The early registration deadline is October 15th and regular registration closes November 3rd. For more information check
out the FAQ!
Interested in volunteering to help our hackers the day of the event? Sign up here to be a mentor for Codestellation.
Codestellation can’t take off without our sponsors! Learn more about what perks you’ll recieve and how your partnership
will contribute to the event.
November 10-11, 2018 | 24 Hours
Last Year's Codestellation
Codestellation is an annual hackathon held at Brandeis University and organized by BITMAP (Brandeis Initiative
for Machines, Apps and Programming).
I am definitely a loyal devotee to Codestellation.
As a senior having been to every Codestellation since my freshman year, I always find it amazing to see
the growth in the number of participants and the quality of the overall event each year. While this year, I
was a mentor and not a hacker, I thrououghly enjoyed helping hackers troubleshoot their problems and see some
truly amazing hacks developed in 24 hours. I highly recommend Codestellation to hackers of all experience levels. It is
an equally great event for beginners and even for those with more experience.
Having only a few months of coding experience before Codestellation, I was hesitant to be a part of it at first.
However, even though it was my first ever hackathon, I learned a lot in just 24 hours and met many amazing people.
From a lock picking workshop to skyping the CEO of Dropbox, I couldn’t have asked for a better first experience!
Codestellation was a phenomenal experience for me, as a participant and now as an organizer!
As a first-year I participated in Codestellation by myself, wanting to see how I've progressed since
high school. I found an event that was incredibly informative and friendly, with panels helping educate
participants on all sorts of skills, and everyone on the floor having an amazing sense of community and
always lending a hand to help each other. Now helping to organize it as a sophomore, I hope to give attendants
the same joy and encouragement towards computer science that I received!
A hackathon is an opportunity to get together with others who share your passion for building and creating technology for
a weekend and create something great. That app you’ve been talking about making forever? That software that would really
make school that much easier? This is the perfect opportunity to sit down and make it a reality.
At Codestellation, you’ll join a small launch team to create something awesome over the course of 24 hours.
Along the way, we’ve also got a bunch of fun activities planned just in case you need a break from all the coding you’ll be doing.
If a weekend of making new friends, coding, and partaking in all sorts of fun activities sounds like a blast to you, join us for
Codestellation Fall 2018!
I heard that applying to be an astronaut was super difficult. Who can attend?
Any student older than 18 is invited to attend this event. If you are a high school student under 18, you can still
come, but please contact us for forms. We want to fill the halls with a diverse group of interesting hackers with a
variety of different skills, attributes, strengths, and perspectives. If you don’t have a team, we can help you find
one - all you have to do is indicate on the registration form that you would like to be placed with a team, and we will
put you in contact with other hackers both prior to and at the start of the event. New hackers are absolutely encouraged
to attend; if you’ve been waiting for a sign to tell you that you’re good enough to go to a hackathon, this is it!
I’ve never been to outer space, and have no idea how to program. Will that be a problem?
Have no worries cadet! Codestellation is a beginner-friendly hackathon, meaning anyone can come!
When do I need to apply by? Is there a deadline?
Early registration closes on October 15th, 2018. If you register before then, you will be guaranteed a t-shirt and a
swag bag! Regular registration closes one week before the event on November 3rd, 2018.
T-minus how many hours until blast off? When is this happening?
Codestellation will take place November 10th to 11th, see above for the countdown until takeoff!
Space travel can take a long time. How long is Codestellation?
Codestellation is a 24 hour hackathon starting Saturday morning and ending Sunday morning!
Space is such a huge place. Where is this happening?
Codestellation will take place at Brandeis University (in Waltham, MA) in the Shapiro Science Center. We will be
sending out detailed directions as well as a map in an email to participants closer to the event date. Brandeis is
conveniently located right on the Fitchburg-South Acton Line of the MBTA, making transportation from other Boston
schools extremely easy.
I thought only Elon Musk could afford to travel to space! Will travel costs be covered?
Unfortunately we do not provide travel grants, but the event itself is free!
I have never traveled to space before. What should I bring?
You will definitely need to bring a laptop or some other device to code on. As this is an overnight hackathon, you
might thank yourself in the morning if you bring a toothbrush and a towel to wash your face. If this is your first
time hacking, consider bringing a pillow and a sleeping bag — it makes a world of difference to be coding when you’re
well-rested and energized. Other than basic necessities like that, we’ve got you covered: we will be providing all the
snacks and food you could eat, a Codestellation t-shirt, lots of hardware, 3D printers, and monitors for all your coding
Sleeping in a rocket can be hard. Where will I sleep?
We will have designated sleeping rooms where the lights will be off and you can sleep on a carpeted floor. Feel free
to bring your own sleeping bags, pillows, blankets if you would like to sleep elsewhere.
Are there showers on the rocket? Where will I shower?
Unfortunately, there will not be any showers available to you during the event. However, feel free to leave to shower
and then come back, or just bring some dry shampoo and deodorant (it’s okay we won’t judge you!)
There is probably a lot of cool stuff in space. Will there be swag?
Of course! Last year’s haul included t-shirts and stickers! You will also be able to get swag from some of the other
sponsors attending Codestellation!
I heard astronaut food is pretty gross. What will I eat?
We will be providing all the meals during Codestellation along with a constant stream of snacks and energy drinks so you
will never go hungry. Some our meals include Qdoba, Domenics, and Dunkin Donuts. And don’t worry if you have any dietary
restrictions, we will have vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options for all!
What if I can only come for part of the weekend? Can I still participate in this space adventure?
Of course! We always recommend that hackers come for the whole event in order to get the most out of their experience,
but you can come late or leave early. Due to our school’s policies, we do have one rule that you may not come to Codestellation
between midnight on Saturday and 5 AM on Sunday. However, you can come and go any other time.
Who do I contact with other questions? Is there anyone at mission control I can talk to?