Hackathonzz Reviewsz: HackPrinceton Spring 2017

I’ll tell something for real. Princeton is awesome. As I write more of these reviews I feel that the tone gets less and less serious. But here we go.

Princeton is legit. You compare it to UofT Hacks, qhacks, there is no comparison. The US hackathons go all out. They’re probably expensed much better, but that’s just life. You take a small town suburban setting and mash a prestigious university you get Princeton, New Jersey. The place was surrounded by talent. Rutgers people, MIT, Harvard, Yale, etc. The best rest in the US. (that rhymed) I am learning slowly and surely the US take hackathons to another level above Canadians.

It’s 500 acres big. That’s tiny, depending on your scale. If you know Waterloo, that is pretty small and is 1,000 acres.

Food:

GOOOD Food. No joke. Variety, flavour, freshness. (I hate Chinese food, but even that was decent/bad Chinese food) Like we got pasta, sandwiches, pizza. The meals always had tons of food, and not running out like some unnamed hackathons. They got snacks, food, breakfast. Man it was bagels, but those Panera bagels are legit. They aren’t bagels from a bag from the supermarket. It was so awesome. Like you get good food. I can’t overstate that.

9/10 (Lost 1 point for that Chinese food)

Venue:

It’s clean and spacious. Like they said no hacking in the library, but was there anyone to kick us out? Nope. No food in the library? F the POPO. They didn’t care. We ruled and roamed. No sleeping in the venue? Well the Oasis lounge (the room where people could play boardgames and stuff) was literally a sleep haven. They set rules but it was comfy enough for anyone. I got the local hosting where I stayed at a Princeton student’s residence and that was SUPER nice. The couch was the best sleep I ever had at a hackathon. I’m almost not even mad that you can’t sleep at the venue. Princeton’s legit.

10/10 (Library was an OP hacking spot)

Prizes/Judges/Opening Ceremonies/Closing:

Okay so there was a top 10, and I’m tired. I am kinda like well I didn’t win an award. I just wanna cry when I see I lose. For real though, quicker ceremony == happier me. This was an hour and a half. That’s average.

6/10

Overall:

High tier. Top of the class. Princeton delivers in every way and beyond. This is legit tier like Hack the North and Mhacks. I said all I wanted to above. This series is for the record books. This rivals Mhacks9 for the best hackathon so far. Apply to this next time. Or actually don’t, so I can get accepted. I didn’t get accepted to this and I STILL went. And I made the right decision.

9.3/10

(Lost 0.7 for that Chinese food)

Hackathonzz Reviewsz: HackPrinceton Spring 2017

I’ll tell something for real. Princeton is awesome. As I write more of these reviews I feel that the tone gets less and less serious. But here we go.

Princeton is legit. You compare it to UofT Hacks, qhacks, there is no comparison. The US hackathons go all out. They’re probably expensed much better, but that’s just life. You take a small town suburban setting and mash a prestigious university you get Princeton, New Jersey. The place was surrounded by talent. Rutgers people, MIT, Harvard, Yale, etc. The best rest in the US. (that rhymed) I am learning slowly and surely the US take hackathons to another level above Canadians.

It’s 500 acres big. That’s tiny, depending on your scale. If you know Waterloo, that is pretty small and is 1,000 acres.

Food:

GOOOD Food. No joke. Variety, flavour, freshness. (I hate Chinese food, but even that was decent/bad Chinese food) Like we got pasta, sandwiches, pizza. The meals always had tons of food, and not running out like some unnamed hackathons. They got snacks, food, breakfast. Man it was bagels, but those Panera bagels are legit. They aren’t bagels from a bag from the supermarket. It was so awesome. Like you get good food. I can’t overstate that.

9/10 (Lost 1 point for that Chinese food)

Venue:

It’s clean and spacious. Like they said no hacking in the library, but was there anyone to kick us out? Nope. No food in the library? F the POPO. They didn’t care. We ruled and roamed. No sleeping in the venue? Well the Oasis lounge (the room where people could play boardgames and stuff) was literally a sleep haven. They set rules but it was comfy enough for anyone. I got the local hosting where I stayed at a Princeton student’s residence and that was SUPER nice. The couch was the best sleep I ever had at a hackathon. I’m almost not even mad that you can’t sleep at the venue. Princeton’s legit.

10/10 (Library was an OP hacking spot)

Prizes/Judges/Opening Ceremonies/Closing:

Okay so there was a top 10, and I’m tired. I am kinda like well I didn’t win an award. I just wanna cry when I see I lose. For real though, quicker ceremony == happier me. This was an hour and a half. That’s average.

6/10

Overall:

High tier. Top of the class. Princeton delivers in every way and beyond. This is legit tier like Hack the North and Mhacks. I said all I wanted to above. This series is for the record books. This rivals Mhacks9 for the best hackathon so far. Apply to this next time. Or actually don’t, so I can get accepted. I didn’t get accepted to this and I STILL went. And I made the right decision.

9.3/10

(Lost 0.7 for that Chinese food)

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