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April 28, 2018, 9:30 AM
Middle-schoolers and high-schoolers
Phillips Exeter Academy, Phelps Science Center

What is HackExeter?

HackExeter is the place to try something new. Whether you are an artist who has an idea for an app, an experienced programmer who wants to learn Clojure, or a stargazer who thinks that learning to program would be cool, HackExeter is here with mentors, time, facilities, and food to get you through your first project.

HackExeter is a unique kind of event, built for people who want to learn by creating. A total beginner in middle-school has the same shot at winning as a seasoned high-school hacker. It's about going outside your comfort zone and doing things you didn't know you could do.


HackExeter is open to middle-schoolers and high-schoolers.
Nothing! Admission is free, food is free, and our giveaways are free for everyone.
Anything you can demo. Remember, though, HackExeter is about going outside your comfort zone. Try something you don't know how to do!
Sure! If you're shooting for a prize, though, keep in mind that you will only be scored on the things you added during the event.
Yep! We will provide sandwiches for lunch and pizza for dinner. There won't be breakfast provided, but there is a McDonalds and a Dunkin Donuts very close by! If you have food allergies, email us and we'll try to work something out for you.
Click that button up there! You can register individually, with a team, or, if you are a teacher or coach, register a group for your institution. Registration is completely free.
Bring your laptop and a charger, along with anything else you want to hack on during the event. We will not be able to provide any extra computers.
Mentors and judges will check in with you periodically. You'll be scored not only on your execution, but on your teamwork, time management, and how difficult the project was for you.
Perfect! Come learn. We will have plenty of mentors to get you started and finished. Your prior experience is considered during scoring, so there's a very good chance you could win!
You can work alone, or in a team of up to four people. If you don't have a team, and would like one, come a little early and we'll help you find people to work with!
Yep. The theme of the hackathon is meant to help you generate ideas if you don't already have one. Following the theme is optional but increases your chance of winning a prize.


HackExeter 2018 will take place on April 28.

8:30AM - 9:30AMRegistration
9:30AM - 9:45AMOpening ceremony
9:45AMHacking begins
12:30PMLunch served
6:15PMDinner served
6:45PMHacking ends; Open House
6:30PM - 7:30PMFinal product judging
7:30PM - 8:00PMClosing ceremonies


Prizes to be decided. Last year the prizes were:

First Place4 Raspberry Pi Starter Kits
Second Place4 BeagleBone Black Starter Kits
Third Place4 Arduino Uno Starter Kits
Developer AwardRecognition
Judges' Choice AwardRecognition

All winners recieved 2017 HackExeter T-shirts.


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