blueprint

March 4 & 5, 2017 @ MIT

learn

imagine

create

What's Blueprint?

Blueprint is 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!

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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. After Blueprint you'll have not only this project, but also the tools to learn more about programming on your own and take your skills even further.

learnathon

Saturday, March 4, 2017
9 am - 5 pm

  • Attend hands-on workshops taught by MIT students on a programming topic such as web, Android, or iOS development, based on student interest
  • Workshops will be interspersed with short "tech talks" on specialized computer science topics

hackathon

Sunday, March 5, 2017
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 enrollment in or completion of an AP Computer Science class, or its equivalent. Blueprint is meant for people who are learning to code, not experts! If you'd like some links on good places to get started with programming before Blueprint, email us at [email protected] and we’ll share a couple.

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.

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. Teams can be up to four people.

When can I apply?

Applications are open now until Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.

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.

What should I bring?

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

Where is it? How do I get there?

The Stratton Student Center, also known as Building W20, is centrally located on campus. The address is 84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139. We'll be on the second floor!

Does Blueprint cost money?

Nope! We'll cover meals, snacks, drinks, a Blueprint t-shirt, and an unforgettable experience :) We can't reimburse travel or overnight lodging costs, though. Hotels near MIT include the Kendall Hotel and the Marriott.

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.

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 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.

Can my parents come with me?

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