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WHEN: TBDWHERE: C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center, Ferndale Community (Little Rock), 72223TIME: 9:00 a.m. Saturday – 2:00 p.m. SundayWHO: High School Students, Grades 9 – 12COST: FREE!AWARDS: Categories include: Best Overall Hack, Best Presentation, Most Useful, Most Innovative
RockCity Hacks is a hackathon at the C.A. Vines 4-H Center, where you will have 24
hours to learn how to code and/or work with your friends to make your idea come to
Whether you're just getting started with coding or have been doing it for a few years,
RockCity Hacks will be a great place to better your skills and have a lot of fun doing
it! RockCity Hacks is focused on programming education, so we'll do our best to make
sure you don't feel intimidated or overwhelmed by what's going on.
A hackathon is a 24-hour technology-focused event in which a team of students get
together and create a “hack” to a use case. A hack could be anything… a website, an
app, a robot, or any other invention. During the event students learn, build, and
share their creations, while getting to network and socialize with other students.
Any student in grades 9-12 can attend this event. No experience required! A hackathon
is not limited to coders and computer scientists: anyone with a passion to learn is
welcome. We encourage students of all academic backgrounds to participate. Each team
must have at least one adult chaperone.
More details coming soon...
The minimum number of people per team is 2 and the maximum is 4. Each team must have
at least one adult chaperone. If you are coming to the hackathon without a team, we
will have time for you to find a group. If your team is too large, we require that
you split your team.
Teams of up to 4 people are highly encouraged, though not mandatory. If you don't
have a team beforehand, it is a good idea to join our Slack channel. In addition to
all the important announcements and information about the event, you'll be able to
find others to guide you through the hackathon process and hopefully help you develop
something awesome. A link to join the Slack channel will be emailed to the email address
you provided on the registration form.
Of course! There will be awards for each individual in a team (a max of 4 people).
We hope to emphasize learning and collaboration more so than competition - nonetheless,
there will be awesome awards to be won for some the most interesting hacks made during
Yes, it is possible, but unlikely. We recommend focusing on a single category to increase
the likelihood of winning an award.
Of course not! We welcome hackers of all experience levels. We will have some workshops
to help you get started coding, and not everyone has to work on the software aspect
of a product. Every product has many different aspects to it, and coding is just one.
Don’t worry if you don’t know how to code, you can ask any of our staff, and they
will be willing to help!
We will be providing you with food for the two days (Lunch and Supper on Day 1, and
Breakfast and Lunch on Day 2). There will also be snacks and drinks for you to enjoy
throughout the hackathon. There will be a room for you to sleep in at night as well.
Electrical outlets will be available throughout the venue for all your charging needs.
We will have a limited number of laptops available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
If you wish to participate, you should bring your own laptop, a sleeping bag, pillow,
toiletries, necessary chargers, and a change of clothes. You may also bring your
own phone. If you plan on using hardware in your hack, bring whatever you need.
RockCity Hacks is a completely free event! Participants receive free food, swag, awards
Please see the RCH Code of Conduct.
Yes, all participants must stay overnight at the event. Make sure to pack a sleeping
Yes, you can sleep. We will have sleeping rooms available for you to catch some Z’s.
We recommend you bring a sleeping bag.
Yes, Each team must have at least one adult chaperone and there will be faculty and
staff from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture on site and many
parent volunteers supervising the kids. We will have a nurse on site during the event.
We'll handle the food for the event, so no need to bring any money for meals.
We want participants to be comfortable. The dress code for the hackathon is casual,
and moderation in type and style of clothing should be the basic standard. The following
clothing items are not permitted:
We recommend that you bring a change of clothes with you for the 24-hour period, along
with basic hygiene products.
Don’t worry about this, we will do our best to accommodate any dietary restrictions.
Be sure to include any dietary restrictions when you complete the registration form.
Check back soon for registration.Each participant will need to register individually.
Have more questions? If your question is not listed, shoot us an email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.