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can i participate?
In general, both undergraduate and graduate students at MIT are eligible to participate in the class and competition. Students at universities with official cross-registration programs with MIT (Wellesley, Harvard, etc) can participate too.
For more details, check out our eligibility guidelines.
does this class count for any course credit?
Web Lab counts for 6 course units at MIT, under the course number 6.148.
Cross-registered students shoud check whether these units are applicable at their university, though typically the units are accepted.
how do i sign up?
Once pre-registration/registration opens up for IAP, MIT's January term, students should be able to register for the class through its course number, 6.148.
Cross-registering students should be able to follow the same procedure for 6.148 as they would for any other class they would register for at MIT.
how much time will web.lab take?
Web Lab occurs over IAP, the January term at MIT. Lectures only run for the first two weeks, and the second two weeks are left for teams to spend unstructured time to work on their projects. How much time you spend on your website is up to you and your team, but successful teams do typically spend large amounts of time (at least 40 hours) during their last couple weeks to complete their project.
For details about the lectures, check out the class schedule.
is there any chance of winning if i'm a beginner?
Yes! Web Lab is designed for students with little to no web development experience.
Many winning teams from previous years have been composed of members who had never programmed before!
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 need you to be physically present.
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.