Desert Hacks Hackathon to Challenge College Students in February

It’s probably not too much of a stretch to make a connection between a hackathon and life in a desert. In a hackathon, you start with very little—a bleak landscape, if you will—and through creativity, effort, and persistence you grow a sustainable idea. And in the desert… OK, the metaphor is probably clear at this point! So, at Skild, we feel the Desert Hacks hackathon is perfectly named and perfectly placed.


The event was founded at Arizona State University with the stated goal of “building a collaborative and innovative community without boundaries.” To that end, students from across the U.S. will be heading for Phoenix for a weekend of discussing new ideas, building cool projects, connecting with friends (and making new ones), and just having fun. The event is designed to appeal to hackers of all skill levels from beginners to experts, and to people with all types of backgrounds, from those who love to write code to those who enjoy creating or modifying hardware.

February 11-12, 2017, are the dates that a group of 350 undergrads will be invited to participate in the first iteration of Desert Hacks’ 24-hour hackathon. The event will include hands-on workshops, education on the latest technology, and personal coaching from experienced mentors. Any college student who is at least 18 years old is eligible to attend. All that’s required is a valid college ID that you’ll need for admission, a government-issued photo ID for checking out hardware, and a computer for hacking. Toiletries and other basic personal care items are key as well!

About the Hackathon

The event is free, and participants will get food, drinks, and some impressive swag. The hackathon will involve teams of up to four members. No worries if you don’t currently have a team—organizers will be coordinating an event before the hackathon starts where people can get to know each other and form teams organically.

Participants are required to adhere to Major League Hacking’s Code of Conduct, which you should read in advance but that can be summarized as promoting an atmosphere of camaraderie, encouragement, and inclusiveness. Specific details on how the hackathon will unfold will be provided at the event, but you can count on access to cool technology (from Oculus Rifts to Arduinos) and a great environment thanks to sponsors like Galvanize, Intel, GitHub, GoDaddy, and Allstate.

What Will They Dream Up in the Desert?

If you’ve never participated in hackathons, we strongly recommend it. It’s a fantastic way to share your interests, meet great people, and maybe even produce an idea that changes the world. What will these teams dream up in the desert? Our team here at Skild can’t wait to see.