Major League Hacking (MLH) is the official student hackathon league. Each year, we power over 200 weekend-long invention competitions that inspire innovation, cultivate communities and teach computer science skills to more than 65,000 students around the world. MLH is an engaged and passionate maker community, consisting of the next generation of technology leaders and entrepreneurs.
We’re excited to announce the official launch of the 2020 Major League Hacking Hackathon Season! Our 2020 Season will run from August 2019 through June 2020 and will feature over 200 amazing student hackathons worldwide.
If you’ve been to a hackathon already and are ready to sign up for your first event of the new Season, the North American & European schedules have the most up to date list of Member Events. Be sure to keep a close eye on the schedule, we’ll be adding many more great hackathons to our roster over the next few months! For real-time updates on events as they are added, follow us on Twitter and Facebook or join our Mailing List today!
You might be asking yourself, “What is a hackathon?,” and you’re not alone! Thousands of people are discovering or attending hackathons for the first time every year. Hackathons are weekend-long “invention marathons” where attendees dream up ideas for apps, websites, robots, and more! Then they bring them to life over the course of a weekend.
What is a hackathon?
Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been programming since an early age, hackathons are a great place to learn new skills, build your network, find jobs, and have fun. In fact, last year 78,000 hackers like you came out to the hackathons in MLH’s Season and there’s no sign of things slowing down!
The 2019 Season Recap
The 2019 Hackathon Season was an incredible journey. Last year alone we empowered 78,000 hackers across 220 hackathons where they created over 11,000 projects!
Here’s a look back at some of our favorite moments:
Diversity and Inclusion Blossomed!
We partnered with 23 hackathons focused on encouraging and empowering underrepresented groups in tech. One example is Technica, an event in Maryland that hosted over 800 female and non-binary hackers. At this event, we also celebrated and welcomed a new generation of problem solvers with one of our youngest hackers, Alexandra N, at only 4 years old!
Alexandra Neelbauer @youngesthacker #YoungestHacker
Leaders Got Involved!
Influential leaders in the tech industry started to join in on the hacker movement. Scott Forstall, the founder of iOS, gave the opening keynote at TreeHacks. We’ve also heard from the Sacramento Kings, who sponsored SacHacks, and the president of Slovakia, Andrej Kiska, who gave an inspiring speech at Hack Kosice.
Organizers Focused on Fun
We saw new and creative mini-events at our 2019 Season Hackathons: BeachHacks had an egg hunt complete with piñatas, providing a festive and fun way to unwind! uOttaHack had ice skating outdoors, much to hacker’s chilly delight. And McHacks featured a petting zoo full of furry animals, going a step beyond therapy dogs!
We can’t wait to see how the 2020 Hackathon Season grows beyond our wildest dreams.
Sign up for one of the first 2020 Season events listed below to Learn, Build, and Share with hackers from around the world. We can’t wait to see what you build!
And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for! Here are the first group of events of the official Major League Hacking 2020 Hackathon Season:
HackMTY – Aug 24 – 25th in Monterrey, MX
HackMTY is the largest student hackathon in Mexico and will be back at Tecnologico de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey for its sixth edition! In previous Seasons, we’ve seen hacks that make videogames more accessible and immersing, tools to detect breast cancer, and other applications of disruptive and emergent technologies. HackMTY is an amazing event that has created a platform to empower the Mexican and Latinamerican hacker community.
ShellHacks – Sep 20 – 22nd in Miami, FL
Make a splash at ShellHacks, Florida’s largest hackathon! Spend 36 hours in sunny Miami, where 1,000 students will gather to learn, build, and share their latest creations at Florida International University’s Ocean Bank Arena. Featuring top companies, interactive workshops, fun activities, and delicious meals, this a wave you don’t want to miss!
SunHacks – Sep 20 – 22nd in Tempe, AZ
Come visit SunHacks for it’s third year in a row! Held in sunny Arizona, SunHacks welcomes all kinds of backgrounds and skill levels to promote the sharing of ideas, technologies, and network connections. With the support of the growing Phoenix tech community, SunHacks is ready and able to provide ample learning opportunities to all participants.
GrizzHacks – Sep 28 – 29 in Rochester, MI
GrizzHacks is proud to be the largest 24-hour hackathon in metro Detroit, offering engaging tech talks, interactive demos, and great food! Join us September 28 to unleash your inner innovator.
HackUTD – Nov 9 – 10th in Richardson, TX
HackUTD is the largest university hackathon in North Texas, and just keeps growing, with over 650 hackers at HackUTD 19. Join us for 24 hours as we build apps, hardware and more at the beautiful UT Dallas campus. Whether you’re a seasoned hackathon goer or just getting started, we’d love to see you at HackUTD VI! Check them out on Facebook and Twitter or learn more at hackutd.co
BostonHacks – Nov 16 – 17th in Boston, MA
BostonHacks is Boston University’s 24-hour hackathon taking place this year November 16-17. Come help celebrate their fifth birthday by joining a weekend full of celebratory hacking.
