Frequently Asked Questions

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How much does Hack the Dot cost? And how do I sign up?

It’s free! If you’d like to attend all you have to do is register for an event near you and show up. Easy as pie.

How does a typical Hack the Dot work?

It’s pretty simple. You show up at the scheduled start time and we’ll check you in and assign you to a team. You’ll have a little bit of down time where you can eat pizza, drink some beer, and get to know your teammates. When we officially get started, we’ll go over the rules, say a quick thanks to our sponsors, and reveal the secret domain name that will serve as inspiration for your hackathon project. Then you’re off! You’ll have two hours to create the coolest project you can come up with.

Towards the end of the event, a panel of judges will go around from team to team to learn about their projects and see a brief demonstration. The top 5 teams will present their projects to the entire room, and a winner will be selected.

I’m not a developer. Can I still come?

Of course! Hack the Dot is for anyone willing to share ideas and work with others to create something great. Even if you don’t know how to code, there will be someone on your team who will be able to bring your ideas to life. Anyone with an interest in marketing, design, web development, or technology is welcome to participate.

I already have a group of people I want to hack with. Can we all be on the same team?

Part of the beauty of Hack the Dot is the chance to meet new people in your local tech community and learn from their experience. Participants will be randomly assigned to teams once they arrive, so you’re probably not going to be working with the people you came with. If you absolutely have to be on the same team, then let us know and we’ll work something out.

Why only two hours?

Our events are more about having fun and getting creative than building the most perfect, functional project we’ve ever seen in our lives. Our style is keep it funny and keep it casual—and if it does end up being the most perfect, functional project we’ve ever seen in our lives, then more props to you.