1. What is a hackathon?
Hackathons have long been staple events in the Technology Industry since the late 1990s. A Hackathon is an intense event that brings together computer programmers like software developers, graphic designers and user interface specialists along with industry process experts and professionals to identify issues and create software solutions, usually within a weekend.
2. Is this hackathon just for Virtual Reality?
While it is called the VR Hackathon, the event is for all immersive technologies such as augmented reality, mixed reality, human computer interface devices, haptics, and more.
3. Who should attend?
Tech developers, game programmers, makers, UI/UX designers, artists, animators, storytellers, enthusiasts, professionals, students, and all that want to spend a weekend creating solutions with virtual reality and other immersive technologies.
4. What do I bring?
This is a very hands-on and grassroots event. Bring your laptops, mobile phones, Kinects, Oculus Rifts, Leap Motions, wearable computing devices, or whatever inspires you, but above all, your energy and your brain! Don’t worry if you forget something, there will be tons of stuff to do.
5. What is the goal of the hackathon?
We want to create an environment that embraces new ideas and technology solutions for immersive technologies. We know it takes longer than a weekend to build great solutions, but this is ample time to form teams of good people and begin creating great solutions. It brings VR specialists, enthusiasts and investors together and is a great opportunity to network.
6. How do I form or join a team and why?
We hope teams at the hackathon will form around problems expressed by participants or the provided hack categories. We do encourage participants to start forming teams before the event. If you would like to start a team or are looking for a team to join, be sure to attend the Friday evening mixer or make an announcement at the lightning rounds of the opening ceremony of the event on Saturday. You can also propose or join a team via our Facebook page and LinkedIn group.
7. Are there prizes for the hack categories?
We are able to provide cash and software prizes thanks to event sponsors!
8. What do the ticket prices cover?
Since VR Hackathons are community initiated and organized events, all funds raised by ticket prices go toward the event to cover the venue, food, beverages, prizes, and other event costs.
9. What is the schedule like?
VR Hackathons typically starts Friday evening and end with an awards ceremony Sunday afternoon/evening. Some VR Hackathons allow overnight hacking.
10. Who owns my project & IP?
The team that develops the project is the owner of the project and IP. We do encourage sharing of code with others in the community or making code open source but it is not required to participate in the event.
11. How do I have a VR Hackathon in my local area?
If you want to organize a VR Hackathon in your area, contact us and we will let you know how to make it happen.
12. How do I sponsor a VR Hackathon?
If you are interested in sponsoring a VR Hackathon event or a hack category at one of our Hackathons here is our sponsor prospectus. Many of our sponsors have sponsored prizes for projects using their technology or projects specific to their market domain.