Hi, Welcome to hack.init()!

hack.init() is China's premier youth hackathon that promotes inclusivity and cultural diversity. As a rare hackathon open to high schoolers, we are bringing together 300 brightest minds across the country to Shanghai for a 24-hour, nonstop feast of creativity, collaboration, and rapid learning. Unlike traditional hackathons, hack.init() pays special attention to local high school students, international high school students and university freshmen.

This year, we are emphasizing on cultural diversity and fusion. We will aim for a 1-to-1 gender ratio. Additionally, by expanding the range of eligible students to undergraduate freshmen, we are emphasizing in the word "Fusion", where high school students and university undergrads can team up to tackle issues at hand and create feasible solutions.

300

Hackers

16-21

Age Range

24

Hours

Frequently Asked Questions

hack.init() is China's premier youth hackathon and the first hackathon that promotes inclusivity and cultural diversity. We are bringing together 300 brightest minds across the country to Shanghai for a 24-hour, nonstop feast of creativity, collaboration, and rapid learning.
Nada. Zip. Zero. Zilch. We'll provide you with a weekend's worth of swag, meals, drinks, and snacks and a place to crash when you need a break from coding. In fact, we'll even reimburse your travel.
Anyone within 16-21 years old are welcome to participate, whether you are currently enrolled in high school, university or dropped out. For those who are over the age limit, you are still encouraged to apply to be considered for our Invitational that runs simultaneously with our main event. Our VC and incubator partners will pay more attention to your work!
Unfortunately, due to legal restrictions, we are unable to host minors less than 16 years old. However, feel free to come to our expo on July 9 to check out awesome projects built by others during the hackathon.
Have no fear - hack.init() is, first and foremost, a fun learning experience! We will have beginner workshops held by industry professionals in design, mobile applications, web, hardware, AI, VR and more! Once you are accepted, you will have the opportunity to come to over 10 workshops before and at the hackathon to better prepare yourself.
For Shanghai hackers, you can get to ShanghaiTech University easily by public transportation which will not be reimbursed. We do provide travel reimbursement to non-Shanghai hackers. More information will be available to you once accepted.
hack.init() will commence at 8 am, July 8 and last until 4:30 pm, July 9. More detailed schedule will be available closer to event date.
Of course! We will have designated resting area and shower time scheduled during our event. You can also enjoy the clean air in Pudong Suburban area by jogging around the campus!
Bring your government-issued ID for entrance and to borrow hardware from our rental booth. You’ll also need your laptop and charger for hacking, a blanket or a sleeping bag for resting, and toiletries for hygiene.
Teams are at most 4 people for our main event and at most 5 people for the invitational. You can select teammates when you register, or you can register individually without specified teammates. If you wish to join or start a team after you submit your application, please contact us. Otherwise, we will have team building opportunity.
Teams competing in our main event must satisfy the condition that at least 75% of team member is between age 16 and 21 on July 8, 2017. Teams competing in the invitational do not have age restriction and there can be up to 5 member per team. Our incubators and venture capital partners will be focused on the invitational event more, though teams competing in the invitational are not eligible for main event prizes.
No problem! Email us anytime at contact@hackinit.org.