We are HackMIT, MIT’s headline hackathon. AUA!
Hey Reddit! We are the organizing team behind HackMIT, a hackathon in September where over 1,000 university students team up and work on software and hardware projects for 24 hours in an arena on MIT campus.
Projects range from practical to punny (to both), but we don't impose any rules on what you can make, besides that you can't start before you get here. Notable past projects include indico, Lean0nMe, and Naptha.
In addition to cool hacker projects, our organizing team has developed some cool software to make the event better. These projects include a mentorship queue, a pairwise-comparison-based judging system, and a registration system. You can learn more about these and other projects at http://code.hackmit.org.
In order to make this whole event happen, a team of around 20 MIT students work from May to November on the logistics, sponsorship, marketing, and both internal-facing and external-facing software development for the event. You can read more behind-the-scenes things at https://medium.com/hackmit-stories.
Ask us anything about HackMIT itself, what it's like to organize it, and about our open-source software!
Edit: We've now got to sign off. Thank you so much for a great AMA!