The CS50 Hackathon is an epic all-nighter in the HBS Hives atop the i-lab at 125 Western Avenue during which you can dive into your final project’s implementation alongside classmates and staff. If you choose to partake, you’ll be asked to propose three milestones for yourself that evening: a "good" one that you intend to achieve no matter what; a "better" one that you think you can achieve; and a "best" one that you hope to achieve. Felipe’s will be served around 9pm; Dominos will be served around 1am; and those still standing at 5am will be treated to breakfast at IHOP. Snacks and drinks will be served throughout the evening.

Space is limited, so attendance is lotteried. If you RSVPed for a spot at this year’s Hackathon, you should have heard from the CS50 Bot already as to whether you have a spot or were waitlisted. If not, email heads@cs50.harvard.edu to inquire.

Space at IHOP is even more limited, so attendance at breakfast may be lotteried separately, depending on how many classmates are still awake at 5am!

When to get there

So that check-in isn’t overwhelmed (and you aren’t stuck waiting in line), do arrive at the HBS Hives per the times below (unless you’ve been confirmed by the CS50 Bot for late arrival, in which case just arrive asap). If you can’t make your prescribed time or if you want to travel with your partner(s), that’s fine; just let heads@cs50.harvard.edu know in advance so we know when to expect you.

If your LAST name starts with… arrive at HBS Hives at…

A – G

7:00pm

H – N

7:15pm

O – Z

7:30pm

How to get there

  • If walking from, say, Out of Town News, follow this route. Odds are the walk will take 20 minutes.

  • If taking the shuttle, take the Allston Express to the i-lab (which is where the HBS Hives are), per the schedule for the Allston Campus Express PM; consult the column called Hi Lab. Those are regularly scheduled shuttles, not CS50 Shuttles, so space will be limited. Odds are the trip will take 10+ minutes.

  • If driving, drive to 125 Western Avenue in Allston (aka Boston). Metered parking is available behind the i-lab, in the lot whose entrance is on Western Avenue itself.

If you find yourself lost, call 617-BUG-CS50, option 4, and tell us what you see around you!

What to bring

You must bring…

  • Harvard ID (unless you don’t have one, in which case bring a printout of the CS50 Bot’s confirmation of your spot)

  • Laptop (that supports Wi-Fi) plus power adapter

You might also want to bring…

  • Blanket; pillow

  • Camera

  • Contact lens case/solution; eyeglasses

  • Headphones; iPod

  • Phone with charger

  • Sweater/sweatshirt

  • Water bottle

You may not bring…

  • Alcohol, etc.

Chat Rooms

To chat with classmates during the Hackathon, visit cs50.harvard.edu/chat. If informed that "account has already been created using that email address," visit hackathon50.hipchat.com/chat to sign in instead. Click Launch the web app once signed in if prompted.

To get someone’s attention in a chat room, type @ and then their name (assuming they’ve logged in too).

If you forget your password, visit hipchat.com/forgot_password.

Live Stream

To see what’s going on elsewhere at the Hackathon, tune into live.cs50.net from time to time.

FAQs

Can I attend?

Space is limited, so attendance is lotteried. If you registered for a spot at this year’s Hackathon, you should have heard from the CS50 Bot by Tue 12/2 as to whether you have a spot! If not, email heads@cs50.harvard.edu to inquire.

Can I arrive late?

Yes, but only if you receive an email from the CS50 Bot confirming a "late arrival" for you. (Space is limited, so we try to give preference to those who can partake for the entire time.)

Can I leave early?

If you really, really want to, yes. If you leave before 3am, call the Evening Van Service at 617-495-0400 before 2:30am to arrange for pick-up. If you leave between 3am and 5am, best to use Uber or call 617-782-5500 for a taxi. If leaving on foot, be sure to walk with multiple friends.

Can I go to IHOP?

Space at IHOP is even more limited than the Hackathon itself, so attendance at breakfast may be lotteried separately, depending on how many classmates are still awake at 5am!

Please forgive if we can’t accommodate everyone who’d like to go!

What if I can’t attend after all?

If the CS50 Bot confirmed your spot but you can no longer attend, please email heads@cs50.harvard.edu right away so that we can give your spot to someone who’s waitlisted.

What if my partner was waitlisted but I wasn’t?

When does it end?

By 5am for folks who’re sleepy and by 7am for folks who’re awake (and hungry!) for IHOP, though attendance at breakfast may be lotteried.

When does it start?

Around 7pm, but do check when to get there.

Will there be food and drinks?

Yes! But we’re essentially maxing out the capacities of Felipe’s and Dominos, so do be gentle with quantities.

Will there be gluten-free food?

Some, yes. It’ll be set aside, so just check with Daven as to where it is. If you have trouble finding Daven, call 617-BUG-CS50, option 4, to reach another of the course’s heads!

Will there be shuttles?

If, because of mobility impairment or medical condition, you find it difficult or impossible to use Harvard’s shuttles, do contact the Evening Van Service in advance of the Hackathon to make arrangements to and from the Hackathon. Just let heads@cs50.harvard.edu know if you need a hand.

To the Hackathon?

Yes, via regularly scheduled shuttles. But space will be limited, so it’s probably best to walk to the Hackathon instead with friends.

With that said, you can take the Allston Express to the i-lab (which is where the HBS Hives are), per the schedule for the Allston Campus Express PM; consult the column called Hi Lab. Those are regularly scheduled shuttles, not CS50 Shuttles, so space will be limited. Odds are the trip will take 10+ minutes.

From the Hackathon?

Yes, via chartered CS50 Shuttles. Some of the shuttles will head to IHOP around 5am, depending on how many classmates are (still!) hungry, and some shuttles will head to the River houses, Yard, and Quad.

With that said, space will still be limited, even though we’ve literally reserved every shuttle that Harvard owns! So the shuttles destined for the River houses, Yard, and Quad might make multiple loops, in which case there might be a bit of a wait. But you’re welcome to walk home with friends if you’d rather not wait!

Please forgive, especially if weary or grumpy at that hour, if we can’t quite fit everyone into shuttles all at once!

Will there be office hours?

Yes, but one-on-one help will be limited, as a goal of the Hackathon is to remove the last of CS50’s training wheels! TFs and CAs will be present for guidance, but they’ll also be working on projects of their own!

If really in need of help, though, look for staff by the stairs where you checked in!

Will there be Wi-Fi?

Yes. But best to download anything big (e.g., software, movies, etc.) beforehand, lest Wi-Fi at HBS be a bit slow with so many people on it!

Will there be a live video stream?

Yes, periodically throughout the evening. Head to https://live.cs50.net/ during the Hackathon if you’d like to see what’s going on outside of your hive!