Frequently asked questions


What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a marathon software and hardware product creation event. At HackPrinceton, you can look forward to inspiring guest speakers, educational workshops, expert mentors, and, of course, fun games and yummy (free) food.

i’ve never been to a hackathon and i’m nervous.

Have no fear — Novvum Hacks is, first and foremost, a fun learning experience! We will have beginner workshops held by professors and industry professionals in web design, mobile applications, backends, cloud content management, and more! Our goal is for you to leave Novvum Hacks having learned something.

Will this cost me money?

Nope! We’ll provide all the food, swag, and fun times you need to have an amazing weekend.

What should i bring?

Bring your student ID or a government-issued ID to borrow hardware. You’ll also need your laptop and charger for hacking.

Do I need to know any coding prior to the event?

It is recommended that you are familiar with a programming language. However, if you are non-technical, there are plenty of opportunities to work with teams.

What are my parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is plenty of parking by the event venue.

What time should I arrive?

Arrive between 9:30am to 9:45am to find best parking and allow time for check in.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email for any questions!

Things you'll need

Government-issued ID

If you want to borrow any hardware from our lab, you’ll need to have a government-issued ID (like a driver’s license) in addition to your student ID.


Desktops aren’t great travel companions

Chargers (laptop, phone, etc.)

Make sure to remember chargers for everything you’re bringing.


With so many hackers in one building, it can get a bit loud, so bring headphones if you want to get some quiet time.

Comfortable Clothing

Southern California has been experiencing some wild temperature swings lately, so be prepared by bringing a coat and clothes suitable for a wide range of conditions. Please keep your outfits appropriate.

Reusable water bottle

If you have one, bring it and help cut down on waste.


Unlike what you might be used to at other hackathons, Our landlord here at Novvum HQ does not permit sleeping overnight in the venue due to fire code restrictions. Instead of sleeping at the venue, you have three options:

  1. Arrange to stay with a friend overnight
  2. Arrange to stay at a local hotel. We do not have discount packages, but some nearby affordable hotels include the DoubleTree and Courtyard by Marriott
  3. Arrange to stay at an Airbnb.
  4. If you have nowhere to go, we of course won't throw you out. But we will have very limited space, so please book accomodations ahead of time!
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