DurHack (EU) – Nov 23 – 24th in Durham, UK
Get ready for DurHack 2019 – Durham CompSoc’s flagship annual hackathon! We’re super excited to bring DurHack to more hackers this year as we focus on making sure DurHack is super beginner friendly. We’ll be running plenty of build-up workshops and prizes exclusively for first-time hackers, so this definitely isn’t a hackathon to miss. Featuring top sponsors, technical and non-technical activities, great food and so much more, you can pre-register now at durhack.com. Join 150 hackers at DurHack this year to create, innovate and push technology to new limits!
Hack Arizona – Jan 17 – 19th in Tucson, AZ
Hack Arizona is the largest collegiate Hackathon in the Southwest and seeks to foster a culture of hacker mentality, social good and entrepreneurship open and inclusive to anyone with an interest in technology. At Hack Arizona, individuals can learn about new technology, collaborate with a team on a project and participate in any of several activities hosted throughout the event.
BrickHack – Feb 8 – 9th in Rochester, NY
BrickHack is Rochester Institute of Technology’s annual premiere collegiate hackathon and is back for the 6th time! It is a 24-hour “invention marathon.” An event where around 650 designers, developers, and engineers come together to work on their ideas, solve challenges and learn new skills.
PickHacks – Apr 3 – 5th in Rolla, MO
PickHacks is back! This year, over 500 hackers will join us to build projects around the theme of entertainment. Come build with us and the Midwest tech community!
Where are you hacking this season?
Visit the MLH’s 2020 Season Page to view all the events that are currently part of the 2020 MLH Hackathon Season and sign up for your favorites. We’ll be adding many more events this summer, so be sure to check back regularly.
Interested in bringing a hackathon to your school?
Want to bring a hackathon to your local community? We’re here to help! You can apply now for your hackathon to become a Member Event or email email@example.com to learn more about the application process.
Questions or comments? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you soon!
Forgive us for being super late on this post, but we are very excited to announce that the University of Waterloo has won the Official 2018 North America MLH Hackathon Season!
The 2018 MLH North America Hackathon Season (running from August 2017 – July 2018) included 154 amazing events, 70,000 hackers, and 10,000 projects. We also saw the first ever hackathon at the Vatican hosted by a North American organizing team to hack for social good, bringing the League to a new global audience. The University of Waterloo beat out 2270 other schools by having 3221 students participating in over 157 events! In addition to that 30 of those events had Waterloo students place in the top 3!
Here were the top 10 North America schools:
The University of Waterloo
The University of Toronto
The University of Florida
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Georgia Institute of Technology
The University of Maryland, College Park
New York University
The University of California, Berkeley
The University of Southern California
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Each Hackathon Season, MLH determines a school winner through a combination of merit points (earned when students from your school build winning projects) and participation points (earned when students from your school participate at a hackathon).
With their annual hackathons, Hack the North (5th edition) and StarterHacks both having close to 1000 participants each, it is only appropriate to also congratulate the students from University of Waterloo on spreading hacker culture by both attending and winning more North American hackathons than any other universities.
Courtesy of Hack the North photographer, Victoria Canning-Choi
The University of Waterloo’s Engineering Society’s EngHack is the official University of Waterloo’s tech society and has continued to influence the growth of this community in many ways. More students are now traveling to hackathons in the Waterloo region. This past year’s venue for Hack the North included a new addition, Engineering 7, a state-of-the-art facility under the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Engineering and allowed almost the entire event to fit under one roof for the first time!
We reached out to Corbin McElhanney who heads up the Hack the North organization to learn what has contributed to the success of the community over the years.
What were your visions for the community this year?
Courtesy of Hack the North photographer, Victoria Canning-Choi
The past five years have been formative years for Hack the North. Since the organization was founded in 2014, we have grown immensely as the greater hackathon community continues to expand and attract more diverse audiences. This year we’re taking a step back to consider where Hack the North, and the greater hackathon community, might be going in the next five years.
Hack the North started as a leader of change in the hackathon space, trying many new models that were either shelved for the time being or have now become more mainstream. We’re privileged to have such an ability to shape the hackathon community, and we hope to use this position to address and change issues not only within the hackathon space but within the greater tech industry. After taking a hard look at the goals we currently set for ourselves, we’ll be redefining what our organization stands for to address better the challenges we’re facing, and set a clear vision for Hack the North 2019 and beyond.
What does it mean for you all to win the League?
Courtesy of Hack the North photographer, Victoria Canning-Choi
It’s an honor to be recognized, across all schools in North America, as the leading participant in what continues to be one of the most valuable learning opportunities for curious and passionate students. We think this reflects not only the immense potential of our student body but also its desire to share these experiences with more and more people, both familiar and new.
