Welcome to your homebase for MLH's Local Hack Day! This page has everything you need to know to get the most out of the day!

Your Adventure Begins Here!

After you have checked-in with the local organizers, follow these steps to get the most out of Local Hack Day!

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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! Join the Slack →
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Watch the Welcome Video

Watch on Youtube →
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Submit your Project

Share what you built during Local Hack Day with the world by submitting your project on Devpost. There are also a few global challenges that you can enter it in to win prizes! Submit Project →

What should I do during Local Hack Day?

Your main objective during Local Hack Day is to learn something new by building a project. Your project can be anything from an app to a website to a homemade self-driving car! Really it can be anything you can dream up and bring to life in about 12 hours.

When you aren't working on your project, you can...

  • Make a new friend by asking someone what they're building
  • Learn something new in a workshop
  • Chat with other Local Hack Days around the world on Slack
  • Participate in a drawing or social media contest
  • Watch video demos of projects on Devpost

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

APIs & Developer Tools

Whether you're just learning to code or you're a returning hackathon veteran, we you to have all the tools you need to build something awesome!

Developer Tools from GitHub

Our friends at GitHub created the GitHub Education Pack, which gives students free access to the best developer tools in one place, and they're making it available to you on Local Hack Day!

Here are some of our favorite freebies from the pack:

  • 24/7 live programming mentor support with HackHands
  • A free .me domain name from Namecheap
  • Lean to code online with Flatiron School
  • Add search functionality to your app with Algolia
  • Use private GitHub repositories to collaborate

To get your FREE education pack, you must be a current student. Don't worry if you're not a student though, many of the providers in the pack have free tiers for professionals too! Just click through to their websites from the pack.

Get Your Education Pack →

$100 Microsoft Azure Credit

Our friends at Microsoft are providing you $100 USD in Microsoft Azure cloud credits! Be sure to try out Computer Vision and Text Analytics which are very popular AI services for hackathon projects.

Once you’ve signed up for Azure, check out these great resources:


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

Claim your $100 Azure Credit →

Global & Local Challenges

Not sure what to build? Try your hand at one of the global challenges or a local challenge that's being offered at your location!

Best Microsoft Azure Hack

Our friends at Microsoft want to help you make something awesome with Azure and we're giving out $25 USD Gift Cards to the GitHub Swag Shop for the Best Microsoft Azure Hacks of Local Hack Day!


How to Enter:

  • Build something awesome using your $100 Azure credit.
  • Add your project on the official Local Hack Day Devpost.
  • Upload a short video demoing your project & how you used Azure.
  • Make sure your project is properly tagged and all your teammates have been added to it.

Get Your $100 Azure Credit →

Best Open Source Hack on GitHub

GitHub and MLH are big believers in the power of Open Source and we're giving out $25 USD Gift Cards to the GitHub Swag Shop for the Best Open Source Hacks of Local Hack Day!


How to Enter:

  • Upload your source code to GitHub & add an open source license.
  • Add your project on the official Local Hack Day Devpost.
  • Upload a short video demoing your project & how others can benefit from it being open source.
  • Make sure your project is properly tagged and all your teammates have been added to it.

Sign Up for GitHub →

Best Hacker Community Project

Local Hack Day is all about empowering the community, so we want you to build projects that help improve the hacker experience in your local (or the global) hacker community. We'll be giving out $25 USD Gift Cards to the GitHub Swag Shop for projects with the most potential impact.


How to Enter:

  • Build something that empowers hackers.
  • Add your project on the official Local Hack Day Devpost.
  • Upload a short video demoing your project & explaining the community impact.
  • Make sure your project is properly tagged and all your teammates have been added to it.

Local Challenges

Your Local Hack Day location may be offering some local challenges in addition to the global challenges that are being presented by MLH, GitHub, and Microsoft. Winners will receive MLH Local Hack Day certificates and any other prizes your local organizers have been able to secure.


How to Enter:

Each Local Hack Day location will have its own set of challenges and rules around how to enter them. Please check with the local organizer of your event when you arrive for the full details.

Please note that Major League Hacking is not responsible for selecting any of the local challenge winners and not every location will have additional local challenges.

Thanks to our Sponsors & Partners!

Local Hack Day wouldn't be possible without the support of an amazing group of sponsors & partners.

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Swag Partners

Social Contests

Looking for something to do when you're not hacking? Try your hand at one of our social contest. They're a great way to meet other attendees!

Draw an Octocat, Win an Octocat

Everyone loves Octocats, GitHub's adorable mascots. You could win your very own Octocat statue by drawing one and tweeting it out this weekend. Bust out your paper and colored pencils (or design medium of choice!), it's time to get creative. We can't wait to see the amazing Octocats you imagine this weekend!


Instructions:

To enter, tweet your drawing at @GitHubEducation and @MLHacks with the hash tags #MyOctocat and #LocalHackDay.


Get Inspired by #MyOctocat →

LHD Swag Photo Contest

Hackers love swag and our sponsors and partners sent a ton of it to as many Local Hack Days as we could! You could win even more swag by tweeting a creative photo of yourself at Local Hack Day with some of the swag we sent you. Winners will receive $25 USD gift cards to the GitHub swag shop!


Instructions:

To enter, tweet your most creative Local Hack Day swag photo at @GitHubEducation and @MLHacks with the hash tags #Swagathon and #LocalHackDay.


#Swagathon Swag→

Frequently Asked Questions

Curious about attending a Local Hack Day? Browse some of the most common questions we receive below!

Who can attend Local Hack Day?

Everyone is welcome to participate in Local Hack Day regardless of experience level, student status, or age. However, some Local Hack Day locations may have restrictions on who is able to participate at their specific site, which you can find on the event's registration page. If you don't qualify to attend the site you are interested in, please find an alternative one nearby and if there is not one, consider organizing one yourself!

What if I can't code?

Everyone is welcome at Local Hack Day regardless of their coding experience. Many participants use Local Hack Day as an opportunity to learn some coding skills and network with other beginners. Many Local Hack Day locations also provide free technical workshops that you can attend to learn new skills.

Is there a code of conduct?

We want to make sure that MLH Local Hack Day events create a safe and welcoming environment for attendees and organizers. For this reason the MLH Code of Conduct should be followed throughout the duration of each event.

Will there be food?

Food availability varies depending on location. However, most locations do not serve food. Please read your location’s page carefully to determine whether or not food will be provided. If it is not, you should pack a lunch, dinner, and any snacks you might need throughout the day.

Who organizes Local Hack Day?

Local Hack Day is organized by Major League Hacking (MLH). Local community volunteers are responsible for organizing the individual locations of Local Hack Day around the world that you'd be attending.

How much does it cost?

It's free to participate in MLH's Local Hack Day. You'll be responsible for covering any costs associated with getting yourself to the venue, any supplies you need for your project, and any food or drinks beyond what is being provided as indicated on the location's page.

 
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