Major League Hacking 2019 Hackathon Season


Saturday, April 13th 12:00 PM -
Sunday, April 14th 12:00 PM


Microsoft HQ Building #20
3709 Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052


24-hour hackathon with an emphasis on FinTech, open to all levels of coders; $2K+ in prize money

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Rich Rogers

Keynote Speaker

Rich Rogers is the co-founder and CEO of Xemelgo, a Seattle-based start-up delivering IoT-powered Smart Manufacturing solutions. Prior to launching Xemelgo, Rich spent 12 years at Hitachi building out net new teams, portfolios, and businesses that accounted for $1B+ in annual revenue.

Kevin Hyland

Opening Ceremony Speaker

Kevin Hyland is the CTO at EVEN Financial. Kevin has been a tech lead for most of his professional life. He’s performed this function at a handful of NYC startups, most recently Gilt Groupe.


The hackathon is over! 160 attendees participated.

What is Def Hacks Seattle 2019?

Def Hacks Seattle 2019 is the third annual 24-hour hackathon hosted at Microsoft HQ (on April 13th-14th). This year, the hackathon is co-hosted by Even, and thus has a large FinTech focus. We will be releasing two prompts based around FinTech and Even's API ($2,000 in prizes). These prompts will be released three days before the hackathon alongside our hackathon Slack channel, at 4:00 PM PST on Wednesday, April 10th.

You are allowed to brainstorm projects/solutions before the hackathons, but all code must be written at the event. If you are a current CS student, we encourage you to find a Finance major to join your team (and vice versa); however, this is not required. There is also a Best Hack category and a Best High School Hack category if you do not wish to compete in the FinTech challenge (the two prompts).

General Questions

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event, typically lasting several hours (or even days), in which a large number of people meet to code and show off their products.

What should I bring to a hackathon?

Please bring your own computer and its charger, your ID, and power strips (recommended). The event costs nothing - meals and swag are provided for free! Also consider bringing a sleeping bag and/or pillow.

What are the rules around teams?

You can participate as an individual, or as a member of a team of 2-4 people. If you do not have a team but are looking for teammates, we will have a Slack channel at the hackathon titled #find-teammates for this purpose.

What should I do after I register?

After you register, try to find a team and start brainstorming ideas for the hackathon! You shouldn't start coding until the event, but feel free to brainstorm ideas, especially if a theme is released beforehand!

What is the hackathon's Code of Conduct?

This is an MLH Member Event, and this is their official Code of Conduct:

Do you offer travel reimbursement?

Unfortunately, we cannot offer travel reimbursement for participants.

What is the schedule for the hackathon?

April 13th (Saturday)
11:00 AM Check-in
12:00 PM (noon) Opening Ceremonies
1:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM Even API/Ideation Workshop #1
3:30 PM HTML/CSS Workshop
6:00 PM Even API Workshop #2
7:00 PM Dinner
10:00 PM Cup-stacking Contest
April 14th (Sunday)
12:00 AM (midnight) Midnight Snack
8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Devpost Submit Deadline
9:00 AM Judge Presentations/Demos
10:30 AM Judging Deliberation
11:00 AM Final Presentations
11:30 AM Closing Ceremonies
12:00 PM (noon) Event Ends!


  • Organizing team: Chris Elliott, David Wei, Sachin Bhargava, Varun Viswanathan
  • Advisors: Add your name here by promoting the event! Contact [email protected] for more information.

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