For us as hackathon organizers, winning the League is an impetus for us to continue what we’re doing. It is an affirmation of the effect we’re having on thousands upon thousands of students, and a great way to begin 2019.
Courtesy of Hack the North photographer, Victoria Canning-Choi
How do you all build out such a great hacker culture?
“To us, excellent hacker culture is one where everyone feels open to learning from others, sharing their failures with others, and building what might seem crazy.”
We’ve always believed that what makes hackathons unique is the environment it creates where people can share their experiences, their knowledge, their questions, and their passions. Our goal as an organization is to allow anyone to dream big, and we reinforce this in everything we do. For our organizing team and all the participants in our events, we encourage people to be open and comfortable with each other, because this will allow them to operate at their best and most curious.
How has MLH affected Hack the North and the growth of the hackathon/community over the past years?
Photography by JiaJia Kong – At StarterHacks
MLH and Hack the North were founded around the same time, and have been close partners ever since. MLH has been a constant partner in our quest to put on unique events, and have been there to help whenever we’ve asked. As an organization, they’ve helped hundreds of new events get on their feet, spread the hacker culture to schools big and small, and continued to drive new initiatives for the hackathon community to grow. We’ve been happy to partner with them for each of the five iterations of Hack the North so far, and we look forward to many more in the future.
For younger hackathons such as StarterHacks, MLH has been a welcome partner to collaborate with and has assisted in scaling these events to a larger scale. MLH does a great job in aligning itself with its partner hackathons and their goals, adding meaningful value to every event they support.
Want to win this season?
Major League Hacking’s 2019 season is already in high gear, and in-progress standings will be available soon. There are many awesome North American MLH Member Event hackathons announced and many more to come. Attend an event near your school soon!
Time flies when you’re having fun hacking! Over the past few months, we at Major League Hacking have been working closely with organizers to help ensure you all have a great experience at any Member Event you attend. We supported 90 Member Events with more than 50,000 hackers in attendance!
Here are few recent highlights:
We supported our first Member Event in Russia with the 400person Hack.Moscow!
Hackathons are getting more popular among our younger community. 5 new high school hackathons were invited to join our League this year!
In addition to our 90 events in the Fall, you can expect to see more than 150 amazing Member Events in the Spring semester. Our official North America and Europe Season Pages are updated as we continue to approve more Member Events, so be sure to keep an eye out and register early as we add many more hackathons over the next few months.
One our most favorite aspects of planning out the new season at MLH is figuring out what mascot to have for the year! This year, we welcome Crypto the Chameleon as our mascot.
With the help of Capital One, one of the fastest-growing tech companies out there, we have been able to showcase our mascot on our official MLH t-shirts. Participate in one of our MLH mini-events to snatch one today!
Lots of new hacker benefits
As a Public Benefit Corporation, MLH’s mission is to empower hackers. A lot of you have already had a chance this Fall to experience some of the freebies and perks available across our Member Events this season. Perhaps you had the opportunity to win 1 of the 10 prizes we are offering at each event!
Our team wants to make sure you have access to lots of software resources like Google Cloud Platform and Domain.com .com, .net, and .org domain names while also getting to exercise your hardware chops in the MLH Hardware Lab sponsored by Digi-Key which includes awesome devices like Fitbit Ionics, hundreds of Digi-Key electronics components, and much more!
Last year, we delivered over $300 worth of benefits and technologies to each hacker who attended an MLH hackathon. That’s nearly $20,000,000 in value that we were able to bring to hackers in our community. We can’t wait to top that this year, so stay tuned for our ever-growing list of hacker resources from our amazing sponsors!
Here’s some of our upcoming Spring Member Events to look out for:
ConUHacks IV is one of the largest hackathons happening in the heart of downtown Montreal. You have 24 hours to learn new technologies and build a creative project that will win our judges over, not to mention the opportunity to eat great food, mingle with people from the hacker community, and attend workshops hosted by representatives from some of the top tech companies in Montreal.
nwHacks is the largest collegiate hackathon in the Pacific Northwest, and they’re beyond excited to welcome over 650 hackers for the 5th iteration of our event in Vancouver, held at the University of British Columbia!
On February 2-3, 2019, Auburn University’s Computer Science and Software Engineering department will host its first Major League Hacking event. With backing from a strong engineering department and lucrative recruiting prospects, AuburnHacks will provide an exciting weekend of learning and competition for programmers around the country.
MakeHarvard is a 24-hour hardware-focused makeathon on Harvard’s historic campus. Targeted towards designers and engineers of all disciplines, MakeHarvard provides a venue for students to build the creations of their dreams to solve the tough problems of tomorrow.
Come create, build, and play at McHacks, Canada’s original collegiate hackathon, on February 2-3, 2019. It’ll be a weekend to remember with beginner-to-pro workshops, decked-out hardware, delicious food, and some epic hacking.
