My main computer is my laptop: a Lenovo ThinkPad T450s.
Sponsorship is essential to this event, because without sponsors you don’t have any source of funding, objectives for prizes, judges, or a source of tech talks. Sponsorship should be sought out early, about 3-4 months before the start of the event.
Local Hack Day is an event I organized in both Fall 2016 and again a few days ago in Fall 2017. It’s a 12-hour hackathon held at multiple universities around the world, with help from Major League Hacking. I’m writing this post as a way to document 1) what planning is required in order to organize an LHD (specifically at Temple University, but can be generalized for other situations), and 2) as a way of passing down this knowledge to other students (both here and at other schools) to organize more in the future. I organized this event largely by myself both times, but it is very helpful to spread this responsibility between several people so it’s not too stressful for one person.