EnergyHack FAQs


  • Can I participate in the EnergyHack?

If you are at least 18 years old and are a college (undergraduate or graduate) student, you can attend.  Just don't forget to register!

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  • Does the EnergyHack cost money to participate in?

Nope!  Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, the event is free for all participants. 

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  • How long will registration be open?

Registration is open until October 12th, 2018 for students outside of MA and October 26th, 2018 for students in MA.  

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  • How do I register for the EnergyHack?

Visit our registration page HERE.  

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  • How do I form a team?

Teams can be formed with up to 10 people. Don’t worry if you do not have a team before the event. There will be time to meet fellow hackers and form teams Friday night.

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  • Will I need to pay for food?

All meals will be provided for attendees free of charge.

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  • I’m traveling from outside the Boston area, what accommodations will you provide?

If you have indicated to us that you need housing, we will match you with a student host at MIT for the duration of the event. Please try to find a friend to host you, as we do not have the capabilities to host a lot of people.

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  • Where exactly will the EnergyHack take place?

The event will take place in the Stata Center and the Stratton center. A booklet with details on the event will be provided at registration.

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  • When do I arrive and leave?

Registration begins Friday, November 2 at 5 PM. The announcement of winners will occur in the early afternoon on Sunday, November 4.

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  • If I'm interested in sponsorship, where should I go?

You can go visit our sponsorship page HERE to find out more, or can contact our team directly HERE.

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  • If I win a prize, what do I need to do before I can receive the money?

Equal shares of any prize money won will be paid to each individual on a winning team. The individual recipients of prize money will be responsible for the tax implications of their winnings. Note that prize payments are treated as income by MIT and the IRS, regardless of whether the payment is made to an individual or a company. Non-U.S. citizens are taxed on their prize money up front at a rate of 30%, which is withheld from their prize checks.

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  • Will photos and videos be taken during the event?

Photographs and/or videos may be taken over the course of the EnergyHack. By entering and attending the EnergyHack, you acknowledge and agree that your likeness may be included in photos and videos of the event and used by MIT in connection with communications about the EnergyHack or in other MIT communications.

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  • Does the EnergyHack have any guidelines and policies with regards to intellectual property?

In short, we want the MIT EnergyHack to be as open as possible! See this document for details.