Come take the yellow brick road to Lawrence Kansas where the 3rd annual Hackathon at KU is being held! The hackathon will take place from February 8th – 10th, and will be centered around a mystery theme… announced at the event. Participants will have the opportunity to network with companies, develop creative and innovative tech, and possibly win some of our many prizes.
As a community member excited to discover events where you can learn, build and share, we don’t need to tell you twice that Hackathons are not just pizza and computer screens.
There’s so much more the hackathon experience can offer you.
That’s why we’re delighted to share some of the ways the team over at TreeHacks have worked to develop cool resources for you to have a great time at their hackathon in 2019, which has applications open until Monday, November 19th!
Head over to their website to discover how they’ll be incorporating music, cookie decorating, yoga, food, and then extend you the opportunity to build incredible projects with incredible people. All this good stuff has the MLH team and the organizing team asking: could TreeHacks perhaps be the best 36 hours of your year?
So what’s happening in 2019?
Every year the TreeHacks team picks three verticals for hackers to work on, here’s a preview of what you can expect:
A core hope of technology is improving personal and public safety for all. From helping recovery operations for natural disasters to rethinking transportation to developing precautions for school shootings, safety offers a breadth of critical, timely problems to solve.
Health tech continues to be one of the most innovative and impactful interdisciplinary applications of technology. Explore biotechnology, medicine, and health-related fields as you hack to improve and solve some of the world’s most pressing health crises.
Current events have shown that a lack of awareness can foster unhealthy discourse, divisive climates, and biased decisions. Tackle the critical challenge of increasing awareness, transparency, and exposure to inspire a better future and show technology’s positive power.
What are some notable the projects from last year?
Hackathon projects can take many forms here two particularly exciting projects include an accessible water heater that operates at 90% energy efficiency and could save 5 gallons of water per average shower! As well as a hack that lets you use a desk as a computer: where individual the pieces of paper can operate as windows!
Innovative projects like these allow you to explore your imagination; build things you find relevant and be part of the growing student hacker movement.
We are very excited to announce that the University of Manchester has won the Official 2018 Europe MLH Hackathon Season, maintaining their leading status in the League from 2017.
Here were the top 10 Europe schools:
University of Manchester
King’s College London
Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
University College London
Imperial College London
The University of Sheffield
The University of Edinburgh
City University London
The University of St Andrews
The 2018 MLH Europe Hackathon Season (running from August 2017 – July 2018) included 28 amazing events, 6,000+ hackers and 1,000+ projects. We also saw the first ever hackathon at the Vatican to hack for social good, bringing the Europe League to a new global audience.
Each Hackathon Season, MLH determines a school winner through a combination of merit points (earned when students from your school build winning projects) and participation points (earned when students from your school simply participate at a hackathon).
With their annual hackathon, GreatUniHack, happening this weekend with over 200 participants, it is only appropriate to also congratulate the students from University of Manchester and HackSoc on spreading hacker culture by both attending and winning more European hackathons than any other universities.
HackSoc is the official University of Manchester’s tech society and has continued to influence the growth of this community in many ways. More students are now travelling to hackathons outside the UK than ever before. More first year students, who were initially afraid of signing up for hackathons, are now signing up. And more students from outside Computer Science are joining their events, resulting in more diverse people from more diverse backgrounds participating in hackathons.
We reached out to Luke Beamish who helps manage the Manchester Society to learn what has contributed to the success of the community over the years.
What were your visions for the community this year?
We hope to build on the success of previous committees and expand the society to be more open for students without the traditional CS background. We also aim to foster more friendly links with other universities, using their own experiences to help them grow.
How does HackSoc build out such a great hacker culture?
We share all hackathons that might be happening and are of interest school wide. We encourage students to go to augment their learning. The department helps by offsetting costs, providing access to hardware and recognising wins and interesting hacks. We run our own hackathons where people who have never been to hackathons before can get their feet wet before taking the plunge.
How has MLH affected HackSoc and the growth of GreatUniHack over the past years?
MLH played a major role in helping to get our early hackathons organised and therefore helped lay the foundations of the society we have today. More recently, success in the league has helped to boost our image and make our volunteers proud to be a part a flourishing community.Winning the MLH Europe League means recognition in the fact that we are indeed doing something right as a society when it comes to attending and building winning projects at hackathons and encourages their members to attend even more MLH events this season.
Make sure to congratulate the hackers from the University of Manchester for maintaining their leadership position in the community and spreading hacker culture to the world!
Want to win this season?
Major League Hacking’s 2019 season is already in high gear and in-progress standings will be available soon. There are 16 awesome Europe MLH Member Event hackathons announced and many more to come. Attend an event near your school soon!
If you went to a hackathon this season, there’s a good chance you encountered the Ethical Tech Initiative from MLH with support from Omidyar Network’s Tech and Society Solutions Lab. At every event, we had a quick quiz hackers could take to think about some questions around ethics in technology. We had over 4500 hackers take the quiz, which got them a cool sticker to boot!
