FEBRUARY 8-9, 2020
MOUNT ALLISON UNIVERSITY

MOVED TO FEB 8-9 DUE TO WEATHER

Registration has closed for 2020.

MtA Hacks is a two-day computer science conference hosted at Mount Allison University, originally planned for February 7-8, but now moved to February 8-9. The weekend will gather university and high school students from across the maritimes to build projects, attend workshops, and meet industry experts. Teams will brainstorm, build, and pitch projects related to this year’s theme: Games and Education. We’ll bring in judges from across North America to pick a winning group—last year’s judges came from Google, Dell, RideCo, and Tantramar Interactive. By the end of the day, you’ll have learned new tools, added a project to your resume, and made 74 new friends. Oh, and by the way, there will be free food, swag, and cash prizes!

Registration for the 2020 conference has closed.

If you have already registered, click here to view your registration.

Mount Allison University
Wallace McCain Student Centre
60 York St
Sackville, NB
Canada, E4L 1A6
hack@mta.ca

AGENDA

Curious how the weekend pans out? This revised schedule shows what you can expect. You’ll spend any unscheduled time slots working on your project with a team of 2-4 people.

Saturday

11:00AM - 12:00PM
Check-in (Entrance) and pizza (Gracie’s Cafe)

12:00PM - 1:00PM
Opening Ceremony and Keynote - Joel Dunham (Gracie’s Cafe)

1:00PM - 2:00PM
Brainstorming and Team Formation Workshop (Gracie’s Cafe)

2:00PM - 3:00PM
Introduction to Git (Gracie’s Cafe, 2-3PM)
Introduction to Game Development (The Pond, 2-2:30PM)
Machine Learnign (The Pond, 2:30-3PM)

3:00PM - 3:30PM
Java 8: Optionals, Functions, and Streams - Micah Stairs (Gracie’s Cafe)

3:30PM - 4:00PM
Organize Your Developer Flow - Olivier Bourgeois (Gracie’s Cafe)

5:00PM - 6:00PM
Supper for Group 1 (Meet at entrance at 4:50PM)

6:00PM - 7:00PM
Supper for Group 2 (Meet at entrance at 5:50PM)

9:30PM - 10:30PM
Industry Panel (Gracie’s Cafe)

10:30PM - 11:30PM
Optional: Social and Snacks (Tweedie Hall)

 

Sunday

8:00AM - 9:00AM
Breakfast (Tweedie Hall) & Hacking Resumes

11:00AM - 12:00PM
Judging (Rooms 124 and 125)

12:00PM - 1:00PM
Lunch (Tweedie Hall)

1:00PM - 1:30PM
Closing Ceremony (Tweedie Hall)

PREPARATIONS

What to Bring




*Arriving with a team is not mandatory, as we will be hosting a workshop for forming teams at the beginning of the event. Teams of 2 to 4 people are permitted, and all teammates must register separately.


What to Know

We encourage students of all skill levels to participate! However, all participants must have an understanding of at least one programming language or game development engine. If you don't know where to start, you could learn how to make games with Unity.


Where to Stay

If you are a high school student, we have 18 complementary spaces in residence available for Friday night. Residence rooms are not available on Saturday night, and they are not available for university students. There will be two chaperones staying in residence, and parents must sign a waiver for their child to stay overnight. Staying in residence is optional. To secure a residence room, please select the residence add-on after getting a participant ticket on Eventbrite. There is no additional fee for high school students staying in residence.

If you are a university student, you can find accommodations at a nearby hotel such as the Coastal Inn.
MtA Hacks cannot cover costs of room and board for university students.

THE VENUE

Situated in Sackville, a New Brunswick town with a population of just over 5000, Mount Allison University is currently ranked as Canada's #1 undergraduate university. This is the 21st year Mount Allison has received this accolade.

THE TEAM

Rija

Rija Ali President

Morgan

Morgan Bender

Nick

Nick Cuthbertson

Shekhar

Shekhar Dewan

Logan

Logan DiAdams

Justin

Justin Hughes

Alex

Alex Little

Nimesh

Nimesh Nayaju

Eliot

Eliot Scott

Kelton

Kelton Welsh

Saralin

Saralin Zassman

Graeme

Graeme Zinck

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