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February 21 & 22, 2015 @ MIT
Welcome to Blueprint – a two-day learnathon and hackathon for high school students held on MIT's campus. Meet MIT’s smartest students and experienced industry mentors as you join fellow peers in learning how to write impactful software – no coding experience required.

Thanks for coming!
We hope to see you all again next year.
Day 1 - Feb. 21st, 2015
8am - 8:30pm
Learnathon @ MIT Stata Center

On February 21, 150 high school students will join us in MIT's Stata Center from 8am to 8:30pm for a whole day of learning how to write cool software – no experience necessary.

What is a learnathon?
Blueprint is MIT's first learnathon – a day of interactive classes and fun workshops designed to teach something new outside of a normal curriculum.

If you have never coded before, don’t worry! MIT students will teach and mentor you along the way in our three tracks: iOS, Android, and Web Development. At the start of the day, there will be sessions to help you install the right development tools and environments to start coding. The classes will be taught in an interactive lecture format and many mentors will be walking around to help guide you.

Day 2 - Feb. 22nd, 2015
8am - 8pm
Hackathon @ MIT Media Lab

On February 22, about 300 high school students will gather at MIT’s Media Lab from 8am to 8pm to create a project of their choice with a team of up to 4 people.

What is a hackathon?
A hackathon is an event where people collaborate to create cool apps and software projects!

Teams will be guided by student and industry mentors who are experienced in the field. At the end of the day, you will be able to see what your fellow students created and present your project to a panel of judges. There will be many prizes, but most importantly we hope Blueprint is a rewarding hackathon experience for you!

Is this an overnight event?
No. The Learnathon will be on Saturday, February 21 from around 8 am to 8:30 pm, and the Hackathon will be on February 22 from around 8 am to 8 pm. These times are approximations, and a final schedule will be released closer to the event date.
Where is Blueprint being held?
Blueprint will be held on MIT’s campus. The Learnathon will be held in the Ray and Maria Stata Center and the Hackathon will be held at the MIT Media Lab.
Who should come to Blueprint?
The Learnathon is designed for high school students who have little to no programming experience. We'll have classes to teach you all you ever wanted to learn, and you're automatically signed up for the Hackathon to put your skills to use. The Hackathon is for all high school students – if you want to make something awesome, sign up!
Do I register for the Learnathon and Hackathon separately?
No. There will be an option on your registration application to indicate your interest in coming to the learnathon portion in addition to the hackathon.
What if I don’t know how to code?
That’s perfectly fine! Definitely sign up for the Learnathon where you will sharpen your programming skills for the Hackathon!
How are participants chosen?
There will be a lottery process where we will randomly choose students in waves until capacity is filled.
How does judging work?
You will have the opportunity to present your project to a panel of judges. In addition, you can exhibit your team's project and explore other creations at an end-of-the-day expo.
Are there any prizes?
Yes. Prizes have yet to be determined, but we promise a lot of them!
Are there any recommended hotels I could stay at if I am from out of town?
A couple of hotels that are near MIT include Kendall Hotel and the Marriott.
What do I need to bring?
Bring your laptop if you have one, laptop charger, your signed waiver, and a photo ID of yourself with the same name you used in registration!
Does Blueprint cost money?
No. Blueprint is free of charge, and includes meals, a Blueprint tshirt, and an unforgettable experience.
What if I don’t have a laptop?
We will have some laptops available for you if you do not have a laptop. Indicate so on your application, and we will have it for you at check-in.
Is there travel reimbursement?
We are not providing travel reimbursements. Most attendees commute from the Greater Boston area, Massachusetts, and nearby states.
Are my parents allowed to come with me?
After check-in, Blueprint is strictly for high school students only, but your parents can tune in to the livestream! We are grateful for your parents' support of our program.
What if I don’t have a team formed beforehand?
No worries! Teams are not required but are highly recommended as they are a great way to meet new people or bond with friends! We’ll have a team formation event at the beginning of Blueprint to help you find partners.
What food options will there be?
We will be providing all meals along with snacks for the duration of the event. We will also have food options for those with allergies or dietary restrictions.
I have a question that’s not listed here. Who should I ask?
Send us an email at We'll get back to you within hours.