Major League Hacking 2021 Hackathon Season

What is HackTheU?

HackTheU is Utah's largest and most popular hackathon! Work with the greatest and brightest students from around the world to make your imagination come to life with the power of technology, this year from the comfort of your own home. The next big thing comes from you, and we're offering over $10,000 in prizes for you to build it here!

Projects

Students can work on any kind of project they're passionate about during a hackathon! They'll win prizes for great hacks, get resources to facilitate their work, and meet like minded technology enthusiasts.

Workshops

HackTheU hosts workshops all year round with industry professionals to teach students the skills they need to create, program, and design beautiful technology solutions.

Mentors

HackTheU connects students with mentors who can answer questions that come up during the project build and coach students about professional technology standards.

How do I participate in a virtual hackathon?

We're so excited to have you!

First, register for our hackathon; this is how we're keeping track of submissions and attendees. We'll be shipping you swag and updating you via email as the hackathon approaches!

Next, think of a project idea and form a team! This year, we'll be judging projects on our "Out of this World" best-of-show track, as well as a couple of sponsorship related competitions and prizes. Stay tuned for more information on the exact tracks we will be hosting! If you're looking for inspiration, try starting with this gist!

Event Schedule

All times expressed in MST

Friday, October 16

Check in opens

Sponsorship tables open

Opening ceremony (keynote speaker TBD)

Minecraft server opens

Capture The Flag opens

Bob Ross MS paint competition

3:00PM

3:00PM

5:00PM

6:00PM

6:00PM

7:00PM

Saturday, October 17

Ongoing mentoring / hacking

Workshop with Galileo Financial Technologies: Using the Galileo API

All-day

11:00AM

Workshop: Introduction to ReactJS

Workshop: Integrating your application in a CI/CD pipeline

Type racer competition

Open gaming with Crimson Gaming

Midnight movie

12:00PM

1:00PM

6:00PM

7:00PM

11:30PM

Sunday, October 18

Submissions due for judging

Capture The Flag closes

Bob Ross paint submissions due

Closing ceremony, winners announced

5:00PM

5:00PM

5:00PM

7:00PM

You've got questions? We've got answers

Who can participate?

Anybody who is a graduate or undergraduate student is welcome to participate! We would love to have you regardless of your level of experience or background. Our event is free for all students.

How many people can I have on my team?

You can either work individually or in a team of up to four people. We will be helping people find teams to work with on our chat platform!

How can I ask for help on my project?

We will be mentoring hackathon attendees on our chat platform. Stop by and ask any questions you have, big or small!

Will there be any workshops?

We will be hosting a variety of beginner and advanced workshops. Our sponsors will also be hosting their own workshops to introduce attendees to their platforms. Our sponsors and ourselves will also be hosting a handful of side competitions in addition to the main hackathon. All of these will be posted on the schedule and announced on our chat platform as they occur.

How do I make a DevPost submission?

DevPost has a guide about how to make a submission on their site. As we will be doing all judging virtually by looking at DevPost submissions, please make sure your submission reflects your project well! Feel free to attach images, videos, and github pages with source code. Here are some more tips about how to make a winning post.

Are there any special rules for a virtual hackathon?

As with normal hackathons, we will be enforcing our code of conduct. We have no other formal rules we will be enforcing, but we ask our attendees to be conscious of the ongoing pandemic; if you are competing with a team, please meet virtually.

What if I don't know how to code?

We would love to have you anyway! Hackathons are open to artists, scientists, musicians, writers, and anybody who wants to build something amazing!

What are the prizes?

For our spring hackathon 2020, we're giving away iPad Pros, drones, mechanical keyboards, and more! Our most up to date prize information is on DevPost.

Are you providing hardware?

Since we're not able to meet in person, we will, unfortunately, not be able to provide hardware for our event. Please feel free to use any hardware you have available for your project!

Can I enter a project that I entered in another hackathon?

Yes, however, we will be judging projects exclusively on commits/contributions made during our active hacking times. If you're attending more than one hackathon at the same time, we'd love to see you in our workshops and on our chat platform!

My question hasn't been answered!

Feel free to reach out to [email protected]!

Thanks to our Sponsors