Frequently Asked Questions
What is GrizzHacks?

GrizzHacks is the first hackathon held at Oakland University. A hackathon is an opportunity for students to create incredible hardware and software projects from the bottom up in one weekend. A team of passionate sponsors and mentors is brought in to help students achieve their goals. Come join almost 200 students and local industry professionals for 24 hours of learning and technological passion.

Who can participate?

GrizzHacks is open for all undergraduate students and those who have graduated within the last calendar year. You don’t need to be an engineering major; If you have a passion for technology and the drive to change the world, you belong at GrizzHacks. If you are still in high school, contact us for information on how to attend the event.

What if I’m new to this?

While it can be helpful, no previous programming/engineering experience is required at GrizzHacks. We will have presentations from sponsors, and mentors available to help you with your project. Every student who attends a hackathon leaves with a wealth of new knowledge, regardless of what they came with. Bring an open mind and be ready to learn, we’ll help you through the rest.

How much will GrizzHacks cost me?

GrizzHacks is absolutely free! There is no charge for attending GrizzHacks. Food will also be supplied throughout the event. Contact us and stay tuned to this page for information on transportation costs.

How do I get to GrizzHacks?

GrizzHacks will be held at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. If you need help getting from your location to our new Engineering Center, contact us for support. There is an updated map at oakland.edu/map. Stay tuned to this page, or email us for information regarding potential travel reimbursements. More details coming soon!

I don’t have a team or an idea!

Just like having previous knowledge, having a team or an idea is not a requirement either! We will have an opportunity for team building and allow you to meet new people to work with. There will be a number of presentations to help inspire you with an idea, we know you’ll build something great!

How many people can be on my team?

Teams can range from one to four people. You can work with your best friends from class, or with someone you just met during the opening ceremony! Working alone is allowed, but in our experience, a hackathon is always more fun collaborating with someone else.

What should I bring?

The most important items to bring are your laptop, charger, and student ID. If you plan to work on a hardware project, bring any necessary parts as well. GrizzHacks is only 24 hours, but you may want to bring toiletries and a change of clothes. We’ll try to get you anything else!

What about hardware?

GrizzHacks will try our best to give you the hardware to bring your dream to life. If you have your own hardware, we encourage you to bring it with you as well. For more information about hardware that will be available at the event, please contact us.

Can I start my hack before the event?

Students are not allowed to begin progress on their hack before GrizzHacks. However, the use of third-party APIs and libraries is allowed and encouraged. We also encourage you to be familiar with the tools you plan to use at the event, such as a specific programming language, as long as it is not a part of your hack.

How does judging work?

A panel of to-be-determined judges will assess your hacks creativity, difficulty, design, and potential. Ten hacks will be selected for a demo in front of the entire GrizzHacks audience for a final round of judging. Stay tuned to see who our judges are!

I have more questions!

Feel free to reach out to us on the contact form, Twitter, Facebook or email.