In addition to the quiz, hackers who submitted projects this season received a follow-up survey asking them to think about their projects in the context of ethics. It asked them to think of any unintended consequences their technology could have on society and the world at large. The best response would win something really awesome: A $10,000 prize to go to a conference of their choosing! We had a ton of high quality responses, and we slowly narrowed it down to 20 finalists. These finalists were teams who really did an A+ job of thinking in-depth about the consequences their technology could have. The responses were an absolute delight to read, and we hope that the teams found it a constructive and fun exercise.
But there could only be one winner.
After reading all of the responses, we eventually honed in on the one grand prize winner for the ethical tech scholarship. The essay was submitted by Keefer Rourke and his teammates, Alexander Parent and Salem Abuammer, who created their project Stegamsg at MHacks X. The team really showed an understanding of the current technology climate on a level that blew us away — they cited many real world examples and showed a deep understanding of the effect technology can have on society at large. Keefer and his team will be going to a conference of their choice on a $10,000 scholarship from MLH for their hard work.
We want to thank the thousands of hackers who took part in our initiative, and we hope it was an engaging thought exercise and learning experience. It’s been a delight to see the positive response we’ve gotten from this, and we’re glad that we’ve taken a step towards starting these conversations around the implications of technology. And finally, we’d like to give a huge thanks to Omidyar Network’s Tech and Society Solutions Lab for supporting this initiative and helping us to empower our hacker community. You can read their summary of the initiative here, where they dive more in depth around the challenge!
Since the 2014 launch of Major League Hacking in the UK, the European hacker community has grown by leaps and bounds. We’ve been excited to watch the spread of student hackathons throughout mainland Europe, making this community accessible to thousands of new hackers. That’s why we are so proud to announce the next evolution of MLH Hackcon Europe, hosted by GitHub.
To make the MLH organizer community more accessible for all European hacker community organizers, we will be holding two different one-day MLH Hackcon Europe events in 2018. The first MLH Hackcon Europe in Berlin will happen on Saturday, September 29th and the next MLH Hackcon Europe in London is happening on Saturday October 6th.
At previous Hackcon EU conferences, we received feedback from attendees that it was too difficult to travel across the continent to one conference, this change is a direct result of that feedback.
If you weren’t able to participate before, we hope you can join us at either or both of these two new events! We can’t wait to meet you! To maintain the cohesiveness of the larger MLH organizer community in Europe, we’ll even be connecting the attendees of both events digitally before and after the conferences and we’ll be sharing learnings and sessions between the two conferences so that you can all learn from and meet each other.
We’ve also reduced ticket prices to 50 (GBP for London, EUR for Berlin) for super early bird buyers and 80 for last minute buyers. Plus, we transformed MLH Hackcon Europe into a one-day conference to make the event easier to attend for people who might have work, hackathons, or other commitments on a weekend.
Any organizers who worked on an MLH Member Event, Localhost event, or Local Hack Day will be eligible to receive discounted tickets to either MLH Hackcon Europe conference. In addition, GitHub will again be providing their scholarship fund to cover conference tickets for any organizers who require financial assistance. If you’re so inclined, we would even love to see you at both MLH Hackcon Europe events this Fall!
What Can I Expect at MLH Hackcon Europe: London and Berlin?
As an attendee you’ll get to participate in interactive workshops, talks, discussion groups, and fun activities. It’s a once-a-year opportunity for veteran organizers and newcomers alike to work together to share their perspectives and learn from one another.
If you’re curious about what we learned last year, check out some of these talks from our community members at MLH Hackcon EU III:
Jonathan Kingsley shared tips and tricks on how to put on a fun, inclusive, and well-designed hackathon that’s not all about staring at a screen.
Putting the Fun in Hackathon - MLH Hackcon EU III - YouTube
Arielle Vaniderstine taught organizers how to run engaging workshops to inspire beginner hackers and make hackathons more welcoming.
Running Engaging Workshops for Beginners - MLH Hackcon EU III - YouTube
Abdulhakim Ajetunmobi covered how to start a university hacker community from scratch with just your passion and hard work.
Starting from 0 - MLH Hackcon EU III - YouTube
This year, we’ll be covering four important themes at MLH Hackcon Europe London and Berlin. We’d love for you to submit your own talk, workshop, or discussion to share your expertise on these subjects with your fellow organizers. Speakers even receive a free conference ticket!
Supporting hackers beyond hackathons – Hackathons are only one part of being a hacker. We want you to share your expertise on how to engage your local community and help expand their skills outside of hackathons.
Creating awesome hacker experiences – Share best practices and innovations on the hacker experience. You could cover ways to make hackers feel special, ensuring they make the most of their event experience, preventing surprises as an organizer, and more!
