FoCS Corporate Connection - Facebook Texas Regional Hackathon

Contact Name: 
Jenna Whitney
Facebook Austin Office
Feb 28, 2014 5:00pm - 11:55pm

Calling all students in the state of Texas- we hope you can join us for the first EVER Texas Regional Hackathon at our Facebook Austin Hackathon!

Please register here to guarantee a spot:

At Facebook, we believe that every engineer has great ideas within them. Hackathons are 24-hours of collaborative computer programming that provide an opportunity for you to bring your product from an idea to a prototype overnight.

Hackathons are often the birthplace of new products such as the social calendar, chat, and HipHop for PHP.

Join the Facebook team as we stay up all night hacking and having a good time. We'll supply the food, fun diversions, prizes every hour on the hour, and some professional guidance. You bring your laptop, appetite, skills and ideas.

Start brainstorming ideas & forming teams (of up to 4 people). If you don't have a team on the day of, we'll help you find one. Make sure to join us for our pre-hackathon workshops for some extra guidance and help to get set up for the big day. More info can be found here:

The winning team will get the chance to defend their title and compete against other winning teams from our worldwide Hackathons at the Hackathon Finals and be judged by our executives- held at FBHQ in November.

Get ready to hack like a champion!

*Note: You must be currently enrolled in a University to attend.

Additional FAQs

Q: What type of things should we build?
A: The world is your oyster- think of something that annoyed you today. Harness that and build your next hack. Disrupting the current industry is highly encouraged, these are the best ideas! 

Q: Does our project have to relate to Facebook?
A: Not at all. But our engineers are best equipped to answer any FB related questions.

Q: Do I have to be on a team? What if I don’t have one?
A: No, but working in teams will typically allow you to get more done in the limited amount of time you'll have. If you don't have a team on the day of, we can help you find or create one.

Q: Can I have a team of more than 4 people?
A: Only four people will be flown out to California for the Hackathon Finals. You can have more than four at your school Hackathon but you’ll only get four airplane tickets.

Q: What language or platform can I use?
A: The choice is yours! As long as you are confident that you can come up with a working prototype by the end of the hackathon, you should be fine.

Q: Will food be provided?
A: It wouldn’t be a Facebook hackathon without food, and lots of it! We’ll also have plenty of caffeine drinks to keep the energy high all night long. 

Q: What should I bring?
A: You should bring yourself, great ideas and a laptop. Pillows, blankets, deodorant and a toothbrush are strongly recommended but optional. 

Q: Who owns the code after we're done?
A: You do! Facebook does not own any of your code. Feel free to open source your code, expand on it, etc. This is a great opportunity to make use of advice from industry experts!

Q: Is it okay to work on a project we've created in the past?
A: Yes, feel free to use an existing project as a starting point, and create something new out of it. You can also come armed with pieces of code you might have worked on in the past and use it to get your project off the ground faster. Be sure to show one of our engineers the work you’ve already completed in the beginning, as we’ll judge your product based on the progress you make during the event.