Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility and Registration

I am not an MIT student. Can I take the class?

If you are attending a university which has an official cross-registration program with MIT (Harvard, Wellesley, etc.), than you can take the class for credit. Otherwise, feel free to listen in on our lectures anyway!

I am not an MIT student. Can I compete in the competition?

If you are an undergraduate student at a university which has an official cross-registration program with MIT (Harvard, Wellesley, etc.), then you are eligible to compete for prizes. If you are a full-time undergraduate at a university that doesn't fit the aforementioned criteria, than you must be on a team with two other team members that are eligible to compete. Otherwise, you may sit in on the class but not compete.

I am an MIT student, and I won't be able to take the class for credit. Can I still compete?

Yes!

I won't be here for part of IAP. Can I still compete?

We highly encourage you be here for IAP to attend lectures, and some milestones this year involve you physically being here as well. However, if this cannot be avoided, then so long as either you or at least one of your teammates can be here for the semifinalist judging then you can still compete.

How do I get my cross-registration form signed?

Bring your form to the first day of class and one of the instructors can sign it for you.

How do I drop the class?

Email the staff to let us know, and we will automatically drop you at the end of IAP.

Github

I am a MIT student and I don't have a github.mit.edu account

You must visit github.mit.edu first and log in with your certificates to activate the account. Before you do so, we won't be able to add you to any github.mit.edu repositories.

I am not a MIT student and don't have access to a github.mit.edu account

Make sure you have a github.com account, and we will create a repository for you on github.com.

I can't push/pull/clone from my repository on github.mit.edu

Make sure you are cloning using SSH! e.g. git clone git@github.mit.edu:/username/repo.git. Your username/password will be your kerberos credentials.