Applications are open for the 2022 ‘SpartaHack’ hackathon
Applications are now open for the Michigan State University Hackathon, SpartaHack VII.
SpartaHack is a 36-hour hackathon and competition where students from all backgrounds and backgrounds are invited to spend a weekend creating a project, showcasing talent, and sharing an interest in coding. .
“The best way to describe it is that it’s an innovation marathon,” said Annie Hoang-Pham, SpartaHack’s director of communications and marketing and head of human biology. “You are facing a lot of problems and how are you going to solve it in 36 hours? It’s a really cool weekend. (10:22)
Anyone who is currently a student or graduated within the last 12 months is eligible for SpartaHack. This includes graduate students, undergraduates, and high school students from all fields of study.
Program experience is not required for the event. In fact, SpartaHack organizers are encouraging anyone interested in programming to use the event as an opportunity to try it out.
“It’s a really good event just for someone to check if tech is the right interest for them, because I’m sure there are hundreds of students at MSU who feel like they’re not in the right major, and it could be a possibility for them to find other paths after graduation,” Hoang-Pham said. (9:46)
In order to help those with minimal programming experience and allow others to learn even more, SpartaHack will provide workshops and mentors to help students grow in their programming. The material will also be provided to anyone who needs it.
In addition to the opportunity to explore programming, the event gives students the opportunity to network and make industry connections through SpartaHack sponsors.
Currently, SpartaHack is sponsored by Ford, Kellog’s, MSU IT, TwilioQuest, MSU Federal Credit Union, and E.&J. Cave Gallo.
“We expose you to companies that are deliberately looking for talent,” said Morgan Sandler, chief technology officer and master’s student in computer science at SpartaHack. “They come to SpartaHack, they sponsor SpartaHack with the goal that we have all of this talent in the state of Michigan and that talent eventually goes into industry or academia. This is their chance to be exposed to us and us to them.” (5:01)
Entrants are encouraged to use SpartaHack to build whatever they want, with most choosing to learn something new and others choosing to build something more challenging.
Although given complete creative freedom, students are encouraged to use the event to work on solving a real-world problem.
“There are these big open issues in technology and society,” Sandler said. “The essence of hackathons, yes, you have these benefits of learning and meeting people, but the bottom line is that we’re heading in this direction of the future and the future has a lot of issues and we’re all here to reflect and use our collective thinking to solve them.”
Prizes and monetary incentives will be offered to students who solve challenges.
SpartaHack VII will be held at Wells Hall from April 8-10. Food and accommodation will be provided free of charge to participants.
“We take care of all your essential needs and all you have to do is just be open to innovation,” Sandler said. (4:44)
Students are encouraged to register for the event using the app on the SpartaHack website.
“I know applying is a scary word for a lot of people, especially someone who doesn’t have experience in hackathons, but it’s really simple,” Hoang-Pham said. “If you go to our website, all you have to do is fill in some personal information about yourself and your CV and as long as you meet your criteria, and the only criteria is that you are a student or have graduated within the last 12 months, you are going to be approved immediately (11:47)
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