Questions and Answers
how many people can be in a team? What if i don't have a team yet?
Teams must consist between four to six people. The best way to find a team is to join the HardHack Facebook Group where there will be opportunities to meet with like-minded competitors in the lead up to HardHack. Teams with less than the minimum will be asked to merge before the competition.
I HAVE NEVER BEEN TO A HACKATHON BEFORE, IS THAT FINE? WHAT IF I'M A FIRST OR SECOND YEAR STUDENT?
Absolutely! HardHack is a great opportunity to explore your interests beyond the scope of your university degree in a practical-skill environment. We encourage every student to participate in HardHack. However, we only recommend HardHack to students who have begun third year engineering units.
can I bring my own components
Yes, you are able to bring own additional components if you wish to. There are two types of components you may bring in, tools and components. Tools include things such as multimeters, screwdrivers and adapters or cables. This means they will not be a part of the final device. Meanwhile, components, are things that will be a part of your hardware device, such as buttons, lights and any sensors purchased externally. Any components must be declared before the competition in this form , and advantages provided from components will be considered in the overall marking of the device. There are limits to components you can bring in so please view the rules .
Can I get my models 3d printed/laser cut?
Yes, within reason. Teams will have the opportunity to have certain components laser cut or 3D printed prior to the event. These components must be sent to SMEE and approved, and will not be accessible to teams before the day of the competition. All submissions must be received before the 20th of April, 5pm.
Who can compete at HardHack? What if i'm not from Monash University?
HardHack is open to all undergraduate students who study at Monash University (across all campuses, including students from Malaysia). The only requirement is that you must be an enrolled student when HardHack starts. We reserve the right to cancel your registration if you do not meet the requirements above. HardHack is an event exclusive to Monash undergraduate students from all faculties.
Can we work on our existing projects or ideas beforehand?
No. You are not allowed to start any development or design work on your project before HardHack. This includes code, graphics, sounds. We want to see new ideas and concepts that you and your team can come up within 24 hours. However, you can research on ideas and concepts before the competition begins.
WHAT should i bring to the event?
You are allowed to bring your laptop, mobile phone and any form of charger.
Can i drink alcohol at the event?
No, alcohol will not be permitted at HardHack and any students who are caught with alcohol at the venue will be asked to leave. This is for safety purposes as there will be soldering irons, power supplies and many more equipment that we do not recommend using while intoxicated.
If you have any additional questions not answered above, please contact us .