Cultivating leadership – How do you build a strong team of leaders and future leaders within your community? Find leadership practices you can employ to make the best hackathon, workshops, and clubs.
Including all hackers – Take steps to make everyone feel welcome and valued at your events and in your community. Move beyond just getting people to the party, but also asking them to dance. How do you and your team approach this and how can other organizers learn from your experience?
We can’t wait to meet you this Fall in London and Berlin and we hope you have an amazing summer!
Please reach out to our team at email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns.
Today we’re excited to announce the 2019 Major League Hacking Hackathon Season! The 2019 Season includes the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters and will feature 200+ amazing student hackathons for you to choose from. Our official North America Season Page has the most updated list of Member Events, so be sure to keep an eye out and register early. We’ll be adding even more great hackathons in North America over the next few months and we’ll be launching our official Europe Season Page on June 30th!
Lots of new hacker benefits As a Public Benefit Corporation (B Corp), MLH’s mission is to empower hackers. Soon, we’ll be announcing some exciting new Season sponsors that will make your hackathon experience even more awesome! MLH will give you access to their bleeding edge hardware (sneak preview below), software platforms, and more. In just a month, we’ll also be announcing our 2019 Season Mascot, we hope you’re as excited as we are for the newest batch of Hackathon Season t-shirts and stickers.
Interested in organizing a hackathon? We know many hackers have such a transformational time at a hackathon that they want to organize one back in their own community! You can apply now to become a Member Event or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!
A message from our Commissioner, Chi Nguyen:
It’s been a year since I signed on as Commissioner at MLH and I’m so impressed by the impact our community leaders have had on their local hacker communities. Being Commissioner has given me the opportunity to meet with so many organizers and hackers and learn what motivates you all to spend your weekends building inspiring new projects. More importantly, your stories have given us a better understanding of what types of events you’re looking to attend. We’ll be continuing to work with organizers to ensure that the MLH League can offer events that align with your evolving needs as a hacker. Here are some highlights from last season:
62,000 student hackers attended 182 Member Events and created more than 10,000 projects over the entire Season.
The largest female, femme nonbinary 1,000-person hackathon (SheHacks) took place for the first time and was followed by 3 more women-only / non-binary hackathons simultaneously taking place the weekend after (T9Hacks, WicHacks, PearlHacks).
The first hackathon held at the Vatican took place to build hacks to address social impact issues affecting people all over the world. (VHacks)
And now, meet our first North American student hackathons!
We’re launching the 2019 Season slightly earlier than in previous years. We want to give you as much time as possible to register for your favorite hackathons and prepare for the Fall 2018 semester. Our early launch also allows us to work more closely with local organizers to help them build successful communities and events just in time for you all to go back to school! Check out our initial batch of Member hackathons below. Which ones are you planning to attend?
HackMTY is the largest student hackathon in Mexico and will be back at Tecnologico de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey for its fifth edition! In previous Seasons, we’ve seen hacks ranging from tools to help Olympic athletes to measure their performance to applications that help people hide TV show spoilers from showing up on their social media feeds using computer vision. HackMTY is an amazing event that has created a platform to empower the Mexican hacker community.
Bytehacks offers an environment for female-identifying college and HS students to create tech projects of positive social impact. While not organized by one specific school or university, the event’s planning team is made up of driven leaders from local high schools and universities. ByteHacks is being held at Thoughtworks New York City on September 1st – 2nd and will include workshops on topics like machine learning and VR. Plus, you’ll get to hear from inspiring speakers like the CEO of Adafruit and build tech projects for Social Impact, all while surrounded by talented women hackers from all over the Northeast. (Beginners welcome!).
Get your terminals (and beach balls) ready for ShellHacks, Florida International University’s upcoming Fall hackathon! Spend 36 hours in beautiful Miami where hundreds of students will gather to learn, build, and share their latest and greatest creations. Featuring top companies, interactive workshops, fun activities, and amazing meals, this is a hacking experience you won’t want to miss.
HopHacks Fall 2018 will take place at the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University from September 14-16! You may sign up at their website to be notified when registration opens in mid-July. Last year nearly 40% of attendees were first-time hackers! To assist beginners, the team had a Data Science track to introduce participants to different applications and real-world problems in machine learning. The Data Science track includes an intro workshop which teaches beginners how to tackle tasks that they may find intimidating at first and guides them towards success so that they become more confident in their ability to take on Computer Science problems in the future.
RamHacks, hosted September 22nd-23rd in Richmond, VA, is one of Virginia’s premier hackathons. They are known for bringing the best Richmond has to offer like combining the best local restaurants and food trucks to cater the event. Be on the lookout for new prizes this year, as they are doubling the value of their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes! Check out out their website at for more info or email the team at email@example.com.
VolHacks 2018 is coming back again for round three! Come join them this fall at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville for an amazing 36 hours of innovation, collaboration, and networking with awesome people (like you!). Make sure to follow VolHacks on Twitter for regular updates. We look forward to seeing you there on September 28th!
