Information: Everything an Attendee Needs to Know


There's a couple forms that anyone accepted to DVHacks is going to have to sign. First off is a waiver of liability. That waiver basically shifts the blame off of us in case some sort of accident happens. Aside from that form, there will be another form that is the Emergency Medical Authorization Form. This form grants us your authorization to use the medical information you provide in case of an emergency that you have. Please note that we will not be allowing anybody who does not fill out these forms to enter DVHacks. There will be no exceptions, so we suggest that you keep your form handy, but we will have some spares at check-in in case you forget.


Who can participate?

Anyone and everyone is welcome to apply to DV Hacks! If you are in high school or above, you are also eligible to become a mentor!

Is this free?

DVHacks is completely free for anybody who wants to attend. Don't worry about financial contribution! All we want from you is you hacking ability to be at its finest, and you to produce the best product you can.

What should I bring?

Regardless of what you plan on doing, we need you to bring any form of ID issued by some sort of infrastructure. That would mean your school ID, driver's license, or bring your passport. For those of you that currently don't have any of that at your disposal, we assume that you are not currently enrolled in college, so a screenshot of your District's student portal, like InfiniteCampus for example, that shows your name and a picture of you should be enough. With that out of the way, we generally recommend bringing a laptop, , earbuds, and a jacket. To help concentrate, we suggest bringing earbuds of some sort. It can also get cold, hence the jacket. For optional items, bring whatever tech you think can help you be more productive when hacking! In addition to that, if you plan on sleeping overnight, we will have a separate area set up for that. To properly take advantage of this, it would be wise to bring a sleeping bag and some toiletries.. There are restrictions on what you can bring/wear stated by our venue, so if you feel that you item is a bit of a risk, fill out the form below with an inquiry, or email so that we aren't on the hook when the event rolls around!

I don't know how to code! What do I do?

Calm down! A lot of people go into hackathons without knowing how to code, and come out with quite a bit of knowledge! When it comes to coding, it's always better to learn hands on. If you have the time, I suggest going to Codecademy for some beginner oriented courses regarding a variety of coding fields, that range from web development to back-end development. In those courses, I consider git and python to be the must-haves, as they have a multitude of uses. For example, I wrote the bot in our discord completely with python! If you want, you can come into the hackathon blind, but it will be considerably harder for you to learn in a shorter period of time, but you can probably still get by! The organizers/mentors will be making rounds throughout the course of the hackathon, and we can offer help if you need it. Even if you can't find a mentor or organizer to help you, your issue can probably be found on stack overflow, or just ask other attendees! With that said, please keep in mind that DVHacks was designed as a competitive environment. Because of that, we are not offering beginner-oriented workshops, such as intro to web development, intro to python, etc. For many hackathons,many attendees complain that the beginner workshops take up space that could've been used by teams to code and just have more space in general. Either way, no matter how experienced you are at coding, we encourage you to come to DVHacks. Plus, we have a special prize for the best beginner hack!

I have food allergies! What do I do?

Don't worry, we got you covered! If you have food limitations of any sort, inform us of that when you are submitting the application. Based on that, we can either order a special variant of the meal that does not interfere with your limitations, or we can provide an alternative for you.

I have further questions

Just fill out the form below to shoot an email to, and we can get back to you with an answer!