HackTheHearst FAQ

This page will address logistical questions before the hackathon starts. During the hackathon, participants can post questions to the HackTheHearst Piazza site where mentors will be able to answer them. You can sign up for the “course” on Piazza here.

Teams/eligibility

DO I NEED TO HAVE A TEAM TO REGISTER?

No. We welcome individual registrations and provide a designated time to meet and speak with other participants and for teams on September 10, 2014 at the Hackathon Kickoff. So don’t worry about forming a team beforehand, but you are of course welcome to form a team with your friends!

WHO CAN BE ON MY TEAM?

Each team may be composed of a single person or any number of individuals, but we recommend having about 4 people on your team for optimal team dynamics. The prizes to be offered will be sized for a team of 4 individuals, so the larger your team, the fewer prizes each team member will get.

We recommend that you assemble a well-balanaced team that has as many of the following strengths as possible (note that single individuals will often fill more than one of the following roles):

I’M A HUMANITIES MAJOR, AND DON’T KNOW THE FIRST THING ABOUT “HACKING.” CAN I STILL SIGN UP?

Of course. We designed this event to offer the opportunity for individuals from humanities backgrounds, computer science backgrounds, and other backgrounds to learn from each other and have fun. The perspectives from humanities will also be a valuable part of the team and final judging criteria.

Here are some basic programming resources used within the digital humanities community:

And here are a few resources to let you know what to expect from your first hackathon:

AN 11-DAY HACKATHON? WHY SO LONG?

While hackathons are traditionally 1–2 days of nonstop coding, we are using a more flexible timeframe that encourages participation and collaboration among people with a variety of backgrounds and commitments. We would especially like to encourage first-timers who would otherwise be intimidated by the traditional hackathon format.

MY SISTER WORKS FOR THE MUSEUM—CAN I STILL ENTER THE HACKATHON?

Yes, but your team won’t be eligible for awards. Employees of any of the organizing groups and their immediate family members are ineligible to win any of the awards, but they are allowed to enter and complete for fun, for a chance to show off what they can put together, to inspire others, and/or to have a chance to offer the Museum a great app or interface that will benefit the Museum, its stakeholders, and/or its audiences.

Archive / API

WHAT IS THE COPYRIGHT / LICENSING STATUS OF THE CONTENT?

All content available through the API will be licensed using a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.

Other questions

WHAT IS DIGITAL HUMANITIES AT BERKELEY AND HOW CAN I LEARN MORE?

Digital humanities is a growing field of scholarship that engages computing practices and technologies within humanistic research, learning, and teaching. If you’d like to learn more, explore the Digital Humanities at Berkeley website. An understanding of digital humanities will be helpful in the development of your team entry and the final judging criteria. For further reading about Digital Humanities, see a curated list of readings from the Berkeley Digital Humanities Working Group.

WHERE CAN MY TEAM AND I WORK DURING THE HACKATHON?

HackTheHearst participants are welcome to meet and work together in the Collaboratory space at the D-Lab in 350 Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley campus Monday–Friday 9:00 am–5:00 pm, on a first-come, first-served basis. Other designated Hackathon team spaces will be made available and announced here in the following weeks.