february 23 & 24, 2019
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!


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 about programming on your own and take your skills even further.


date: saturday, february 23

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


date: sunday, february 24

  • 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



date: saturday, february 23
location: MIT Stata Center

8:30 AMcheck-in and breakfast
9:30 AMopening ceremony
10:00 AMworkshop #1
11:30 AMtech talk #1
12:00 PMlunch, activities expo
1:00 PMworkshop #2
2:00 PMworkshop #3
3:00 PMtech talk #2
3:30 PMworkshop #4
4:30 PMclosing ceremony
5:00 PMend of learnathon


date: sunday, february 24
location: MIT Media Lab

7:00 AMcheck-in and breakfast
8:00 AMopening ceremony
8:30 AMhacking starts, team formation
11:30 AMMIT student panel
12:00 PMlunch
2:30 PMcampus excursion
4:00 PMTim the Beaver meet and greet
5:30 PMhacking ends, dinner
6:00 PMjudging
7:30 PMdemos and closing ceremony
8:30 PMend of hackathon


> what's the schedule?
See above! Note that Blueprint is not an overnight event.
> when can I apply?
Applications are now open! Apply by January 25th, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST here.
> who can attend?
Blueprint is for high school students and experience in programming is not required for the learnathon or the hackathon. The Arduino 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 can be up to 4 people. They 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.
> can I mentor?
If you’re a college student or professional interested in helping teach high school students for Blueprint, head over to our mentorship form here.
> 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 :) However, we can’t reimburse travel or overnight lodging costs. 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, 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.
> what will I eat?
We’ll provide food for all meals from Saturday breakfast to Sunday lunch. We’ll do our best to accomodate all allergies and dietary restrictions as well.
> can my parents come with me?
Blueprint is a student-only even from check-in and onwards. 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.


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