Major League Hacking 2020 Hackathon Season

What?

DefHacks Virtual 2020 hackathon (What is a hackathon?) is a free 36-hour event for high school and college students. It is a worldwide event in which students of all skill levels around can collaborate to create innovative projects to solve the worlds problems. Students can also participate in workshops to learn new skills, ask questions to top tech minds, participate in fun mini-events, and win amazing prizes!

Who?

Any high school or college student across the world is welcome to apply! However, we might not be shipping swag to students located outside of the United States.

When?

Saturday, June 20, 2020 12:00 PM PST - Sunday, June 21, 2020 11:59 PM PSt

Where?

The hackathon will be COMPLETELY online. We'll conduct the majority of the hackathon on slack, and the opening/closing sessions will be on a YouTube livestream!

Interested in attending?

Registrations close on June 19th - so don't delay it! The registration only take a few minutes to complete. Be sure to read the Code of Conduct as well! Remember, you won't have to register as a team, just register individually. When it's time to submit your project, you can add the names of all your teammates there!

  Hackathon Schedule

All times in Pacific Standard Time (PST)
June 20th (Saturday)
12:00 PM (noon) Opening Ceremony
12:20 PM Live Q&A with Organizers
1:00 PM echoAR: Build a Cloud-Connected AR/VR App in 15 Minutes or Less
2:00 PM MLH Werewolves
5:00 PM Ask me Anything with Amjad Masad, CEO of Repl.it
7:00 PM Introduction to Mobile Development with Flutter (Ben Swerdlow)
8:30 PM Introduction to Machine Learning with Python (Zane Hasnain)
10:00 PM Kickstarting with ReactJS (Praveen Kumar Purushothaman)
June 21th (Sunday)
12:00 AM (midnight) Midnight Check-in (informal chat, get feedback on project ideas)
7:30 AM MLH U.S. Airforce Cybersecurity Event
10:00 AM Ask me Anything with Tom Preston-Werner, Former CEO/Co-Founder of Github
4:00 PM Coding to Make Music: An Artful Design Story with Ge Wang
5:00 PM Ask me Anything with Ge Wang, Stanford Professor of CS & Music
5:00 PM Deadline: Submit initial copy to Devpost
9:00 PM Deadline: All Hacking Ends
11:59 PM Closing Ceremony

Guest Speakers

Opening Speaker

COYTE COOPER

BEST-SELLING AUTHOR, MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER

Keynote Speaker + AMA

GE WANG

PROFESSOR OF CS & MUSIC
STANFORD UNIVERSITY

AMA

TOM PRESTON-WERNER

BILLIONAIRE, CO-FOUNDER OF GITHUB

AMA

AMJAD MASAD

CEO OF REPL.IT

Submission Tracks and Prizes!

HealthTech Prompt
TBA

Best General Hack (Advanced)
Presented by DubHacks

Best General Hack (Beginner)
TBA

Best EchoAR Hack
TBA

$1k Grant
TBA

Summer Internships with OpenWater
TBA

Best Use of Google Cloud
TBA

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com
TBA

Best UiPath Automation Hack
TBA

Want to sponsor a prize and/or prompt? Shoot us an email, and we can set that up!

Event Sponsors

Want to sponsor us? We'd love to get in touch. Read our prospectus and shoot us an email!

  Frequently Asked 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.

Do I need to know how to code?

Nope! If you already know how to code, that's great! However, if you don't know how to code, this is the perfect time to learn. We will be hosting beginner workshops for you, and we will have experienced mentors to help you with your hacks!

How do teams work?

You can work individually or work in a team of up to 5! If you don't know anyone participating at the hackathon, don't worry! There will be many other people in the same situation as you. We highly recommend you reach out to other hackers on the slack workspace and form teams. You won't have to register as a team, just register individually. When it's time to submit your project, you can add the names of all your teammates there!

What can my team make?

Your team has the freedom of making whatever you desire! In addition to our sponsored prompts, we will be having 2 other prompts you can submit your hack in: one for coronavirus related hacks, and another for best overall hack!

How much does it cost?

DefHacks is completely free for all hackers. Additionally, we will be providing DefHacks swag, and swag from the sponsors that have made this event possible.

What do I need for the hackathon?

The only thing you need is a device to access our slack website, and any materials needed for creating your hack!

Can I volunteer as a mentor or judge?

Yes! DefHacks wouldn't be possible without our volunteers. We will open mentor and judge sign ups soon, and you can get notified when it opens by signing up for email updates above!

Previous Sponsors

Head Organizers

SHESHANK SHANKAR

CHIEF ORGANIZER

NATHAN YAP

HEAD OF MARKETING

JULIAN LEE

HEAD OF LOGISTICS

RON PECHUK

HEAD OF FINANCE


Mentors and Judges

Akash Srivastava
Anjorin Olufemi Benjamin
Arijit Saha Ray
Athanasios Dimou
Gagandeep Reehal
June Chen
Kuldeep Singh

Preetish Juneja
Rushika Ramane
Sai Charan Todupunoori
Saksham Taneja
Saloni Goyal
Siddharth Dayalwal
Zeeshan Mohammed

Praveen Kumar
Zane Hasnain
Lummi Anton
M. Vineeth
Madhav Dihora
Maggie
Mia O’Brien
Mohit Bhat

Mohit Sharma
Nihar Zutshi
Nikita Starichenko
Nistha Gupta
Oliver Collins
Swapnil Undage
Tanishq Soni
Varun Panicker