April 1,2023

An anti-hackathon in Boston.

At Cummings Center, Tufts University.

An "anti-hackathon"?

Beantown Bash is not your average hackathon. Here's a few things that make it special.

Make stuff, don't fake stuff

We don't care about buzzwords and flashy presentations.

Show us what you can create.

Speak for yourself

You're the judge.

You and your peers will vote for your favorite projects.

Free to create

Your project doesn't even have to be tech-related.

You can make anything, whether that's a website, an art project, or a new board game.


We've got a mission. We want to make hackathons truly fun and enjoyable. Hackathons are a way to show off your skills, whether that's coding, problem-solving, or project management. They're not just a way to build your resume.

Join us on April 1, 2023 in the Joyce Cummings Center at Tufts University, for a weekend of fun, hanging out with great people, and building something awesome.

Project Tracks

We've got a few project tracks to guide your ideas and help you make something awesome.

🍳 Refry Rehash

Find ways to mix and match your favorite things, be it tech stacks, projects, or features!

Ex. Using ChatGPT to write a picture book, and then DALL-E to create illustrations.

➡️ New Connect

The landscape of social media is shifting; can you find a new way to meaningfully connect people together?

Ex. A platform that shares real, unfiltered, 10 sec clips. A new way to perform content moderation.

🔍 Small Data, Big Ideas

Everyone is talking about big data, but can you find new ways to explore information on the community level?

Ex. Analyzing school student absences to get a read on flu spread in a city.

⭐ Other

Have an idea that doesn't fit into one of our categories? That's fine!


Beantown Bash is powered by the generous support of our sponsors. If you're interested in joining us, we'd love to talk.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a 12-48 hour event where groups of people can get together and create! Don't worry, we're not doing any computer hacking.

What's special about Beantown Bash?

We think the current hackathon scene has deviated too much from its original goal. Projects now involve sticking together as many fancy-sounding words as possible, instead of making something real and great.

We made Beantown Bash to change that.

Who is judging our projects?

We’re inviting the best judges around. People who know a great Taylor Swift song when they hear it, or an amazing app when they see it. Our judging squad is diverse, intelligent, and kick ass. You know who it is?

You! Yes, you. At Beantown Bash, our participants judge. Alongside other hackers, you will be rating projects from most exciting, to most mathy, to most… Bean.

Is there an age requirement?

Nope! High schoolers and middle schoolers are welcome! If you’re in college, we'd love for you to sign up as one of our mentors/volunteers.

If you're interested, please fill out our preregistration form.

What if I can’t program… yet?

Beantown Bash is open to any skill set and background. Can’t program? No problem! Are you a designer? Come sign up! Beantown Bash isn’t just about programming, it’s about creating. As long as you want to make some cool stuff in a 12 hour period, come on over!

Also, we're offering free mentorship and coding seminars during the event, so you can learn something new or hone your coding chops.

Where is it located?

We're planning to be in one of the buildings on the lovely Tufts University campus, right outside Boston.

Can I be a mentor?

Yes, absolutely. If you're in college or university or beyond, we'd love to have you help out.

Also, mentors in high school can apply, provided they have enough experience.

Mentors will be responsible for helping participants and optionally running workshops.

Does it cost money?

Nope! It's free! Completely free. All our finances are provided by our wonderful sponsors, so that you can focus on creating.

Who's organizing this?

We’re a tight-knit group of programmers, designers, and event hosters that have known each other since middle school.

We’ve run national hackathons amassing 780+ attendees, hosted panels with guests like Grant Sanderson (3Blue1Brown) and Bjarne Stroustrup (creator of C++), and organized the Eastern Massachusetts District Championship for FIRST Lego League.






Do I need a team?

We'd love for you to work as part of a team of up to 4. Obviously, though, you don't have to.

You can choose to sign up with a team you already have, or form a team at the event.

Is there a code of conduct?

Yes! It's important for all of our participants to be safe and supported. Beantown Bash is no place for hate or discrimination, and any incidents will be taken seriously.

Our written Code of Conduct is coming soon.

Since you've gotten this far, we'd love to have you join us. Preregister as a participant or mentor, or support us as a sponsor.