RocHack is a group of hackers, engineers, builders, and friendly people who attend the University of Rochester. We love to build things that make people's lives better.

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Hacker Night, Ep. 1

Hacker Night 1 Hello again everyone!

We’re going to be kicking off Hacker Nights this semester with a session on how to build a website in 30 minutes. We’ll be teaching the basics of creating structure with HTML, applying styles with CSS, and briefly showing how you can use Javascript to make your webpages interactive. We’ll also have a quick demo of Bootstrap, a HTML/CSS/JS framework that allows developers to quickly prototype websites.

After the talk we’ll leave the rest of the night to hang out, get to know each other, and hack/learn together. Most importantly, we’ll also have snacks to keep everyone from getting hangry.

We’re really excited to get things started on a high note this semester, so we’d love for you (and your friends!) to show up and learn/hang out with us this Thursday (2/11/16) at 8pm in Hylan 301.

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Aaand we're back!

Hi everybody!

After a bit of hiatus from last semester due to hectic schedules (sorry about that) we’re incredibly happy to announce that we’re back in action this semester. We’re going to kick off the new season with an improved edition of Hacker Nights.

For those of you who are new to the scene, Hacker Nights are a weekly event hosted by RocHack dedicated to bridging what you’re doing in class with what’s actually going on in the outside tech industry. A few highlights of what we’re planning include:

  • An introduction to git, the ubiquitous version control system used in probably any CS job you’ll find
  • How to build your first website (starting out with HTML/CSS and Javascript)
  • Making web apps (TBD between Rails or React)
  • Talks from professors. In the past we’ve had Prof. Ding talk about the concepts of Object...
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RocHacks '14 results

RocHacks in full swing

We’re happy to report that RocHacks was a huge success! We had over 40 students attend our first ever 24 hour hackathon and we couldn’t have been happier with the results.

Congratulations to the three grand prize winners (there was a tie for first): Emily Eisenberg (Rochester ‘15) for her mini operating system and the team of Charles Lehner (Rochester ‘15) and Nate Book (Rochester ‘14) for their distributed IRC system, meshchat.

We also had some awesome runner ups building hacks like a video-based step sequencer, an LED staircase (which is still in process) and a Reddit notifier for chrome.

We’d like to thank everyone for coming out and being a part of our first hackathon. We hope you had as much fun hacking as we had organizing the event for you. We’d also like to thank our fantastic sponsors...

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Announcing the Spring 2014 RocHacks

Hey everyone,

We're proud to finally announce the Spring 2014 RocHack Hackathon! We looked at all of the suggestions and feedback we got from the Fall hackathon and used it to make sure this hackathon will be even better!

This time around we're going to be taking up the entire first floor of the new Rettner Building (no more crammed CSB 209). We've also arranged for this to be our first 24 hour hackathon, so you'll have 3x more time to make your hacks even better. Finally, we made sure that this hackathon would be open to all schools, so spread the word to friends at other universities!

There's plenty more awesome to be had, so check out the hackathonpage for more details.

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Welcome to the new RocHack

RocHack has a fresh new look!

Hopefully you like the new site design. If you have any feedback, feel free to open an issue on our github repository. We'll also be posting announcements for events, projects, etc. here, so feel free to subscribe via RSS if you'd like to stay up to date.

Hack on,
The RocHack team

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