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. 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 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.
No problem! Email us anytime at contact@hackinit.org.

Schedule

Saturday
TimeEvent
8:00 - 9:30Participant Check-In
9:30 - 10:55Opening Ceremony
10:50 - 11:30Team Up Session & Ice Breaker
11:30 - Hacking On
12:00 - 14:00Intro to Project ManagementMicrochip Hardware Workshop
12:45 - 14:45Lunch Served
14:15 - 16:15Intro to Web Front-End DevIntro to Google Cloud Platform
16:30 - 18:30Intro to Machine LearningIntro to Django
18:00 - 20:00Dinner Served
23:30 - Late Night Snacks
23:00 - 6:00 (Sunday)Participants Are Not Allowed to Leave the Hacking Area
Sunday
TimeEvent
8:30 - 9:30Breakfast Served
9:15 - 11:15Intro to HACKx Platform
10:00 - 11:00Women Hacker Meetup
12:00 - 13:30Lunch Served
11:30 - Hacking Stop; Project Submission Due
11:30 - 12:00Recession
12:00 - 12:40Expo Session 1
12:50 - 13:30Expo Session 2
14:00 - 15:30Top 10 Demo
15:40 - 16:40Closing Ceremony
16:30 - 18:00Clean-Up
17:00 - Non-ShanghaiTech Students Must Leave the Campus