Welcome to Local Hack Day 👋

Ready to start hacking? This page has everything you need to know to get the most out of the day!

Event details

Local Hack Day: Learn is a global day-long conference for your community. You can pick up the new skills you need by participating in workshops and talks with a community around the world. Over the course of 12 hours, attendees will attend workshops where they’ll learn skills such as publishing their first website using AWS, sending their first SMS with Twilio, or building their first game in Unity.

  • Local Hack Day is open to anyone part of the worldwide community.
  • Local events are hosted by organizers from around the world.
  • "Learn Day" events in October are focused on learning something.

Where to begin

1. Check in with the organizer

Check in with your local organizer and you will receive all the links to participate in Local Hack Day including an invite to join our Slack community and the workshop resources.

2. Join the Slack community

During Local Hack Day you’re going to want to stay connected with your local community and the global community around the world. We’re using a chat & collaboration platform called Slack that enables you to do just that! Check in to receive an invite.

3. Watch the welcome video

What's on the schedule?

Your main objective during Learn Day is to learn something new by attending local workshops. These workshops are coordinated by your organizer and may be different for each location. These workshops cover a range of topics from version control tools to building and deploying web apps.

When you aren’t participating in a workshop, you can…

  • Continue working on examples from your workshops.
  • Chat with other Local Hack Days around the world on Slack.
  • Participate in one of the community contests.
  • Watch and learn from video workshops online.

There’s no shortage of things to do on Learn Day. No matter how you decide to spend your time, we hope you enjoy it!

Slack

We are using a platform called Slack for collaboration and chat during the event. Hackers from Local Hack Day locations around the world will be on Slack.

You can chat with them about what they’re learning, building, and sharing. You’ll also be able to ask for help / mentorship if you get stuck during a workshop.

There are a few major channels on Slack that you should know about:

  • #announcements - Where we’ll be sharing major updates about the global Local Hack Day event, including new resources, contests, and more.
  • #general - Where you can chat with other Local Hack Day participants around the world about what they’re learning, building, and sharing.
  • #ask-mlh - Where you can ask questions for the MLH team to answer.

Additionally, each official workshop will have its own channel where you can chat with other participants and give/receive help. You’ll get your invite to slack in the email you received when you checked in to the event.

Resources & tools

Whether you're just learning to code or you're a returning veteran, here are some tools to help you learn and build something awesome!

$100 AWS Credit

Our friends at AWS Educate are providing you with $100 USD in AWS cloud credits! Be sure to try out Elastic Beanstalk and S3 which are very popular services for developers.

Once you've signed up for AWS, check out these great resources:

Not currently enrolled as a student? No problem! You can still power your hack with a free AWS account for professionals.

Claim your AWS credit →
Localhost workshops

We have made available to you our suite of Localhost workshops that you can host with your community.

Here are some of our favorite workshops from the pack:

Localhost provides free, out-of-the-box workshops covering today's most relevant technology that you can share with your community.

Sign up for a Localhost workshop →

Community Contests

Looking for something to do when you're not attending a workshop? Try your hand at one of our community contests. They're a great way to meet other attendees!

Photo Contest
Today I Learned
Mentorship Award
Creative Photo Contest

Time to show off! Share your community with the rest of the world. We want to see what is going on at your event. You could win more swag by tweeting a creative photo of your community to Local Hack Day.


Instructions:

To enter, share your photos on Twitter or Instagram to @MLHackswith hash tag #LocalHackDay.

See #LocalHackDay photos →

Have a question?

You can ask any questions you have in the #ask-mlh channel in Slack. You can also email the MLH team at [email protected].

We are here to make sure everyone has a good experience. Reach out with questions or concerns you may have. Happy Hacking!

Sponsors

MLH's Local Hack Day would not be possible without the support of an amazing group of sponsors & partners.

Official SponsorIBM Z
Official Cloud PlatformAWS
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