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What is Polyhack?

Polyhack empowers students to solve problems at any scale using the knowledge and skills they’ve acquired through the university and beyond. All members of the Tufts community are invited to participate, whether individually or in groups. We want to bring together students from many disciplines under the umbrella of tech in a collaborative environment. This is not necessarily meant to be a place to network or start a company; our goal for Polyhack is to provide an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to creative projects. Every participant is expected to be the best they can be, and to help others be their best.

Date: October 13th and 14th, 2017



Polyhack is one of the few hackathons that allows people to work on whatever project they want to work on. As developers, you can come with a team, with an idea, or just ready to join another team. If you're already very experienced with hackathons and/or coding, we'd love for you to apply to mentor!


Polyhack is the only hackathon that runs a series of sponsored design competitions, also known as the Design Wars, as part of the event. You can work with a hackathon team and/or work on the design prompts all night long. After reviewing all the design submissions at the end of the day, the top 3 winners will get portfolio reviews with experienced designers from our sponsors.


5pm, Oct 13th-14th, 2017

Tufts University

574 Boston Avenue
Medford, MA 02155



Can I attend?

All members of the Tufts Community (and friends) are invited. Polyhack is not a traditional hackathon -- we want to cross borders with other disciplines of thought and learn from one another. If you aren't a member of the Tufts community, you must be explicitly invited.

What should I bring?

Bring a valid student ID for admission and a laptop for hacking and/or designing something together. We’ll be providing pretty much everything else—stickers, snacks, and more!

What if I've never been to a hackathon?

Tufts Polyhack is specifically designed to accommodate all levels. If you've never been to a hackathon, or are just getting stared coding don't fear! We will be holding info sessions, team-finding events, and even assign experienced mentors to lead your team.

How do teams work?

Hackathons are more fun when you work with others, so we encourage people to form teams beforehand or find teams at the event. Teams are capped at 5 people. Your team can be larger, but smaller teams will take precedence and we'll only guarantee prizes for up to 5 people.

What if I don’t have a team?

Polyhack is about meeting new people, and in that spirit, we'll have group formation events towards the beginning of the hackathon. We also have a mentorship program that'll assign experienced mentors to lead your team.

What if this FAQ didn’t answer my questions?

Don't hesitate to email us at team@tufts.io and we'll do our best to answer any questions and concerns you might have.

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