COMS W3157 Hackathon

What is it?

The 3157 Hackathon is an optional hackathon intended for students and alumni of the w3157 class. Throughout the night of Friday February 28, 9pm to 5am, students will be working on two big assignments from the class. Alumni and TAs will be on hand to help students with these assignments.

This hackathon isn't just a homework programming session, it's also an open learning environment. Whether you're a hackathon veteran or this is your first time, stop by.

Aside from all the awesome people, we'll also have snacks and drinks to keep you fueled all night, 3157 swag, and swag from our sponsors!


  • Start: Fri February 28th, 9pm
  • End: March 1st, 5am
  • Location: John Jay Dining Hall

What do we do there?

To be totally clear...

  1. Attendance is not required. It's completely optional. It's totally understandable if you have better things to do Friday night than geeking out all night
  2. If you come, you don't have to stay all night. You can come and go as you please
  3. At that time, both lab4 and lab5 will be open for submission. You can work on either.
  4. During the hackathon, we will have a very loose collaboration policy. You can look at your classmates' code to learn or to help. You can sit down with someone else and try things together. All I ask is for you to make a genuine effort to learn or to help. You can list the poeple you have collaborated with in your README to make sure that your code does not trigger cheating detection.
    • Additionally, if you wish to set up a Github repo for yourself and your partner, the repo must be private. GitHub offers free private repository to students, but it takes a few days to process, so make sure to sign up before the hackathon.
  5. The hackathon would also be a great opportunity for you to learn from your savvy TAs and classmates about some of the extra stuff that will enrich your shell experience—nifty .bashrc setups, vim/emacs setup, VirtualBox setups, using GDB, etc.
  6. For lab4 you may optionally work in pairs, with an appropriately more complex set of tasks for pairs compared to individuals. The hackathon is a great place to work with your partner! More details in the lab4 directions.


This is the second 3157 hackathon. In Fall 2013 we had over 100 current and former 3157 students hacking in Carleton Lounge.

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