We’re excited to announce the first events of the 2017 Hackathon Season. Last year, 54,000 hackers attended 180 events across 18 countries around the world! We can’t wait to return to our favorites, and we’re excited to see even more new hackathons join the season.
Hackathon Season 2017 – A Yearlong Season
The 2017 Season will run from August 2016 to July 2017 and will include 270 hackathons! In order to keep you up to date with all of the latest hackathons and be able to support organizers fully, we’ve combined the Fall and Spring Seasons into a full yearlong season. You know what that means? Now, you can add a new sticker to your collage:
As a hacker, the biggest benefit is that you no longer have to wait to see which events will be in the Spring. You’ll know about all of our newest events every day. As an organizer, we can onboard your hackathon to the league as early as possible. That means that we can offer our help during any point in the season – even if you have a problem in November, but your hackathon isn’t for another few months.
Setting up this new yearlong season has been a lot of work, but it’s well worth it to empower even more hackers and organizers in the future. We’re also incredibly excited to welcome back Dell and, a new addition, Windows as our North American Flagship partners for the third year. They’ll be helping us get the latest and greatest technology into the hands of hackers everywhere. Oh, and we can’t forget about our favorite “wearable” yet – the 2017 Hackathon Season t-shirts!
Shout out to our friends over at Capital One for powering this new batch of t-shirts as our Official Apparel Partner.
The First Events
The moment you’ve been waiting for is here. We’ve added the first events onto our newly minted season, so start signing up, and keep your eyes peeled for more!
Monterrey, MX – August 27th – 28th, 2016
Monterrey is not only known as the commercial, industrial, educational, and transportation hub of northern Mexico but also the home of HackMTY! Taking place at the world famous Tecnológico de Monterrey, HackMTY has resulted in its fair share of awesome hacks. From data visualizations to medical and therapeutic applications, hackers at HackMTY know that anything is possible.
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 27th.
Wellesley, MA – September 24th – 25th, 2016
Hackathons are all about creating a supportive environment for learning. With workshops and professional mentors for every team, WHACK is one of the most supportive hackathons out there. WHACK focuses on supporting women in technology. But, they’re taking the theme of support to a new level this season. This year, hackers at WHACK will help solve problems for non-profits in environment, health, and education. Hacking for social good is awesome, so we’re really excited for WHACK this season.
Last season, WHACK saw some fun hacks around the concept of support. Team Catnap built a Pebble app that helped you take care of yourself by linking how well you slept, exercised, and stayed hydrated to the health of an electronic cat companion (or catpanion if you will). And, Team GoGet made a neat tool for finding time on your calendar for habits you want to build.
It will be great to see how students at WHACK use their imagination and creativity to solve problems for non-profits this season.
San Diego, CA – September 30th – October 2nd, 2016
SD Hacks is back for round two. This year, 1000 hackers will descend on the RIMAC Arena at UC San Diego. Last year, SD Hacks produced some of the most amazing projects all season! Check out Smart Machine, DrinkedIn and Globalyze on the SD Hacks Devpost page! One of our favorite hacks, tunemap used Latent Dirichlet Allocation to see how songs related to each other. June, Prudhvi, and Sharad built a data visualization system to help showcase those relationships, while also letting users create a playlist by walking through the musical path between two songs.
We can’t wait to see all the hacks that get built at SD Hacks 2016 on September 30th!
More Events Coming Soon
We’ll be announcing a LOT more events soon, so keep an eye on our 2017 Hackathon Season Calendar, follow us on Twitter or Facebook, or join our Mailing List to hear about new Member Events as they join!
Organize a Hackathon at your School!
If you’re planning an event any time in the next academic year, you can get in touch today to receive support from MLH. We’d love to help out. We have a ton of resources and a lot of advice to offer. Brand New Member Events will also be eligible for a special grant from GitHub! Get involved and learn how we can help you! We can’t wait for you to be a part of the season.