Taking place in sunny San Diego, SD Hacks has been one of California’s largest hackathons since 2015. With more mentorship and support for both hardware and software hackers, SD Hacks 2018 is shaping up to be an unforgettable weekend of building, learning, and collaboration.
Looking to inspire and challenge our attendees, HackGT 5: Dare to Venture will help students learn and develop skills needed to compete, explore new technologies, and turn their curiosities into reality.
Participants will be welcomed by friendly campgrounds, lush landscapes, and a spirit of adventure — inspired by the diverse beauty of America’s National Parks from Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon to the Olympic Peninsula and Denali.
This year, BigRed//Hacks is throwing it back with their theme: Hack to the Future! Join them as they blast to the past while hackers learn, build, and celebrate the 6th iteration of Cornell’s hackathon!
Power The Future is an exciting collaboration between the students of the VCU College of Engineering and Dominion Energy with a broad range of cross-disciplinary challenges that encourage more diverse teams to form. Their mission of “Imagine. Build. Deliver.” aligns perfectly with our “Learn. Build. Share.” motto and we’re excited to feature this hackathon for the first time! Join hundreds of students from all across the US and compete for over $7,000 in prizes.
Hack Western is one of Canada’s largest annual student-run hackathons and will be taking place at Western University in Ontario. Hack Western 5 will welcome more than 600 students on November 23rd to 25th, 2018.
Hi y’all, I’m Chi! I’m the new Commissioner at Major League Hacking and I’m super excited to join this community.
In my previous life, I developed new internal products within the insurance world, managed product communications for a loyalty startup, and most recently taught adults how to enter the startup world and launch their own products. I joined MLH a few months ago to be part of a fast-growing movement: to empower a younger and more diverse generation to build technology and change the world. Last season, we helped empower 65,000 hackers that attended MLH events around the world. I’m working with our team on new diversity and inclusion initiatives as well as ways to grow the overall MLH hacker community. I’d love to hear from you about what you’d like to see from MLH – just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible at hackathons this Fall and learning more about what brought you to this community. Please don’t hesitate to reach out anytime if you would like to chat.
What’s New for the 2018 Season
The official MLH 2018 Hackathon Season launched on Friday, July 14th, 2017. It will run from August 2017 to July 2018 and will include 250 hackathons to choose from! We can’t wait to return to our favorites and we’re excited to showcase even more new hackathons this season. Check our official MLH Member Events Page regularly to see any newly launched events.
This season we’re thrilled to empower hackers with tons of great tech, swag, and other awesome benefits made possible by our amazing sponsors.
Last year Capital One, one of the fastest-growing tech companies out there, provided t-shirts to hackers with Ada, our official 2017 Hackathon Season mascot.
We loved seeing hackers wearing these shirts at hackathons, on campus, and beyond. They are an amazing way to easily find fellow hackers and showcase your passions to the world.
The 2018 Hackathon Season mascot is Bit the Bot. When you go to hackathons you’ll be able to take home stickers and shirts with Bit on them to show off your hacker swag beyond the weekend.
On the software side, as in previous seasons we’ll be providing hackers with $100 in Amazon Web Services credits, software from the GitHub Student Developer Pack, and free Domain.com .com, .net, and .org domain names. We’ve also welcomed a new sponsor, Softheon, to the MLH family to provide hackers their payments API to use in projects.
On the snack front, we’re excited to help hackers “fight tired with delicious” with new caffeinated chocolates from Awake Chocolate! We’ll also be bringing Soylent meals back to our events and this season will have all of the new flavors available for hackers to sample to fuel late-night hacking.
Last year, we delivered over $300 worth of benefits and technologies to each hacker who attended an MLH hackathon. That’s nearly $20,000,000 in value that we were able to bring to hackers in our community. We can’t wait to top that this year, so stay tuned for our finalized list of season sponsors.
The moment you’ve been waiting for all summer is here. We’ve added the first Member Events into our newly minted 2018 Hackathon Season, so start signing up and keep your eyes peeled for many more in the coming weeks.
Concerned about having their favorite TV shows spoiled, Enrique, Luis, Alfredo, and Emilio built Spoiler Defense, one of the coolest hacks from HackMTY. Using facial recognition, Spoiler Defense scans your Facebook wall looking for characters from your favorite TV shows, so that you can avoid discovering who was the latest casualty from last night’s Game of Thrones.
We’re thrilled to be going back to Monterrey for HackMTY on August 26th to see many more hacks like this.
BigRed//Hacks is the oldest student-run, large scale hackathon at Cornell University. Across 3 days students have a chance to work on innovative projects, meet amazing people, and win some cool prizes along the way. Their focus this year is to seek innovation in education.
