HOW MUCH WILL PENNAPPS COST ME?
Not only will we provide you with a weekend's worth of swag, meals, drinks, and snacks and a place to crash when you need a break from coding, we'll even help cover your travel.
ONCE I AM ACCEPTED, WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Need: Laptop and charger, cellphone and charger, sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries, a couple changes of clothes (nerdy shirts are particularly appreciated).
Don't need: a pre-determined team, an idea for an app, food or drink.
Please don't bring: Firearms or other weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, soldering or similar equipment, animals (no matter how adorable).
HOW DO TEAMS WORK?
Teams can include up to 4 members, if you and your friends have decided to be a team prior to PennApps, then you must fill our the team application. If you don’t have a team prepared, no need to worry! Once you are accepted you will be added to a participants group where you can find teammates, alternatively we hold a team formation session at PennApps as well!
HOW DO REIMBURSEMENTS WORK?
When you're accepted, we'll have a page where you can submit your required travel reimbursement forms and receipts. For each location hackers will be coming from, we’ll determine a reasonable cap. We will reimburse travel costs up to this cap—if you go over, we'll still reimburse the amount of the cap, but no more. If you’re not from the USA or Canada, we can reimburse up to $500 of travel costs.
WHAT'S THE APPLICATION PROCESS LIKE?
We're looking for creative and innovative people with a set of skills that can contribute to a project - mobile, web, hardware, design, or anything else really cool. We generally prefer people that have proven their abilities in previous projects, evident through links, project descriptions, Github profiles, video demos or participation/awards in other hackathons. We don't require that you've participated in a hackathon ever before, but show us what makes you special in whatever way is most natural.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Any college, university, or high school student 15 years old or older on September 1st, 2017 is eligible to apply.
WHEN WILL APPLICATIONS CLOSE?
Applications for non-Penn students to apply will close Friday, June 30th 2017. Applications for Penn students will open end of August.
SHOULD PENN STUDENTS FILL OUT THE APPLICATION TOO?
Nope! We'll have a separate registration process for Penn students only later in the summer. Every Penn student who wants to participate is free to, as long as they register in advance. No application process. If you're new to programming, we'll be running workshops for Penn students in the weeks leading up to the event (look out for Code Weekend!), and Friday evening of PennApps.
WHEN/WHERE CAN I HACK?
PennApps will start with the kick-off ceremony. There will be events planned throughout the day for those who arrive early. A detailed schedule of events and locations will be posted later. All work eligible for prizes must be completed between Friday night after the kick-off and Sunday morning.
WHAT CAN I WIN?
It's not about winning—it's about learning and making friends that last for a lifetime (so everyone's a winner!). If you're thinking, "that's adorable...but really," then we've got you covered too. A panel of professional judges will select the top three hacks based on the following criteria: creativity, technical difficulty, polish, and usefulness. Top prizes are TBA, but usually involve thousands of dollars and insane perks from company sponsors. Most sponsors offer their own prizes too for specific categories, which they judge and fund themselves. We had well over $40k worth of prizes up for grabs last time including Nintendo Switches and Oculus Rifts, if you like numbers.
I'M NOT A STUDENT, SO HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
Unfortunately, we can't allow you to participate in the event or be on site during hacking. If you're looking to mentor (i.e. someone with technical skills who'd be willing to help out participants during the weekend), you should reach out to us at [email protected]
Otherwise, you can see the finished products at the demos on Sunday (time and location TBA).
HOW IS PENNAPPS RUN?
PennApps is planned almost entirely by (sleep-deprived) University of Pennsylvania students, with some advice and assistance from our friends at Penn Engineering. One hundred percent of the funding for PennApps comes from corporate sponsor donations. You can find more information about sponsoring at our sponsor section.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS OR WANT TO EXPRESS MY LIMITLESS GRATITUDE?
Aw shucks. Well, if you really must thank us, or you have questions about anything, shoot us an email at [email protected]