blueprint

February 27 & 28, 2016 @ MIT

learn

hack

build

Welcome to Blueprint, a weekend-long learnathon and hackathon for local high school students held on MIT's campus. Learn from MIT students, make new friends, and build something cool!

Registration Portal

ABOUT

Over the course of Blueprint, you'll form a team, decide on a project, and develop it from start to finish with the support of our mentors. You'll come away with a fully functional web page or iOS app, as well as the ability to learn more about programming on your own to take your skills even further.

learnathon

Saturday, February 27, 2016
9 am - 5 pm

  • Attend hands-on workshops taught by MIT students on the fundamentals of web and iOS development
  • Workshops will be interspersed with short "tech talks" on specialized computer science topics

hackathon

Sunday, February 28, 2016
7 am - 8 pm

  • Put your new skills to practice!
  • Form a team and experience the challenge and reward of building a project from scratch
  • Consult mentors for personalized feedback and help with your project

FAQ

Who can attend?

Blueprint is for motivated high school students with a foundational computer science background. This background could be from current enrollment or completion of an AP Computer Science class, or its equivalent.

Can I mentor?

If you're a college student or professional interested in helping teach high schoolers for Blueprint, head over to our mentorship website.

Does Blueprint cost money?

Nope! We'll cover food, drinks, a Blueprint t-shirt, and an unforgettable experience :) We can't reimburse travel or overnight lodging costs, though.

Where is it? How do I get there?

The Ray and Maria Stata Center, also known as Building 32, is in the northeast part of campus. The address is 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA 02139.

What's the schedule?

We'll post the schedule to the website as soon as it's finalized, so check back later! Check-in for the learnathon will start at 9 am, and check-in for the hackathon will start at 7 am. Expect to be done at 5 pm on Saturday and 8 pm on Sunday! Blueprint is not an overnight event.

Do I have to come to both the learnathon and the hackathon?

Nope! You can attend either one or both days; just indicate so on your application.

What should I bring?

Bring a photo ID and a laptop (and its charger!). We'll provide breakfast, lunch, dinner, swag, and everything else you need.

What will I eat?

We'll provide food for all meals from Saturday's breakfast to Sunday's lunch. We'll do our best to accommodate all allergies and dietary restrictions as well.

What about overnight lodging?

Hotels near MIT include the Kendall Hotel and the Marriott.

How do teams work? What if I don't have a team?

Teams are a great way to meet new people or bond with friends, so we highly recommend them! Don't worry if you don't have a team now; we'll have team formation and ideation sessions at the beginning of Blueprint so you can find some pals.

What about parking?

Parking is free on a first-come, first-served basis on weekends in several lots: the 65 Waverly Street Lot, the W98 Lots, the Hayward Street Lot, and the W91 Lot. There is also some metered parking on Vassar Street. MIT Facilities' list of pay lots near campus can be found here.

Can my parents come with me?

Blueprint is a student-only event from check-in on, but your parents can tune in to our livestream! We're grateful for your parents' support of our program.

If you have other questions, please email us at blueprint@hackmit.org! We're happy to help.