SF Grand Hack 2019 FAQs

Are there reimbursements for travel and housing?
Unfortunately, we do not provide funds for travel or overnight lodging. There will also be no overnight accommodations for the event, so please arrange your sleeping arrangements in advance! It could be helpful to coordinate with other participants to figure out housing and transportation.

Where can I find a schedule of the event?
You can find the schedule on the main page of the event here if you scroll all the way down the page: https://grandhack.mit.edu/sf/

When does the event start? The Eventbrite says 7pm but the other places say 6pm.
Registration will be ongoing from 5:30-7pm, and kickoff will begin at 7pm. We encourage everyone to show up by 6pm if possible. You can use the time before the kickoff to mingle with other participants.

Where is the event located?
The event will be held at Mission Hall, UCSF Mission Bay, 550 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94158.

Where can I park if I am driving to the event?
The closest parking garage is the Third Street Garage located at 1630 3rd St. You MUST present your hackathon Eventbrite ticket to the parking attendant in order to park there. If you do not have the Eventbrite ticket, please park at 1800 Owens St garage, across the street from the hospital, a 5-min walk to UCSF Mission Hall. Both parking garages cost $4/hr, up to $32/day. Metered street-side parking is free on Sunday.

When will I hear about which track I am placed in?
We have received your track preferences and track assignments will be sent out on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 9th and thereafter. Participants will form teams with other people in their track and get judged by a panel of experts in that area of healthcare. Even though your project may fit into more than one theme, you can only give a final presentation in one track. The 3 tracks are very diverse and there is something for everyone in each track.

I have not received an email I think I should have received!
Please check your spam folder, and add these emails to your safe senders list: sfgrandhack@mit.edu

Due to the weather or travel delays / cancellations, I will be arriving late. Can I still participate?
You will be able to check in all throughout Friday night and first thing Saturday morning. On both days, check-in will be at Mission Hall on the UCSF Mission Bay campus. The problem pitches from Friday night will be summarized in a spreadsheet shared with all participants, so those arriving on Saturday morning will be able to see the options. However, since the majority of team formation will happen on Friday night, it is ideal for participants to be present for as much of Friday night as possible.

What should I bring to the hackathon? Will hacking resources be provided?
Bring whatever you think will be useful, whether that’s a laptop, a tablet, a smartphone, hardware tools, etc. Typically hack participants have just brought their own computers and tablet/smartphone devices to play with, but bring whatever you think you will need!

If you have resources at home (arduinos, circuit boards, other rapid prototyping materials) that you think will be useful for your project, you’re welcome to bring them.
Additionally, we encourage participants to bring their reusable water bottles to be more environmentally friendly.

Weather in SF is often foggy and chilly. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a sweater or jacket as it does get quite cold at night.

Am I going to be placed on a team or am I some version of a free agent?
A little bit of both. On Friday night, participants will have a chance to pitch problems. After hearing all of the pitches, you will have a chance to mingle, talk to people whose problems you found compelling (and/or talk to people who found your problem compelling) and form teams. You can join a team around someone else’s pitch or form a team around something you pitched.

What’s expected from participants in this event? I want to make sure I am well prepared as my idea is in actual “idea” stage.
Participants are expected to come ready to participate – you can either pitch a “pain point” for 60 seconds or join a team once teams begin forming. We ask that the pitches are kept to describing problems, not solutions.

What if I’m coming in with more than an idea?
In the spirit of the hackathon, we ask that participants come in with an open mind to meeting new people and listening to other people’s ideas. Out of fairness to all participants, we ask that projects worked on over the weekend have not been extensively worked on prior to the hackathon. Please do not come to recruit for your startup.

Will food be provided?
On Friday evening, there will be snacks and refreshments. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided for Saturday. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on Sunday. We encourage you to bring snacks if you have special dietary restrictions as we will have limited options.

Am I allowed to switch tracks?
No, unfortunately we do not allow participants to switch tracks in order to maintain an even distribution of experts and participants across the event.