be suitable for IP protection. We hope everyone can see the rationale and reasoning behind this policy. If you object to registering your work made during the Hackathon in the public domain with no residual rights, please do not participate in the event.
Can we participate as a team in this hackathon? If yes, how can we form one?
Yes, you can participate as a team in the hackathon. Your team can consist of 1 member to a maximum of 5 members. All the members have to register for the event individually.
What if I don’t have a team?
No problem, most participants will not. We will have time allocated on the Friday night of the event for participants to pitch ideas, introduce themselves and form teams.
What do I enter in the affiliation field on the registration form?
Please enter your current employer, university, etc. It is NOT to be confused with your hackathon team, which as explained above will be formed on the Day 1 of the hackathon.
What is the cost to attend the event?
It's free, there are no fees to attend the event! You just need to cover your own travel and lodging. Food during the event will be paid for by us.
Will there be any hardware/equipment available for project development?
If you have any equipment and can bring it (desktops/laptops/monitors/HMDs), we would encourage you to bring it. We will have equipment from sponsors for participants who do not have any equipment or are unable to bring it, but the use of some items may be on a time-share basis if we have limited amounts (For example, we will only have a few HTC Vive headsets).
How do I get there?
The Media Lab is located on the Red Line at the "Kendall/MIT" stop of the subway. For more information on parking and public transportation please refer to their website.
What should I bring?
All attendees are required to bring a valid government ID (ex: driver’s license, passport) for admission. Also bring your laptop, and any hardware you wish to use in your hack. We will have sponsors loaning out tons of hardware as well!
Is this an overnight hackathon?
Participants are highly encouraged to work through the night however, the MIT Media Lab will only be open from 7am-1am Saturday and then will re-open again at 7am on Sunday.
Will travel reimbursements be available for those who travel from out of the area?
At this point, we do not expect to offer any travel reimbursement to participants. We are focusing our budget on making the Hackathon the best event possible.
I don't have Monday, October 10th (Columbus Day) off, will we have to be there that day?
Monday will be the judging of the finalists, closing ceremonies and public VR Expo. If you are not a finalist, you do not need to attend. If you are a finalist, the whole team does not need to stay, but a couple of members should be there to present to the judges.
What if this FAQ didn’t answer my questions?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re in any way confused or concerned! We’d love to help you out :)