PennApps Mentoring

We think hackathons should be about learning and meeting new people, so we’re here to make it happen. Read all about our initiatives, and join us for a new kind of mentoring experience!

Beginner Guides

To help you learn to hack and learn new technologies, we have our archive of tech talks and guides developed by the team on lots of useful topics.

Request A Mentor

If you’ve checked in, you should already have an invitation. If you aren’t on the PennApps Slack or haven’t been invited, email [email protected]

  1. Go to the Mentor Bot channel and type @mentorbot followed by your question.
  2. Mentor Bot will prompt you to add relevant tags to your question (e.g. #node.js #azure)
  3. Your question will be sent to all available mentors! If a mentor can help you, they will pick up your question and you will be put into a private group chat with the mentor.

Through the Pairing System

  1. Fill out the form at, detailing your question. You will need to be logged in to see the page.
  2. The PennApps Mentorship team receives the request and finds an available mentor for you. Active matching will be occurring from Friday 8 pm - midnight and Saturday 8 am to midnight.
  3. You will receive an email with the mentor’s contact information. Contact the mentor and arrange a place to meet (we suggest Mentorship Central, in the Engineering Cafe, as an easily identifiable location)

If you ever have any questions, don’t hesitate to come to Mentorship Central in the Engineering Cafe for help!

Workshops at PennApps

At PennApps, we host several events for both our new and experienced hackers. Friday night, we will have intro to hacking talks on topics like Civic Hacking, User Centered Design, Intro to Web Dev, Android, and iOS. We also have additional workshops on Saturday afternoon on the topics of Machine Learning APIs, Data Innovation and Its Role in Healthcare, Hardware, Ruby, and What Investors Don’t Tell You About Pitching. You can find the schedule here.

There will be a team formation event on Friday night for both Hacker Guru teams and regular teams. A women’s meetup will occur on Saturday as well. Times and locations for the workshops can be found in your program or under logistics on You can also find mentors in the Mentor Hub (Engineering Cafe) for most of the weekend!

Dining Philosophers Resources

PennApps has teamed up with the Dining Philosophers (Penn’s CS club) to teach new hackers the basics of hacking! The Dining Philosophers has a bunch of homegrown workshops and tutorials on all sorts of useful subjects for new hackers like HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Click here to see all the information from the tutorials, including slides, and code samples. We particularly recommend the Code Weekend series of workshops that are a brilliant intro to Web Development.

Other Resources

You can find other resources for Routes and from our sponsors at our Resources Page.