Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do students need to work as members of a team? While students are strongly encouraged to participate as members of a team, students are not required to join a team. For students who choose to join a team, please note that team should be no larged than four individuals.


  • May students form or join a team with individuals from another America East university? Yes. Students are welcome to form or join a team with individuals from any America East university.


  • May students build on a past project? No. Hack is an opportunity to build something completely new within a 24-hour period. As such, students may not work on past projects. Students are, however, permitted to use their own APIs or third-party APIs, provided such APIs are used for a new project.


  • Are there any restrictions in terms of what students may build? Hackers may build anything (e.g., web applications, desktop applications, mobile applications, hardware) provided the project strives to address an issue pertaining to one or more of the following areas: (1) cybersecurity; (2) education; (3) environmental sustainability; and (4) health and wellness. Projects may not contain anything that is or may be construed as: (1) threatening, harassing, degrading, or hateful; (2) defamatory; (3) fraudulent; or (4) obscene, indecent, or otherwise objectionable. Further, projects may not contain any material that may encourage conduct constituting a criminal offense.