GlobalHack VII FAQ - General

Who can attend GlobalHack VII?

We welcome software developers, front-end and UX designers, project managers and other technologists of all technical skill levels to compete.

Why should I attend GlobalHack VII?
  1. Meet People, Find Jobs: Hackathons attract individuals and organizations who are passionate about software and technology. Participants are invited to mingle both within and outside their team! Many of our sponsors will be sharing information about jobs or projects within their companies.
  2. Improve Your Skills: If you’re just learning how to code, hackathons are a great way to put your skills to the test in a contained environment by solving real-world problems over a set amount of time. Hackathons are a great way to get relevant experience in the field working with a team to accomplish a common goal.
  3. Perks + Prizes: We (as well as our sponsors) will be giving away some great event swag in addition to $100,000 in cash prizes.
  4. Give Back: Civic hackathons are a fantastic way to give back to your community through technology. The conversations, ideas and products that emerge as a result of this hackathon will have a lasting impact on foreign-born citizens and the organizations that serve them.
How much experience do I need to participate?

No one is too inexperienced for GlobalHack! The best way to get improve your skills is to work with people who are more experienced than you. Every team will need someone to do QA (Quality Assurance) and Development Operations (DevOps) which are typically better roles for early-stage developers.

What does my admission cover?

It depends on what type of ticket (No Meal, Meal, or VIP) you purchase. Each ticket type gets you access to the hackathon. We’ll also provide high-speed wifi and workspace. No Meal Plan tickets are just that – food and drinks are on your own. Meal Plan tickets include six (6) meals during the event (dinner on Friday, all three meals on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday), and our newly introduced VIP plan gets you your own personal ‘Hack Pack,’ upgraded meals, additional raffle tickets and a cushioned seat.

What do I need to bring to the hackathon?

All attendees are required to bring a valid photo ID for admission. Laptops, chargers, sleeping bags and toiletries are highly recommended. Participants under 18 will need to bring a completed Parental/Guardian Consent Form & Waiver.

Do I have to stay on-site to hack?

You do not have to remain on-site the whole weekend. You do need to check in on-site before 10:00 PM CST on Friday, October 12, 2018 to be eligible for the competition. You are responsible for making all deadlines regardless of where you choose to hack. You will need to have at least one member of your team to present your demo at judging on Sunday.

What are workspaces like?

On the arena floor, we’ll be setting up tables for participant teams. Each table will be provided with a power strip to plug in your various devices. We will provide large paper and markers for teams but will not provide whiteboards. You will not have access to private workspaces or conference rooms. There will be some additional seating provided on the concourse level at Chaifetz Arena to talk and relax with your team.

What can’t I bring?

You may not bring firearms or other weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, or animals (except service animals). All of these prohibited items are included in the GlobalHack Code of Conduct, with the associated consequences.

I’m not a US citizen or resident. Is a visa required to attend GlobalHack VII?

Please check with your local government on the documents required for your travel to the US. You can also visit the Venue sub-page for additional travel details.

I'm traveling from outside the US. Will GlobalHack provide a visa letter to confirm I am attending GlobalHack VII?

You can receive a visa letter by email by sending a request to tickets@globalhack.org. Please include “VISA LETTER” in the subject line and be sure to include your full name, country of citizenship, country of residence and dates of travel to the US.

Will you have vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free options for meals?

Each meal will have a vegetarian option. However, not all meals will be gluten-free or vegan, so if you have any food-related allergies, please plan on bringing your own food or arranging for meals throughout the weekend.

GlobalHack FAQ - Teams

How do teams work?

Hackathons are all about bringing people together to build awesome products, so we encourage participants to work in teams. Teams can have no more than eight (8) members. We do not allow remote workers on teams. If we find that you are utilizing remote team members, you and your team will be immediately disqualified.

Do I need to come with a team?

Not at all! Some of our previous GlobalHack winners met each other for the first time at one of our events. Teams can be pre-formed or individuals can find teammates on Friday, October 12 before and after our Opening Ceremony.

If you don’t have a team now, don’t stress! There are few ways that you find potential teammates:

  1. After you’ve purchased your ticket, join the GlobalHack Participants Facebook Group. Use the group to create your own team or join an existing team. Don’t be shy!
  2. Check out our Looking for a Team? shared Google Spreadsheet. You can post here if you’re looking to join a team or are looking for additional teammates. Be proactive and reach out to folks who are looking!
How do divisions work?

