WTF is a healthy hackathon?

A chance to build anything you want w/ teammates.

Doesn't matter how wild or crazy your idea is. Team up, let loose, build absolutely anything you want that's related to KA.

A chance to make, not just write code.

You don't have to be a coder! Hacking is making anything, not just coding. Quite frankly our past hackathons wouldn't have been half as fun if all corners of the company hadn't been such a big part.

A chance to work both hard and healthy.

We've carved out quite a bit of time for impressive hacks. And we've set things up a bit differently than most hackathons. You're not gonna walk away lacking sleep and full of 5 hour energy shots.

Rules

  1. Everyone who participates in the hackathon needs to be working on a project. You can work either individually or in a group, and you can work on multiple projects.
  2. The project should make Khan Academy (the organization) better in some way. Examples could be technological (what would happen if we rewrote webapp in Go?), cultural (painting a mural for the office) or teaching us something new about the world (how would users respond to real-time help?).
  3. Every project needs to be demoed. You need to demo at some point during the hackathon, even if it’s a brief description of what you did. Share what you learned with us and the organization becomes smarter, which is an end in itself.

If you'd prefer real quotes, ask anybody what the past hackathons were like. Or check the "Demo'd" and "Shipped" columns on our February 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 Trello boards. Or read more here, here and here. We create a lot, quickly.

Thursday 7/14

  • 11:00am: Kickoff.
    A quick ceremony, followed by lunch. Some folks will be running around trying to form teams, others immediately heads-down.
  • 5:30pm: Dinner.
    Stick around for a healthy meal provided by KA.
  • 🎬 6:30pm: Movie night! 🎬
    You need a distraction already? Come join us for some light entertainment.
  • 11:45pm: Everyone kicked out.
    Doors locked. Those who keep hacking after hours might have unfortunate things" happen to them during the demo.

Friday 7/15

  • 9:30am: Doors reopen.
    Hack hack hack. Full workday to spend hackin'.
  • ~lunchtime: Healthy lunch.
    Eat eat eat.
  • ☕ 3:00pm: (BOBA) Tea Party. ☕
  • ~dinnertime: Healthy dinner.
    Eat eat eat.
  • 11:45pm: Kicked out.
    Sleep sleep sleep.

Saturday 7/16

  • 9:30am: Doors reopen.
    Hack hack hack.
  • ~lunchtime: Healthy lunch.
    Nom nom nom.
  • 🎨 5:00pm: Paint & Pint Night 🎨
    Special workshop with SF Art Teacher, Kelley O'Leary.
    In this workshop, we will use layering and wet-on-wet watercolor techniques to paint loose roses that bloom as you paint them.
  • ~dinnertime: Healthy dinner.
    Nom nom nom.
  • 11:45pm: Kicked out.
    You don't have to go home but you can't stay here.

Sunday 7/17

  • 9:30am: Doors reopen.
    Hack hack hack. Time to think about wrapping things up.
  • ~lunchtime: Healthy lunch.
    Yum yum yum.
  • 1:00pm: Python Bee
    Ben Kraft will be hosting the ever-so-popular Python Bee in Digestion. Come show off your live coding skills!
  • ~dinnertime: Healthy dinner.
    Yum yum yum.
  • 11:45pm: Kicked out.
    Sleep sleep sleep.

Monday 7/18

  • 9:30am: Doors reopen.
    Hack hack hack.
  • ~lunchtime: Healthy lunch.
    Let's face it, probably eating while frantically trying to get your demo working.
  • 1:30pm: Pencils down.
    No more creating. Every team has 30 more minutes to finish prepping their demo. Any team that can throw their slides into the shared Google Slides doc or record a two-minute video should have this ready to go so we can tear through the demos in a reasonable amount of time!
    Sign up for your demo here!
  • 2:00pm: Demos begin!
    Best part. Every team demos. Expect the whole thing to end sometime before midnight. (Just kidding! We're hoping to be done by 4pm so please keep your demos short and to the point.)

Prepare to hack using this Trello board.