For its tenth anniversary, MHacks is taking a look back at its past and what is yet to come. It’s been almost five years since MHacks when 4 friends from the University of Michigan kicked off during the first MLH season in Fall of 2013 and we’re ecstatic to be celebrating a huge milestone this September in Ann Arbor. Apply by August 14th to be considered for a travel reimbursement.
Rice University has one of the best computer science programs in the nation and wants to engage more with new hackers! As a result, they will be presenting a special “first-time hacker only” prize for first-time attendees or teams totally comprised of first-timers. They want to make hacking more inclusive and will be hosting a meetup prior to the event help students form teams and “tracks” to get hackers unstuck from the idea phase.
HackISU has been around since Fall 2013 and is the premiere hackathon at Iowa State University, and the third largest hackathon in the midwest. Students from around the midwest can spend the weekend here building everything from their first website to drones you can fly with your wrist. Join this hackathon today!
Last year, a team of hackers made an Alexa powered Keurig all on wheels. The device had a tube loaded with K-cups and was shot into the Keurig using compressed air. It then launched a Lazy Susan to rotate your coffee around and put milk and sugar in it, all while an alarm bell and light would get you up in the morning. Check out their event if you want to build more hacks like this.
HackGT is Georgia Tech’s first official national hackathon and brings in 1000 students over a course of a weekend. Last year’s winner created a free-form 3D DJ System that let you control the way you play music with just your hands. This event brings in a variety of different projects in all different areas and is great if you want to explore everything.
TigerHacks (formerly HackMizzou) is a 36 hour hackathon hosted at the University of Missouri – Columbia. From October 13th-15th, hundreds of passionate students from around the midwest will gather together to use technology to rethink journalism and media. Whether you are a budding programmer cub or an experienced panther, we will see you at TigerHacks!
This year TigerHacks is partnering with the University of Missouri Reynolds Journalism Institute to focus on new approaches to communicating, connecting, and influencing people. Teams will be awarded prizes for innovative projects in the field of media and journalism.
The first national hackathon put on by Vanderbilt University students. Last year’s event brought Jeff Rothschild, Facebook’s founding Vice President of Infrastructure Software, to deliver the keynote address at their opening ceremony. This 48-hour event continues to encourage beginners by hosting three tracks of introductory workshops in Web Development, Python, and the Unity Game Engine. Step out of your comfort zone, think outside the box, and join them in changing the world.
HackUMass will be hosting it’s 5th annual hackathon at UMass Amherst on November 3rd-5th. Applications open on Thursday, July 20th. The 37-hour event will include making, building connections, and bringing ideas to life. Come if you are interested to play with 3D printers, virtual reality, wearable tech. Follow HackUMass on Twitter for the latest scoop.
Trent University is proud to host its second annual hackathon in Canada’s Electric City: Peterborough, Ontario. Electric City Hacks will include 350 brilliant students from across North America where they will design, build, demo and make their dreams a reality this November. Here’s some ‘snow’ from the ice skating rink the students used as ice to keep their ice cream cold.
HackRiddle is the only aviation themed 24 hour collegiate hackathon hosted at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. One of last year’s winners made a game in random life-or-death situations that depend on wise decisions the user opts to make.
Check them out if you are interested to work on more projects around aviation focused this year!
HackFSU, hosted this time with Florida State University and Florida A&M University, is a great event that brings students from all over the Southeast together. Students here have a great culture of collaboration on very different things. Gloria, one of last year’s winners, came up with an app for students to share notes for free. Sign up for this event to learn design, programming, and development with a bunch of cool friends.
We’re pretty excited to help launch Hacklahoma for the first time at University of Oklahoma. Last season, these students were determined to organize a hackathon of their own after having such a great time at other MLH Member events like HackUTD and have already spun up their own event that is sure to help encourage more diverse students like themselves to !
AstonHack, held at Aston University in the centre of Birmingham, is a new student hackathon, launched by the Aston Computer Science Society in 2015, to form part of the annual Major League Hacking league. MLH events are free for student hackers aged 18+ participating in teams from 1 to 4 on innovative solutions to real-world problems.
Whether this is your first hackathon or your 20th, you can join them in building fun projects and see why they’re known for their food, cake and geese-related shenanigans. Check out this past winner that built a geese hunting game in VR! You’ll have a quacking time.
Hosted by the University of Sussex, HackSussex’s goal is to build a community of like-minded code builders from all over the UK, who want to put creativity into computing. One of last year’s winners creatively used an Arduino and Leap-Motion to successfully fly a drone. Novices and experts are both welcomed at this event.
If you had an amazing time at a hackathon last year and are interested in organizing your own in the next academic year, submit your applications now so that you don’t miss out on being an MLH Member Event. We’d love for you to be part of our global movement.
Check out our Organizer’s Guide on how to get started or attend MLH Hackcon V near New York City on August 4-6, 2017. Brand new MLH Member Events will also be eligible for a special grant from GitHub. We can’t wait for you to be a part of the season.