What's a hackathon?
A hackathon is a 24 hour event where students with similar interests come together to work
project. You can attend workshops, hear from people in the computer science field and
students and reps from companies!
Who can attend?
Female* undergraduates and high schoolers are welcome to attend; we'd love to have any
in helping our cause and any women in the industry to mentor or volunteer!
*trans and non-binary inclusive
What are the rules about high schoolers?
If you're a high schooler who will be at least 17 years old by AthenaHacks, you are invited
AthenaHacks! You will need to have your parent/guardian pick you up for the evening and
you back on Sunday morning, however.
How do I get to USC?
This year we are tentatively sending buses to UCLA, UC Berkeley (first time to the bay area!!), UCI, Cal Poly SLO, UCR and the Claremont Colleges (Pomona, Scripps, CMC, Harvey Mudd and Pitzer)! More details will be coming soon so keep a look
out. Registering for a spot on a bus will happen after application acceptances go out.
Do I need to be a CS major or minor?
No! This is the perfect place for any student to create their first coding project. We'll
of resources for beginners to get started!
How do I apply?
Applications for hackers, mentors and volunteers are now open and can be found by clicking
buttons at the top of our page! All apps close March 18th.
Does this cost money?
Nope! Admission is free and covers overnight stay, food, all the snacks you could ever
want, and of
course, our sponsors and AthenaHacks will provide you with the free swag!!
What about travel reimbursements?
Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide travel reimbursements this year. Sorry for
How do teams work?
At most teams can have 4 people. You can have your teammates in mind before the event, or
find a team during our team formation activity before and after opening ceremony!
Will there be hardware available?
Yes! Hardware will be provided by MLH.
Where do I sleep?
If hacking all night isn't your way to go, we'll have places provided for you to catch a
What should I bring?
Remember to bring a valid student ID for admission and anything you need to hack away!
Is there a code of conduct?
Yes, we want to make AthenaHacks enjoyable for everyone! You can find the code of conduct
Can I mentor or volunteer?
Yes! We welcome all regardless of gender who want to help. We appreciate all who want to
support our cause. Mentors help hackers during the event
with any technical questions they might have. Volunteers support the organizing team during
the hackathon with various
tasks. Links for both apps are at the top of the page.