Frequently Asked Questions

Is MinneHack an in-person event this year?

No. MinneHack is now a virtual event due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

Can we still win stuff?

Yes! We will ship prizes directly to your home, albeit to the continental United States only.

Will we get swag or t-shirts for participating?

No, sorry. If you're a UMNTC student, maybe drop on by the ACM room sometime after the pandemic?

How does topic selection work?

The topic selection process involves the MinneHack staff and MinneHack sponsors. The chosen topic will remain secret until it is announced during the keynote speech.

How does team formation work?

There is no formal team formation process. Teams can be formed ahead of time or during the event; no formal ahead-of-time team registration is required. In the Discord server set up for the event, there will be a team formation channel to allow people who want teams or team members to find them.

What type of project deliverable is expected? Is the deliverable a presentation about what you built, or is is just the thing that you built?

Your deliverable should be a video demo of your project, submitted to DevPost. You should additionally have a "write up" explaining your project, and if possible, some kind of access to the project (a web link, app binaries, etc) that the judges can evaluate independently.

Will there be multiple categories for prizes?

Yes! They will be announced at the event.

Is there a maximum team size?

Yes: 4. We think this is a sane limit, and also happens to be how many of each prize we are buying!

Will the size of the team be considered (higher expectations for bigger teams)?

No. Furthermore, each team member receives the same prize an individual would if the team wins. Last year, the first, second, and third place competitors were all teams, so I'd advise teaming up!

Your website says come with ideas. Is there a general topic or theme, or is it anything?

There is a general topic, it will remain secret until it is announced during the keynote speech. However, it is generally helpful to come with ideas of what you might like to do. Note that only work done during the event is eligible to be judged and win prizes.

Is there a list of people who are looking for teammates, or any sort of built-in pairing mechanism?

There is not a list of people who are looking for teammates or any built in pairing mechanism. However, we will have a Discord server set up for the event with a channel specifically for people looking for teams or teammates.

Have more questions?

Reach us directly by email at acm@umn.edu!