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Blueprint 2021 is a weekend-long virtual learnathon and hackathon for high school students. Learn from MIT students, make new friends, and make something cool! 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. After Blueprint, you'll not only have this project but also the tools to learn more.

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february 20th, 2021

  • Participate in hands-on workshops taught by MIT students and industry professional on programming fundamentals, web programming, or app development
  • Attend short tech talks on specialized computer science topics
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february 21st, 2021

  • Put your new skills to practice!
  • Form a team and experience the challenge and reward of building a project from scratch
  • Consult mentors for personalize feedback and help with your project
  • Interested in mentoring? Sign up here!


App Dev

Start Hacking

Web Dev Beginner

Web Dev Advanced

App Dev

Start Hacking

Web Dev Beginner

Web Dev Advanced

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What is a learnathon?

A day of learning! Students will have the opportunity to attend a day of workshops in their chosen track -- StartHacking, web dev beginner, web dev advanced, mobile application development. Outside of track workshops we'll also have auxiliary workshops and tech talks, an organization fair, and more.

What is a hackathon?

Apply your technical skills to build an awesome project! Students who attend the learnathon can apply their newly-acquired skills to create something they can call their own! Websites and mobile apps are common hacks, but you can build anything! Think outside the box :)

Do I need to attend both the learnathon and the hackathon?

Nope, you can attend either one or both days! However, only participants who participate in a track workshop during the learnathon or submit a project for the hackathon will be eligible for swag.

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

During our hackathon, you'll have the opportunity to create a project in a team of up to 4 people. Don't worry if you don't have a team now, we'll have team formation and ideation sessions at the beginning of the Hackathon, so there'll be plenty of time to meet new people!

Does Blueprint cost money?

Admission is free and includes mentors, workshops, swag, resources, and an unforgettable experience!


How will Blueprint work given the virtual setup?

All the essential parts of our event remain the same! You'll still get to meet other hackers, attend amazing workshops, and win prizes :) We do recommend that you have Zoom installed ahead of time as the majority of our events will be held on there!

Will swag be given out to Blueprint participants?

If you reside in the United States and meet the swag eligibility requirements by the end of Blueprint, we'll ship you swag free of charge! As a reminder, you'll need to attend either a track workshop series during our learnathon or submit a project for our hackathon (or both!)

What if I have a slow internet connection?

You should have no issues participating in our event as long as your Internet connection can handle the bandwidth of a standard video call or livestream. Just make sure to download large SDKs or developer tools in advance!

Will there be hardware hacks? Will any hardware be given?

Unfortunately we aren't able to provide supplies for hardware hacks this year, but if you're passionate that shouldn't stop you from building them!

A question for you...

If peanut butter wasn’t called peanut butter, what would it be called? What kind of secret society would you like to start? Let us know at [email protected] :] Oh, and one last thing: can you /?fixme ;)

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Queue Time
February 20
10:30 am
Learnathon Opening
11:00 am
Workshop #1
12:30 pm
Lunch Break
1:00 pm
Orgs Fair
2:00 pm
Workshop #2
3:00 pm
3:15 pm
Workshop #3
4:15 pm
Tech Talks #1 and #2
4:45 pm
5:00 pm
Workshop #4
6:00 pm
Learnathon Closing
Queue Time
February 21
8:00 am
Hackathon Opening
9:30 am
Team Formation and Ideation
11:30 am
MIT Student Panel
12:30 pm
Lunch Break
1:30 pm
Mini Event #1 - Jeopardy
2:30 pm
Mini Event #2 - Typeracer
3:30 pm
Mini Event #3 - Farm Animals
4:30 pm
Mini Event #4 - TikTok Workshop
5:30 pm
Project Submission Deadline
6:00 pm
Dinner Break
7:00 pm
9:00 pm
Hackathon Closing