MARCH 5-6, 2016

Thanks for a great BrickHack! See you next year!


What is BrickHack?


March 5-6 ignites a weekend devoted to 400 designers and coders sinking 24 hours into learning, building, and creating unique projects. Mentors and industry representatives will also join the fray to lend expertise and share wisdom. The event will take place in RIT's Gordon Field House for a centralized, communal hacking experience. Expect food, swag, and timeless brick-laden memories


What is a hackathon?

Great question! A hackathon is best described as an “invention marathon”. Anyone who has an interest in technology attends a hackathon to learn, build & share their creations over the course of a weekend in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. You don’t have to be a programmer and you certainly don’t have to be majoring in CS.

MLH has a great list of related questions over at

What should I bring?

Bring yourself, a photo ID, clothes, toiletries, a sleeping bag/blanket, your hacker setup and maybe an idea or two.

When does registration close?

Acceptance notification will start being sent out February 8th. Applications submitted afterwards will be waitlisted.

When will I know if I got in?

Acceptance notifications will start being sent out February 8th on a rolling basis.

How old do you need to be to attend BrickHack?

You need to be 18 years or older to participate in BrickHack. Proof of your age may be requested on the day of the event.

Who can participate in BrickHack?

Anyone who is currently enrolled as a student or has graduated within the last 12 months can attend! If you don't fit that description, you're welcome to attend as a mentor or volunteer!

How much does this cost?

Zero. Zip. Nada. Attending BrickHack is free, and we'll be providing plenty of food and swag throughout the weekend!

I've never been to a hackathon before, can I still apply?

Of course you can! Our attendees will range from first-timers to veteran hackers. Saddle up to a new framework, refresh a stale project, or just hang out and enjoy the diverse company.

I don't live near Rochester - can I still come?

Definitely. We invite hackers from all over the US and Canada to join us for our annual event!

How am I supposed to get there?

If you live in the Rochester, NY area, you’re good to go. If not, we still welcome you! Some schools will have a bus provided; see below. Unfortunately we are unable to provide travel reimbursements. If you have any questions, contact [email protected].

Are busses being provided?

Busses will be provided to the following schools: University at Buffalo, Binghamton University, Cornell University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Rutgers University.

Do I need a team to join?

While teams are often recommended and sometimes more fun, they're not required. Feel free to invite your friends. Teams are a max of 4 people.

Do RIT students need to apply?

Yes, RIT students need to apply just like everyone else.

Can high schoolers join?

Anyone that fits the age requirements can apply, even high schoolers.

Should I bring my own bricks?

We've got you covered.

My question isn't answered here?

Fret not! Feel free to reach out to us on Twitter, Facebook, or email.


* Schedule subject to change

March 5th
10:30AM - 2:00PM Registration
11:15AM Lunch
12:00PM Opening Ceremony
1:00PM Hacking Begins
1:00PM Datto Tech Talk
Booting without a disk (Live Feature Demo), Making Architectural Decisions the Wrong Way, Docker by Example
2:00PM Microsoft Tech Talk
Getting Started with Azure Cloud
3:00PM Staples Tech Talk
Corporate Innovation in CLOUDy conditions: Looking at cloud based architecture in a corporate enviornment and its use in supporting innovation
3:30PM Facebook Tech Talk
Great big airplanes with internet lasers: Connecting the unconnected with Facebook's Aquila
4:00PM Simone Center: Commercializing your Product
Commercializing your product
4:30PM Sparkpost Tech Talk
Build Something Awesome with SparkPost: How to quickly get up and running with SparkPost. How to setup and use Inbound Relay. Awesome demos and examples.
5:00PM Fedora Tech Talk
Free/Open Source Software Submissions: A Primer. How to license your code FOSS, how to contribute to FOSS projects, how to specifically do things "The Open Source Way."
5:30PM Design Workshop by MakeSchool
6:00PM Dinner
7:00PM "Gotta Code 'Em All" Workshop by MakeSchool
An introduction to programming for iOS using Swift. Covers topics like "if statements", "for-loops", "functions", and "variables". Internet connection and computer required (PC or Mac).
8:00PM Sushi Snack
11:00PM MLH Cup Stacking

March 6th
12:00AM Field House will be secured - No one may enter from 12am - 7am, no exceptions.
1:00AM Cookies
1:00AM - 3:00AM HackerRank Codesprint
Test your coding skills with a code sprint! Top 10 coders win HackerRank t-shirts. Challenge page »
8:00AM Breakfast
11:30AM Lunch
12:00PM Submissions Due
1:00PM - 2:30PM Judging
3:00PM Move to Closing Ceremony Venue
3:30PM - 5:00PM Closing Ceremony


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