FAQ

Feel free to ask questions in the comments below and we will answer it as soon as possible!

Q: Am I going to be placed on a team or am I some version of a free agent? 

A: A little bit of both. After hearing all of the pitches, teams will start to form organically based on people who want to work on the same idea that was pitched. You can join a team around someone else’s pitch or form a team around something you pitched.

Q: Can you please outline 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.

A: 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.

Q: How do I get there? Where can I park? 

A: We strongly encourage those coming from within the Boston area to use public transportation, as MIT is conveniently located on both local bus lines and the Red Line (stop: Kendall/MIT).

If you do intend to drive, please park at the MIT Medical parking lot, which is about a 5 minute walk away from both the Stata Center (Friday night) and the Media Lab (Saturday and Sunday).

Q: What materials should I bring? 

A: Bring whatever you think will be useful, whether that’s a laptop, a tablet, a smartphone, hardware tools, etc. Typically hack participants have brought their own computers and tablet/smartphone devices to play with, but bring whatever you think you will need!

Q: Will food be provided? 

A: A light breakfast and lunch will be provided both Saturday and Sunday, as well as a light dinner on Saturday. There are many surrounding food places in Kendall and Central Square (Cambridge) and we encourage you to bring snacks if you have special dietary restrictions.

Q: Will accommodation/transportation be arranged for us?

A: Unless otherwise informed by us, you are responsible for your own lodging and transportation to and from MIT. Transportation within Boston is very reasonable with subways, buses, and Uber!

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