September 14 – 16, 2018 FIU – Miami, Florida


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

A hackathon is an event where students of all academic backgrounds and skill levels come together to solve problems by using technology.

Students form groups and create projects that tackle these challenges, all while attending workshops to develop new skills, receiving mentorship from industry leaders, and networking with recruiters from top companies.

Our theme focuses on diversity, and not just from an academic standpoint. Miami is a cultural melting pot full of people from all walks of life, with FIU being no exception.

If you're a current college/university student or a recent graduate (up to 1 year), you're more than welcome to attend! The event is open to students of all academic backgrounds and skill levels, so whether you’re an aspiring artist or an expert engineer, there’s a place for you at ShellHacks.

Don't worry, one of the core principles of a hackathon is learning! There'll be several workshops throughout the event, ranging from beginner to advanced, so there's always something new to learn.

There will be food. Lots of food. LOTS. Miami's food scene is diverse, so there’s always something for everyone. We’ll do our best to accommodate for any dietary restriction as well, just make sure to let us know come registration time.

There’s also coffee, energy drinks, and tea if you want to keep it classy.

Nope. You can go solo, come with your own team (no more than 4), or participate in a group mixer we'll have before hacking begins to find a group.

Can you afford FREE?! The event is entirely free for attendees, so the only thing you need to worry about is learning, developing cool projects, and enjoying the event!

There will be travel reimbursement available with the following stipulations:

  1. Up to $60 in gas dependent on mileage
  2. Must not be coming from a school which has a bus (unless the bus is filled)
  3. All cars must be filled with a minimum of 4 passengers
  4. All passengers must be attending the hackathon

We will be sending information on how to claim the reimbursement at a later date, so please keep hold of your receipts!

Just click the big "Register Now" button up top. Make sure you check your email too since we'll be having your verify your email address and sending acceptances through there too!

Well, it started off as a joke about what a turtle-themed hackathon would be called. Later on, we actually started thinking about organizing a hackathon, but instead of turtles, we decided to focus on diversity in Miami. Since the city has an abundance of seashells on its beaches, the name stuck.

It's also a play on words about computer shells, but that’s just to draw attention away from all the turtle puns.

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ShellHacks is organized by Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), the largest student organization for technology at FIU, with support from companies, academic programs, and student organizations.

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