The CS50 Hackathon is an epic all-nighter in the HBS Hives atop the i-lab in Batten Hall at 125 Western Avenue during which you can dive into your final project’s implementation alongside classmates and staff. If you choose to partake, you’ll be asked to propose three milestones for yourself that evening: a “good” one that you intend to achieve no matter what; a “better” one that you think you can achieve; and a “best” one that you hope to achieve. Felipe’s will be served around 9pm; Domino’s will be served around 1am; and those still awake at 5am will be treated to breakfast at IHOP. Snacks and drinks will be served throughout the evening. Gluten-free and vegetarian options will also be available.
Space is limited, so attendance is lotteried. If you RSVPed for a spot at this year’s Hackathon, you should have heard from the CS50 Bot already as to whether you have a spot or were waitlisted. If not, email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
Space at IHOP is even more limited, so attendance at breakfast may be lotteried separately, depending on how many classmates are still awake at 5am!
When to get there¶
So that check-in isn’t overwhelmed (and you aren’t stuck waiting in line!), do arrive at the HBS Hives per the times below (unless you’ve been confirmed by the CS50 Bot for late arrival, in which case just arrive asap). If you can’t make your prescribed time or if you want to travel with your partner(s), that’s fine; just let email@example.com know in advance so we know when to expect you.
|If your LAST name starts with...||arrive at HBS Hives at...|
|A – G||7:00pm|
|H – N||7:15pm|
|O – Z||7:30pm|
So that we arrive in time for Hackathon’s start, please meet outside Arthur K. Watson at 51 Prospect Street by 3:45pm or 5:15pm (depending on your assigned bus) on Thu 11/30. You will be asked to fill out a brief waiver form before boarding the charter buses, which are scheduled for prompt 4pm and 5:30pm departures. The 4pm bus (but not the 5:30pm bus) should have outlets and Wi-Fi, though best to charge all gear and download all files ahead of time, just in case. In addition, food will not be served until 9pm or so at the Hackathon, so best to order a bag lunch or bring other snacks with you for the ride. Finally, a reminder that if you take a bus to Harvard with us, you must return to Yale with us.
How to get there¶
- If walking from, say, Out of Town News, follow this route. Odds are the walk will take 20+ minutes.
- If taking the shuttle, take the Allston Express to the i-lab (which is where the HBS Hives are), per the schedule for the Allston Campus Express PM; consult the column called i Lab Western Ave. Those are regularly scheduled shuttles, not CS50 Shuttles, so space will be limited. Odds are the trip will take 10+ minutes.
- If driving, drive to 125 Western Avenue in Allston (aka Boston). Metered parking is available behind the i-lab, in the lot whose entrance is on Western Avenue itself.
If you find yourself lost, call or text the course’s heads at 617-657-CS50 (2750) and tell us what you see around you!
What to bring¶
You must bring…¶
- Harvard ID or Yale ID (unless you don’t have one, in which case bring a printout of the CS50 Bot’s confirmation of your spot)
- Laptop (that supports Wi-Fi) plus power adapter
You might also want to bring…¶
- Blanket; pillow
- Contact lens case/solution; eyeglasses
- Phone with charger
- Water bottle
You may not bring…¶
- Alcohol, etc.
To chat with classmates during the Hackathon, visit cs50.ly/slack and join (or create) any channels of interest. If prompted, enable “desktop notifications.”
- To create a new channel, click ⊕ to the right of CHANNELS at top-left.
- To message everyone within a channel, start your message with
- To get someone’s attention in a chat room, type
@and then their name (assuming they’ve logged in too).
Can I attend?¶
Space is limited, so attendance is lotteried. If you registered for a spot at this year’s Hackathon, you should have heard from the CS50 Bot as to whether you have a spot! If not, email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
Can I arrive late?¶
Yes, but only if you receive an email from the CS50 Bot or one of the course’s heads confirming a “late arrival” for you. (Space is limited, so we try to give preference to those who can partake for the entire time.)
Can I leave early?¶
If you really, really want to, yes. If you leave before 3am, call the Evening Van Service at 617-495-0400 before 2:30am to arrange for pick-up. If you leave between 3am and 5am, best to use Lyft or Uber or call 617-782-5500 for a taxi. If leaving on foot, be sure to walk with multiple friends.
Afraid the buses won’t be leaving until 5am! And if you take a bus from New Haven to Cambridge, you must return to New Haven on the bus; afraid it’s not allowed to stay behind in Cambridge.
Can I go to IHOP?¶
Space at IHOP is even more limited than the Hackathon itself, so attendance at breakfast may be lotteried separately, depending on how many classmates are still awake at 5am!
Please forgive if we can’t accommodate everyone who’d like to go!
How do I check in upon arrival?¶
First visit the check-in tables in the ground-floor lobby. Then complete your check-in at cs50.ly/checkin.
What if I can’t attend after all?¶
If the CS50 Bot confirmed your spot but you can no longer attend, please email email@example.com right away so that we can give your spot to someone who might be waitlisted.
When does it end?¶
By 5am for folks who’re sleepy and by 7am for folks who’re awake (and hungry!) for IHOP, though attendance at breakfast might be lotteried.
Will there be food and drinks?¶
Yes! With so many folks in attendance, though, do try to be gentle with quantities.
Will there be gluten-free food?¶
Some, yes. It’ll be set aside, so just check with the staff as to where it is.
Will there be shuttles?¶
If, because of mobility impairment or medical condition, you find it difficult or impossible to use Harvard’s shuttles, do contact the Evening Van Service in advance of the Hackathon to make arrangements to and from the Hackathon. Just let firstname.lastname@example.org know if you need assistance.
To the Hackathon?¶
Yes, via regularly scheduled shuttles. But space will be limited, so it’s probably best to walk to the Hackathon instead with friends.
With that said, you can take the Allston Express to the i-lab (which is where the HBS Hives are), per the schedule for the Allston Campus Express PM; consult the column called i Lab Western Ave. Those are regularly scheduled shuttles, not CS50 Shuttles, so space will be limited. Odds are the trip will take 10+ minutes.
From the Hackathon?¶
Yes, via chartered CS50 Shuttles. Some of the shuttles will head to IHOP around 5am, depending on how many classmates are (still!) hungry, and some shuttles will head to the River houses, Yard, and Quad.
With that said, space will still be limited, even though we’ve literally reserved every shuttle that Harvard owns! So the shuttles destined for the River houses, Yard, and Quad might make multiple loops, in which case there might be a bit of a wait. But you’re welcome to walk home with friends if you’d rather not wait!
Please forgive, especially if weary or grumpy at that hour, if we can’t quite fit everyone into shuttles all at once!
Will there be office hours?¶
Yes, but one-on-one help will be limited, as a goal of the Hackathon is to remove the last of CS50’s training wheels! TFs, TAs, and CAs will be present for guidance, but they’ll also be working on projects of their own!
If really in need of help, though, look for staff by the stairs where you checked in!
Will there be gluten-free and vegetarian food?¶
Yes! There will be gluten-free and vegetarian options from Felipe’s and Domino’s in addition to fruit and veggies.
Will there be Wi-Fi?¶
Yes. Connect to HBSGUEST or Harvard University. But best to download anything big (e.g., software, movies, etc.) beforehand, lest Wi-Fi at HBS be a bit slow with so many people on it!