Hubs are a fun way for participants living in the same area to compete side-by-side during the Online Qualification Round. In previous years, hub organizers reserved large rooms (e.g. at a university) where teams watched the introductory livestream together. Hub participants also competed in our photo contest and the teams with the best submissions were awarded Google goodies. We're sure you can tell from the Google+ photos that hubs are a great way to increase the level of excitement and competition, and allow you to meet new people in the process.
Yes, absolutely! You just need to participate from your hub :) We recommend that you set up the room one hour before the competition starts; managing the hub should require minimal time during the competition itself.
If you’d like to organize a hub, great! Please sign up today by filling in this form.
Unfortunately there is no way to transfer hub ownership. Please cancel your existing hub and tell the new hub owner to register the hub again on our site using their contact details. If there are participants already registered for your hub, please be sure to email them to let them know that you are cancelling and re-registering the hub. These participants will need to sign up for the new hub listing via the Judge System once it’s been submitted.
You can begin making arrangements for your hub once you’ve received an email that your hub has been confirmed. Take a look at the information below to learn how to make your hub an exciting experience for all participants!
You will need a room large enough to host all the participants you expect.
The room should be equipped with:
From our own experience, we also encourage you to check with the operators of your building if some specific action needs to be taken to ensure power, lighting, air conditioning (if any) and toilets will remain available in the evening. If you’re hosting a hub at a location where there was a hub in 2016, we recommend speaking to the previous organizer to get their feedback and suggestions.
You can update the information about your hub that’s displayed in our hub list by visiting the hub organizer signup form and logging in with the same Google Account that you used when you initially registered.
If you are based in any of the countries on this list and register by 1st February, we will be able to send you Google goodies! As mentioned previously, please make sure to encourage your friends, colleagues and classmates to sign up early. We will take a look at the number of registrations for your hub on 1st February to determine how many goodies we’ll send your way.
When participants form teams in the Judge System, they’ll have the option to select a hub to join for the Online Qualification Round. In the Hub Manager section of the Judge System, you can access the list of participants who have signed up to compete from your hub. Please keep an eye on these registrations - when your hub has reached its capacity, you can mark it as complete in the Judge System to prevent further teams from selecting it.
We recommend that you send an email to all participants competing from your hub 2-3 days before the Online Qualification Round to remind them of your hub location and the competition start time. Check out the email template below.
My name is [NAME] and I’m the organizer for the Hash Code hub at [LOCATION]. This email is to confirm the details for our hub:
If you have any questions you can email me directly. Thanks!
Here is a suggested timeline:
Announce the final results and thank all the participants who joined from your hub by sending them an email.