MLH Official - Spring 2016
A 36-hour hackathon at the University of Maryland
April 8-10, 2016
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What is Bitcamp
Bitcamp is a place for exploration. You will have 36 hours to delve into your curiosities, learn something new, and make something awesome. With world-class mentors and hundreds of fellow campers, you’re in for an amazing time. If you’re ready for an adventure, see you by the fire!
What is a Hackathon
A hackathon is a creative coding marathon. Students are encouraged to come with an idea, form teams, and then build out that idea into a product in 36 hours. For Bitcamp, we want you to take something you love (sports! art! camping!) and combine it with technology to make something awesome. It is a great time to push the envelope and learn some new skills.
Venue
Bitcamp 2016 will take place at the Reckord Armory on the University of Maryland campus.

If you are coming from I95/I495: Exit at College Park/US-1 (#25), go south on US-1 for about two miles until reaching the Visitor Center on your right. Turn right into the parking lot and park in lots C1 or C2.

If you are coming from Washington D.C.: Take Rhode Island Avenue (US-1) north to College Park, which will turn into Baltimore Avenue (US-1). Turn left into the parking lot for the Visitors Center and park in lots C1 or C2.

If you are traveling via Metro: Ride the Green Line to the College Park Metro Station, and take the University of Maryland 104 bus to stop #1. Walk south across the fields to reach the Armory.
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Colorwar
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Schedule

Friday


Time Event
4:00PM Sponsor Mentor Checkin
6:00PM Registration Opens
8:00PM Sponsorship Fair
9:30PM Opening Ceremony
10:00PM Hacking Begins

Saturday


Start Event
4:00PM Colorwar

Sunday


Start Event
10:00AM Hacking Ends/Submissions Due
11:00AM Expo Begins
1:30PM Closing Ceremony
2:30PM End
Colorwar
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Trails
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General FAQ
Code of Conduct
General FAQ

What’s Bitcamp?


Bitcamp is a place for exploration. We’re a hackathon that values participant experience and mentorship over competitiveness and points. Come to have fun with your friends, learn something new, eat s’mores, and have a generally awesome time. We have all sorts of crazy activities planned for you...you’ll have to come to find out the rest!

What’s a hackathon?


A hackathon is a creative coding marathon. Students are encouraged to come with an idea, form teams, and then build out that idea into a product in 36 hours. For Bitcamp, we want you to take something you love (sports! art! camping!) and combine it with technology to make something awesome. It is a great time to push the envelope and learn some new skills.

Where’s Bitcamp?


Bitcamp 2016 will take place at the Reckord Armory on the University of Maryland campus.

If you are coming from I95/I495: Exit at College Park/US-1 (#25), go south on US-1 for about two miles until reaching the Visitor Center on your right. Turn right into the parking lot and park in lots C1 or C2.

If you are coming from Washington D.C.: Take Rhode Island Avenue (US-1) north to College Park, which will turn into Baltimore Avenue (US-1). Turn left into the parking lot for the Visitors Center and park in lots C1 or C2.

If you are traveling via Metro: Ride the Green Line to the College Park Metro Station, and take the University of Maryland 104 bus to stop #1. Walk south across the fields to reach the Armory.

Travel


We’ll have buses covering travel from several schools and areas. If there isn’t a bus from your school or area, we’ll be providing reimbursements on an application basis. We cannot reimburse anyone traveling from a school that has a bus. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Guidelines


Don’t bring any firearms, knives, weapons, drugs or alcohol.

Don’t use an old project. Start something new instead!

Please read our Code of Conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. We are expecting cooperation from all participants to help ensuring a safe environment for everybody. (TL;DR: Be nice.)

Timing


People will arrive between 6pm and 8pm on Friday, April 8, 2016. Dinner is served at 6:30 PM. Our Sponsor Fair is at 8:00 PM, where you can spend time meeting and listening to sponsor talks. Hacking will start at 10pm on Friday and go until 10am on Sunday, April 10, 2016. Closing session will end by 3pm on Sunday.

Packing List


Bring yourself, a photo ID, your signed waiver (if applicable), clothes, toiletries, a sleeping bag/blanket, your hacker setup and maybe an idea or two.

Registration Process


Registration opens Monday, February 8th at 12:00pm. Answer the questions regarding yourself, and later we will follow up with you with travel reimbursements, liability waivers, and the sort.

Teams


Projects are submitted by teams to ChallengePost. You don’t need to finalize your team until project submissions are due during the event. Teams are limited to four people. You may have a one-person team.

Experience + Ideas


Don’t be afraid if you don’t think you have enough experience, a team or an idea. A hackathon is meant for learning. We are going to have experienced mentors to help your team with a range of topics, and workshops on all kinds of skills.

Can I volunteer/mentor?


We would love your help in guiding our hackers! More details will be coming soon about this opportunity.

Who can apply?


Who can apply?” to be “Anyone! If you are under 18, you will need a parent/guardian signature though

Other questions?


Feel free to email us or tweet us @bitcmp

Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our event* are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. We are expecting cooperation from all participants to help ensuring a safe environment for everybody.


tl;dr: Be nice.


The Quick Version

Our event is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital status, physical appearance, veteran status, national origin, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any component of the event venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online mediainteraction. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event at the discretion of the event organizers.

The Less Quick Version

Harassment includes offensive verbal or non-verbal comments or expression related to gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, physical appearance, veteran status, national origin, body size, race, gender identity, marital status, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.


Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualised clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment.


If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event without refund.


If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of event staff immediately. Event staff can be identified as they'll be wearing an item of clothing to be designated at the time of the event. a colored bandanna on their person.


Event staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.


We expect participants to follow these rules at event and workshop venues and event-related social events. We have a zero-tolerance policy on harassment. If you see anything that makes you uncomfortable or that you believe is making other hackers uncomfortable, you should disclose that to the event organizers in a responsible manner.


Credit for this Code of Conduct goes to The Ada Initiative, with the original source being http://2012.jsconf.us/#/about. You can find their unmodified Code of Conduct at http://confcodeofconduct.com/. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

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