Fall 2020

Florida Polytechnic University

Innovation, Science, and Technology Building

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What is PhoenixHacks?


PhoenixHacks is an annual 24-hour Hackathon hosted at Florida Polytechnic University where students from across the state get together in up to teams of 4 and compete by creating the best software or hardware product out of nothing. We provide access to hardware, workshops, and mentors that allow hackers to create without being limited by technology, information, or experience.

Who can attend?


Any student who is at least 18 years old and is currently attending a university or college is eligible to apply for PhoenixHacks.

How much does it cost?


PhoenixHacks is completely free to attend! All meals and swag are provided free-of-charge!

Where is it?


PhoenixHacks is located in the Innovation, Science, & Technology Building at Florida Polytechnic University.

Do I need a team?


You can be in a team of up to 4, but it is not required. If you don't have a team, team matching activities will take place after the opening ceremony.

What are the judging criteria?


The judging criteria will be available closer to the event.

What if I don't know how to code?


There will be tons of workshops at PhoenixHacks aimed at teaching beginners how to code or develop things with hardware. There will also be mentors who can assist you if you get stuck.

What time does it start?


The date and time of the event will be available in the near future.

What should I bring?


We recommend you bring a computer, phone, tablet, or any other device you may want to use for your hack. We also recommend you bring a sleeping bag, pillow, some toiletries, and an extra pair of clothes. Don't forget your chargers. It may get chilly at night, so we highly recommend you bring a jacket or sweater. Do not bring any weapons, drugs, or alcohol.

Are walk-ins allowed?


We will have an answer to this as we get closer to the event.

Will there be food?


Yes! Food will be provided free of charge. We will cover breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the duration of the event and even midnight snacks!

What if I have dietary restrictions?


There will be vegetarian options available. Unfortunately, most restaurants do not offer food that satisfies other dietary restrictions such as gluten-free, kosher, etc.

What is the deadline to apply?


The application deadline will become available closer to the event. We cannot guarantee you will have a spot at the event if you do not apply before this date. We will accept late rolling applications after that date, but cannot guarantee you a spot.

How do I know if I'm accepted?


Decisions will be sent out about a week or two before the event. You will receive an email notifying you of the decision.

Still have questions?


Feel free to email us at We will try our best to get back to you as quickly as possible.

The Venue

About the Innovation, Science, and Technology (IST) Building

The Innovation, Science, and Technology Building is not only a tourist attraction, but also the main building on campus with classrooms and labs. It is surrounded with pergolas built to withstand hurricanes as well as a pneumatic sun-roof which rotates throughout the day to block the sun.

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