What's a hackathon?
A hackathon brings together tech enthusiasts and professionals from diverse industries to identify and solve problems through technology - usually all in the course of a weekend.
If this your first hackathon, don’t worry! This is a great place to start building. We will have mentors here to help you every step of the way. We will have prizes for newcomers too.
What's the IRL, and why does it need our help?
The Indian River Lagoon is a group of three lagoons on Florida's East coast. As the most biodiverse estuary in North America, it's home to thousands of unique plant, animal and marine life. The IRL is sort of like the ocean's nursery - serving as a spawning ground for hundreds of fish species.
Unfortunately, the IRL is in rough shape. Due to years of pollution, aggressive algal blooms, over-development and the introduction of invasive species, the IRL is no longer the biological powerhouse it once was.
We want to do our part to help save our lagoon, all while doing what we love. Hack the IRL is on an epic quest to help solve some of the biggest environmental, economic and recreational issues facing such an important place.
Sounds cool! How much does admission cost?
Nothin'! Thanks to our industry sponsors, Hack the IRL is completely free.
Nice! But will I need to know how to code?
Nope! Code newbies and seasoned veterans alike are encouraged to join us.
So who can attend?
Anyone is invited! Software developers, designers, and tech warriors of all skill sets, ages and backgrounds are welcome to hack the IRL. If you are a high school student go ahead and apply and we will notify you if any problems arise.
Wait, where will I sleep?
We'll have quiet, dark areas reserved for sleeping, but you're also welcome to crawl into a sleeping bag and crash whenever and wherever your heart desires.
Okay, but what about food?
Don't worry, we've got that covered too. There will be plenty of meals, snacks, and coffee for hungry hackers.
Should I bring anything?
A sleeping bag, your laptop, and any hardware or equipment you may need.
What can I build?
Whatever you can think up! We’ll have mentors to help you with the web, mobile, hardware, design, and any development in between!
How do teams work?
Teams will have a maximum of 4. If you don't have a team, no problem, we will have a mixer to discuss ideas and find a team.