FAQ

Will my team be able to choose the charity we want to work with?

Yes. During the Friday night kick-off, you’ll register your team and the charity you’re going to work with. Please note that there will be a cap on the number of teams allowed to work with each charity to ensure all the charities get teams tackling their challenges.

What are the challenges each charity is facing?

The challenges for each charity will be announced during the kick-off.

Are there any prizes?

For Gift the Code, we believe the charities are the winners! Capital One appreciates you giving up your weekend and lending your expertise to #UseDigitalForGood and promises an incredible experience all weekend long!

Why is there judging criteria if there are no prizes?

We want to recognize your hard work and feed your competitive energy. Expert judges will score each team and the top score from each charity league will have the opportunity to go on stage and present to everyone.

Who owns the IP?

Participants will own their submissions. Gift the Code is asking you to #UseDigitalForGood – in that spirit, we require all solutions to be made open source so that not only the participating charities but all charities can potentially benefit from the solutions.

I’ve never done a hackathon before. Can I still participate?

Yes! Hackathons are a great opportunity to have fun, network and apply your skills in a new way.

Do I need to be a developer to participate?

No! We recommend each team has at least one developer who can build your prototype, but often the best solutions are created by teams with diverse perspectives.

What’s up with team participation?

We believe in the power of collaboration and have found that the best solutions are often created by teams of 4-8 participants.

What if I don’t have a team?

Don’t worry – we’ll help you find teammates once you register. The Hackworks platform is built specifically to identify teams that are looking for additional members and to connect participants with specific skillsets. We’ve also built in time during the kick-off for networking to help you meet potential teammates.

Will food be provided?

Yes. We’ll provide all meals plus plenty of snacks and drinks throughout the weekend. Let us know if you have any dietary restrictions when you register.

Do I need to stay at the venue for the whole weekend?

The venue will be open for the entire weekend (including overnight) so you’re encouraged to work onsite as much as you like, but we definitely understand the importance of a good sleep. If you do decide to spend the night working on your solution (or taking a nap!), don’t forget to bring your toiletries to stay fresh throughout the weekend.

What do I need to bring?

Bring any devices that you’ll need to for coding and building your solution, as well as toiletries and clothing to stay fresh if you’re planning to stay overnight. We’ll provide wifi, electrical connection, food, drinks and lots of comfy workspace all weekend long.

Why am I being asked for my resume when I register?

We want to provide participants with the opportunity to connect with job opportunities that match their skillsets. If you’re interested in being contacted about potential job opportunities, you can upload your resume or connect to your LinkedIn profile on the Hackworks platform.

Don’t see your question here? Email us at giftthecode@hackworks.com

Join in on the Fun!

We’re looking for developers, data scientists, designers, academics and advocates to #UseDigitalForGood to solve our charity partners’ challenges. All experience levels are welcome as we crowdsource innovation!

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