Local Hack Day: Build was nothing short of magical in every sense of the word! In just 8 short days, you all turned an event into so much more; you turned it into a community. From late-night Discord hangouts and inside jokes to Chrome Dinosaur and Totally Not Ryan memes, LHD: Build would not have been the same without each and every one of you.
Local Hack Day By The Numbers
We were completely blown away by the number of hackers who participated in Local Hack Day: Build and came back session after session for workshops, technical live sessions, and mini-events! These events were booming with thousands of hackers tuning in to learn new skills, play games, and hang out with Ryan and Mary for leaderboard updates. This amounted to over 30,000 check-ins around the world!
Our Discord was lighting up with notifications as hackers sent messages at all hours of the day. There were over 15,000 messages sent and we had tons of new hackers join us (2,803 in fact). We really enjoyed seeing you all connect with each other and form new friendships. We hope that you’ll be able to take these new relationships beyond Local Hack Day and into weekend Member Event hackathons and future events as well.
Not only was Discord ablaze with notifications, but our socials blew up too. We saw over 2,000 posts across all social platforms! You were so engaged all week long and sharing out your favorite moments along the way.
Some of our favorite photos included photos from “cupstacking” (seen above), fun with Blahaj, and lots of coffee meetups. Make sure to take a look at all of the #LocalHackDay posts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn! We hope you enjoy them as much as we did!
We can’t fail to mention all of the amazing art you all created! Here are just a few of our favorites:
Local Hack Day By The Leaderboards
The work all of you put into this week was mind-blowing. Together, you completed just under 16,000+ challenges with over 6,00 of those being submitted on Devpost for a total of 68,000+ total points earned! You nearly broke our spreadsheets three or four times with all the points you earned and that in itself is a feat!
A huge congratulations to the hackers and guilds that made their way up the leaderboards! It’s so inspiring to see how hard you worked all week to learn new skills, build new hacks, and make new friends! Out of thousands of participants, these 10 hackers raised to the top of the ranks.
There were some really great moments throughout the process like seeing guilds running their own events, meeting new friends who lived across the world through the power of a guild, and all of the fun inside jokes you shared in Discord.
We loved seeing the formation of ESTechies, a group of hackers that came together because of their shared timezone. They ended up recruiting a ton of hackers and making the leaderboard.
Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the accomplishment of EddieHub in surpassing the top guild at LHD: Learn, DSC, with their total points.
We can’t wait to see what the leaderboards will look like at Local Hack Day: Share!
Big Thanks To…
- Our guild leaders who brought together thousands of hackers for a weekend of fun and camaraderie
- The thousands of hackers who participated at all hours of the day and night all in the pursuit of knowledge and learning
Don’t Miss Out On Local Hack Day: Share
Local Hack Day: Share is quickly approaching in just a few weeks! LHD: Share is a week-long celebration of sharing everything you’ve learned as a hacker. If you’ve been hacking with us all year, we’re excited to have you back. If this is your very first event, we’ve got a ton of beginner-friendly challenges for you to complete that’ll have you shipping your hack like a pro in no time. You’ll have your pick of technical, design, and social challenges to complete — each with an emphasis on sharing your work. Sign up for early registration now!
How Can I Get More Involved?
That’s a great question! Here are several ways you can get more involved in MLH this season!
MLH Localhost Workshops
Participate in beginner-friendly technical workshops led by MLH Coaches and community members! These workshops cover the latest and hottest topics in tech from Blockchain to Full Stack Web Dev. You can learn it all through these workshops! They are held for all time zones on Monday — Saturday! See all upcoming workshops!
The MLH Hackathon League
Want to try out your new skills at an invention competition? Try out an MLH hackathon! Whether it’s run by us or is a membered event, you are bound to make new friends, industry contacts, and add new skills and a hack to your portfolio and resume. Plus, the swag is pretty cool! Sign up right away!
The MLH Fellowship
Looking to level up your development skills? Check out the MLH Fellowship where we have 3 different programs designed to help you improve your skills and build out your portfolio! We’ve got the Explorer program designed for those starting out and looking to build out their portfolio. There’s also the open-source program for those looking to gain experience working on huge projects used by people all over the world. Lastly, we have the Externship for those looking to work with real companies and organizations on exciting projects. Apply now!
Local Hack Day: Share
Local Hack Day: Share is a week-long celebration of sharing everything you’ve learned as a hacker. If you’ve been hacking with us all year, we’re excited to have you back. If this is your very first event, we’ve got a ton of beginner-friendly challenges for you to complete that’ll have you shipping your hack like a pro in no time. You’ll have your pick of technical, design, and social challenges to complete — each with an emphasis on sharing your work. Sign up for early registration now!