February 15-16, 2020

Chestnut Hill, MA

The Liberal Arts hackathon, hosted by Boston College.
Join us for an unforgettable experience!




We are excited to introduce Boston College's fourth overnight hackathon! Hack the Heights will feature technical workshops, tech talks, corporate sponsors, and prizes for beginners and seasoned hackers alike. The event kicks off at 12:00 AM on Saturday, February 15 and concludes on Sunday, February 16.

Win Prizes

Build Awesome Projects

Meet Sponsors


What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an invention marathon. Programmers, designers, builders and more come together to learn, build, and share their creations over the course of a few days. Hackathons are not limited to computer science majors β€” anyone who has an interest in technology and is eager to learn can participate in a hackathon. Not to be confused with illegal and unauthorized programming, "hacking" in this context means quickly and intelligently creating a real application that others can use.

Does it cost anything?

A hackathon is completely free! In fact, all meals will be provided, and you'll be sure to walk out of the weekend with plenty of swag from our sponsors.

Do I have to stay overnight?

Stokes will be open overnight for hacking, but you are not required to stay overnight. Feel free to ask a BC student for accommodation!

I'm new to hackathons, can I still come?

Yes! This event is open to students of all levels and backgrounds. Students new to programming are encouraged to come, hone their skills, and learn something new.

I've never seen a computer in my life... what can I even do at a hackathon?

While most participants will have some level of programming ability, people of all backgrounds can contribute. This includes designers, entrepreneurs, and beginners looking to learn.

Am I allowed to work on a pre-existing project?

While you are allowed to work on an existing project, you are encouraged to begin something new the day of the event. Rapid innovation is in the spirit of a hackathon, and only new hacks will be considered for prizes.

Sooo... who decides the winners?

Judges from BC and our sponsors will determine prize winners based on the criteria of creativity, complexity, and utility of your hack.

Oh yeah... I don't go to BC, do I need to be a Boston College student to attend?

Nope! We welcome students from all universities. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accomodate high school students this year.

Are there any rules?

We want to ensure a positive experience for all participants. We encourage you to read the MLH Code of Conduct.


If you'd like to sponsor this event, please contact our Sponsorship Coordinator, Talia Kaplanian: kaplania@bc.edu