At GlobalHack VII, teams are split into three different divisions. Your team’s division must be selected when you register your team via DevPost by 1 AM on Saturday, October 13, 2018. A description of the divisions and their eligibility are referenced below:

  • Professional: Any mix of team members can enter the Professional Division.
  • College: In order to be eligible for prizes in the College Division, ALL TEAM MEMBERS must be: (a) currently enrolled in a university, including graduate programs; and (b) older than 18 years of age (> 18). They must be able to verify their student status by providing GlobalHack staff with a .edu email address and a current Student ID. EXCEPTION: Teams who have a blend of college students and youth participants are eligible to compete in the college division.

Youth: In order to be eligible for prizes in the Youth Division, ALL TEAM MEMBERS must be (a) 18 years of age or younger (< = 18);  and (b) not currently enrolled in postsecondary education. One-off in-person or online courses do not affect eligibility for this division (e.g. a high school student who is taking a computer science course through a community college).

Here are some example scenarios with various blends of team members and the appropriate decision for each:

GH VI Division Matrix

Do you allow for chaperones or coaches?

Many of our younger participants at GlobalHack VII will be accompanied by adults: parents, teachers, principals, etc. We understand that many of these adults have been positive influences on these students as they explore opportunities and topics around computer science. We at GlobalHack are committed to running a fun, fair, and equitable competition for all of our participants, regardless of age.

We STRONGLY RECOMMEND that all youth teams provide at least one (1) chaperone or coach throughout the weekend. We will allow chaperones and coaches to attend GlobalHack VII provided they abide by the following guidelines:

Chaperone
A chaperone is a non-active observer of a team. They will receive a Guest Pass for GlobalHack VII are allowed to view the competition from our Guest area. Chaperones MAY NOT interact with the teams in the designated participant area at Chaifetz Arena. To secure a chaperone pass, please email youth@globalhack.org.

Coach
A coach takes a more active role on a team, and may guide and assist a team WITHOUT producing any part of a work product(s) for that team (project plan, presentation, as well as ANY written code). Youth teams with an active coach may still participate in our Youth Division, but judges will be taking this into consideration when scoring/ranking teams. In the spirit of GlobalHack events, we want to see the skills of our youth participants shine, not that of the adults who mentor them. Coaches MAY NOT be present during any of their team’s judging presentation(s).

Member
An adult who is actively assisting a youth team by writing code (unlike a coach) and creating other work products is considered a member of that team and will be bumped up to the appropriate division (College or Pro, depending on the age of the additional participant).

Can I observe the event?

Unfortunately, GlobalHack VII is not open to the general public if you have not registered as an attendee, event sponsor, or volunteer. A limited number of guests will attend by invitation only. If you would like to be considered for a guest pass, please email tickets@globalhack.org. Please include your name, title, organization and your interest in attending the event.

What volunteer opportunities do you have at the event?

For information about individual and group volunteering opportunities, please contact McKenna Craigmiles at mckenna@globalhack.org.

Do you have a Code of Conduct for participants?

Yes! Check it out here → bit.ly/ghcodeofconduct

Can I switch teams during the event?

No. All teams and team members must be set by 1 AM on Saturday, October 13, 2018.

Can I transfer my ticket to someone else?

Unfortunately we cannot accommodate ticket transfers.

GlobalHack FAQ - Challenge

What is the overall theme of hackathon?

GlobalHack VII will center around improving experiences for foreign-born individuals and communities (immigrants and refugees).

When are the full details of the challenge announced?

Full challenge details are released during our Opening Ceremony which begins at 6:30pm on Friday, October 12, 2018.

Should I or my team do any research in advance of the challenge announcement?

No. Advanced research (such as contacting our partner organizations) will likely harm your team more than help it. Between specificity around the judging criteria and our challenge brief, trying to “guess” what the challenge will be will probably get you sidetracked. We will provide all the necessary resources and background information your team will need for your projects. As a general guideline, do not do any advance work prior to the announcement of the challenge.

What technologies can teams use?

Please check out the GlobalHack VII Official Rules for more information about allowable technologies.

Does GlobalHack keep my design and code after the hackathon?

While GlobalHack does not claim or retain ownership of your app or entry, you will allow us to review your code and application for the purpose of judging, and to use your entry for promotional purposes – but that’s it. 

Where can I find a link to the GlobalHack VII Rules?

Right here, boss: http://bit.ly/gh7rules

GlobalHack VI FAQ - Miscellaneous

Is this an overnight hackathon?

Yes! The venue will be open throughout the weekend; you are welcome to bring your pillows and sleeping bags for overnight hacking.

Do you issue refunds?

We are unable to issue refunds for GlobalHack VII.

Do you do travel reimbursements?

A limited supply of domestic travel reimbursements will be made available for participants traveling from outside of St. Louis to the event:

  • Outside of Greater St. Louis Metro Region (more than an hour outside the city): Up to $100 per person
  • Outside of Missouri: Up to $250 per person

If you are interested in applying for a travel reimbursement, please contact tickets@globalhack.org.

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