feb 17 & 18, 2018

Blueprint is a weekend-long learnathon and hackathon for local high school students held at MIT's campus. Learn from MIT students, make new friends, and build 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 have not only this project, but also the tools to learn more about programming on your own and take your skills even further.


date: saturday, february 17

  • Participate in hands-on workshops taught by MIT students and industry professionals on programming fundamentals, web programming, or iOS development
  • Attend short “tech talks” on specialized computer science topics
  • Eager to get started? Check out


date: sunday, february 18

  • 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
  • Interested in mentoring? Sign up here


Andrew Sutherland is the founder and CTO of Quizlet, the user-powered learning platform used by more than 23 million students and teachers each month. Andrew founded Quizlet in 2005 while a sophomore at Albany High School in California, originally building a simple website to help himself study French vocabulary. He studied computer science at MIT, which he left after three years to continue working on Quizlet. As CTO, Andrew is in charge of building the technology that powers more than 180 million study sets and allows millions of students to learn more efficiently. In 2012 and 2013, he was featured in Forbes Magazine's 30 under 30 List for Education.


saturday, february 17

learnathon @ MIT Stata Center

8:30 AM Check-in and Breakfast
9:30 AM Opening Talk
10:00 AM Workshop #1 (iOS/Web/StartHacking)
11:30 AM Tech Talk #1
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Workshop #2 (iOS/Web/StartHacking)
2:00 PM Workshop #3 (iOS/Web/StartHacking)
3:00 PM Tech Talk #2
3:30 PM Workshop #4 (iOS/Web/StartHacking)
4:30 PM Closing Talk
5:00 PM End of Learnathon

sunday, february 18

hackathon @ MIT Media Lab

7:00 AM Check-in and Breakfast
8:00 AM Opening Talk
8:30 AM Hacking Starts, Team Formation
11:30 AM MIT Student Panel
12:30 PM Lunch
2:30 PM Campus Excursion
4:00 PM Tim the Beaver Meet and Greet
5:30 PM Hacking Ends, Dinner
6:00 PM Judging
7:30 PM Closing Talks, Demos
8:30 PM End of Hackathon


what's the schedule?

See above! Blueprint is not an overnight event.

when can I apply?

Applications are closed for Blueprint 2018.

who can attend?

Blueprint is for high school students. Experience in programming is not required for the learnathon, but strongly encouraged for the hackathon. The iOS and web tracks require a basic knowledge of programming fundamentals, and the StartHacking track is designed for first time coders.

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.

can I mentor?

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

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?

Blueprint will be held on MIT’s campus. The Learnathon on Saturday will be held in the Ray and Maria Stata Center and the Hackathon on Sunday will be held at the MIT Media Lab. Follow the signs in the lobby to the event!

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-serve basis on weekends in several lots: the 65 Waverly Street Lot, the W98 Lots, 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.

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!

If you have other questions, please email us at [email protected]! We're happy to help.


Interested in sponsoring? Contact us at [email protected]