January 25-26, 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 Florida Polytechnic University 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?


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?


PhoenixHacks will start at 9am on Saturday, January 25th, 2020 and end at 4pm on Sunday, January 26th, 2020.

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 allow a limited number of walk-ins. If we run out of spots, we may still accept hackers for the competition, but cannot guarantee food.

Will there be food?


Yes! Food will be provided free of charge. There will be lunch, dinner, and a midnight snack on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

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 is January 17th at 11:59pm. 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 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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Time Item
9am-11am Check-In
10:45am Walk-Ins Allowed
11am-12pm Opening Ceremony
12pm Hacking Starts
12pm-1pm Icebreaker / Team Making Activity
1pm-2pm Lunch (Chik-Fil-A)
2pm-2:45pm Embedded Systems Workshop (Section 1)
3pm-3:45pm Introduction to Collaboration using Git and GitHub Workshop
4pm-4:45pm Embedded Systems Workshop (Section 2)
5pm-5:45pm Arduino Workshop
6pm-6:30pm Gaming with Azure Workshop
6:15pm-7pm Shuffle Class
7pm-8pm Dinner (Dominos)
8pm-9pm Interfacing APIs with Python Workshop
9pm-10pm CTF Challenge Workshop
10pm-11pm Cup Stacking Activity
11pm-12am Werewolf Game


Time Item
12am-1am Midnight Snack (Insomina Cookies)
1am-2am Smash Tournament (To be confirmed)
2am-3am Team Jeopardy
8am-9am Breakfast (Dunkin' Donuts)
11am DevPost Submissions Due
12pm Hacking Ends
1pm-3:30pm Demoing and Judging
3:30pm-4:00pm Deliberations
4pm-5pm Closing Ceremony

Note that the schedule is subject to change.