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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: Share is a global online demo day to highlight the accomplishments of your community. Put the final touches on your projects and develop your communication skills by participating is this worldwide demo day. Over the course of 12 hours attendees will spend time hacking, writing, and presenting about the things they learned and built during the last year. At the end of the event, they’ll add their projects to their portfolios to share with the world. This is an event for all skill levels, from beginners to the most veteran developers.

  • Local Hack Day is open to anyone and everyone part of the worldwide hacker community.
  • The online event will have channels for each community participating.
  • "Share Day" events in April are focused on sharing your progress.

Why “Share”?

We have themed Local Hack Day after “Learn, Build, Share”, the three stages in developing new skills. Learn Day was focused on workshops and learning new skills. Build Day was focused on creating projects and building. Finally, Share Day on April 11th will be focused on sharing what you’ve learned and demoing your projects. It will include demos and project showcases on top of workshops and hacking.

Where to Get Started

For Participants
For Organizers
For Participants
  1. Join the Discord server

    If you are participating in Local Hack Day, you should join our Discord server. We will use Discord to stay connected with every local community. You should receive a link in your email if you have registered for the event. Join the MLH Discord →

  2. Join a community channel

    Find a community channel to join. Each Local Hack Day community will have a channel to join. If you signed up for an event on our communities page, it should be accessible on Discord. If you can’t find one, you are welcome to join #local-hack-day-worldwide.

  3. Check in with local organizer

    Make sure to check in with your local organizer. You should have been emailed all the links necessary to participate in Local Hack Day including an invite to join the Discord community and the workshop resources.

  4. Introduce yourself

    Make sure to introduce yourself on our #welcome channel. Include where your name, where you are from, and what you will be working on. Help us welcome any new participants.

What should I expect?

Your main objective during Share Day is to finish up projects you’ve made throughout the year and share them with your community. We would love to see you share something creative and fun and hear what you've learned. Feel free to team up in groups or work on something on your own. There will also be mentors available on Discord if you get stuck.

When you are not busy building a project, you can…

  • Interact with your online community on Discord.
  • Explore and chat with other participants from around the world.
  • Participant in one of the online community contests and mini-events.
  • Watch and learn from video workshops streamed online.

There’s no shortage of things to do on Share Day. No matter how you decide to spend your time, we hope you enjoy it! Check out our full schedule →

👋Here's a brief welcome video

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!

Microsoft Azure Credits

We are partnering with Microsoft Azure to bring special resources for Local Hack Day participants like $100 Azure credits.

Once you’ve signed up for your free Azure for Students account, check out these great resources:

  • Use the Hack with Azure GitHub repo for easy access to free tutorials and resources to get your project going for Local Hack Day and beyond.
  • Try out interactive training modules on Microsoft Learn covering AI, data science, machine learning and more - there’s something for all skill levels!
  • Take your project to the next level and enter the Imagine Cup for a chance to win $100,000 USD

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

Claim your Microsoft Azure credits →
GitHub Student Developer Pack

Our friends at GitHub put together a suite of a developer tools to help students ship software like a pro. Check out the GitHub Student Developer Pack and use your free access to high quality services!

Some of our favorite resources from the pack are:

  • Unlimited free public and private repositories.
  • Free domain names and SSLs, privacy protection.
  • Full 3-week interview prep course.
  • Microsoft Azure cloud credits for deploying applications.

There are a ton of resources to help get you started. Use your GitHub account to gain access today!

Claim your GitHub Student Developer Pack →
Adobe XD

Adobe is excited to get involved with hackers like you and share an easy beginner-friendly workshop on Adobe XD. Our Local Hack Day broadcast will feature an Adobe workshop where you will:

  • Learn the basics of Adobe XD
  • Learn how to build low and high fidelity prototypes
  • How to test out your prototypes
  • Learn to test out your product

There will be tons to learn. Check out Adobe XD and come to our workshop to learn how to use it.

Claim your own Adobe XD →
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.

Access the Participant Workshop Resources →

Discord

We are using a platform called Discord for collaboration and chat during the event. Discord will make it easier for groups and communities to connect and run activities and workshops. Hackers around the world will be on Discord. Make sure you are in Discord to participate in Local Hack Day. It will be full of fun activities, workshops, demos, raffles, and more.

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.
  • #introduce-yourself - A place to share who you are and where you are from. Please welcome new participants and organizers on this channel.
  • #team-building - A channel for finding teams. Introduce yourself here and who you are looking for to work with.
  • #off-topic - Where you can hang out and chat with other participants around the world about off topic material.
  • #ask-mlh - Where you can ask questions for the MLH team to answer.
  • #ask-mentors - A place for all the participants to get access to technical help if you get stuck.

You’ll get your invite to Discord in the email you received when you check in for the event.

Additionally, each Local Hack Day group or community will have a channel for participants to join. Please find your group and check in with your local organizer!

Join us on Discord

MLH Code of Conduct

Keep in mind that we expect our Discord and all of our communications to be a comfortable, safe space for everyone. The MLH Code of Conduct applies to behavior we see on Discord just like it does with in-person events. Please help us keep our Discord server a welcoming place for everyone by reporting anything you see that violates our Code of Conduct to the MLH team immediately. MLH staff will be online to help handle incidents, and as always, our Incidents Hotline will be available at all hours (Contact information here).

Global Prize Categories

MLH will award prizes for the best 3 projects for each of the following categories. To enter, you must submit your project to Devpost, the submission platform for Local Hack Day, and tag your prize category.

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Best Use of Microsoft Azure

This prize will be awarded to some of the most amazing projects built using Microsoft Azure technologies. This could be as simple as hosting your project on the Azure Cloud or using one of the many powerful Azure Services like databases, computer vision, or functions! Redeem your $100 Azure Credit to enter this challenge!


$25 GitHub Store Gift Codes for the top 3 winning teams.

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Best Open Source Project on GitHub

GitHub and MLH believe in the power of Open Source. That’s why we’re awarding this prize to some of the top projects that are published on GitHub for others to learn from. Sign up for the GitHub Student Developer Pack and host your project on GitHub to enter this challenge!


$25 GitHub Store Gift Codes for the top 3 winning teams.

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Best Project Demo
on Devpost

For Share Day, we want to focus on highlighting your achievements in the community. That’s why we are also awarding our favorite demos for projects on Devpost with this prize. Make sure your project is uploaded to our submission page on Devpost with a brief demo of what you did, how you built it, and your favorite part.


$25 GitHub Store Gift Codes for the top 3 winning teams.

Contests & Raffles

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!

Drawing Contest
Community Drawings
Mentorship Award
Slack Raffles
Most Creative Octocat Drawing

Are you feeling artistic? Draw your own version of GitHub’s adorable Octocat mascot and you could win a t-shirt or other swag! Your entry can be hand-drawn or digital and winners will be selected the week after Local Hack Day!


Instructions:

To enter, tweet what you made at @MLHacks & @GitHubEducation along with the hashtags #MyOctocat & #LocalHackDay.

See #MyOctocat drawings →

Team Building

Finding the right team for you is a great step to having a successful Local Hack Day. Team building will be conducted on the #team-building channel in our Discord server. If you already have an idea or a team partially formed, you can post what parts of your team you are trying to find. If you are an individual looking for a team, share what you are interested in working on.

It is important to know how people can work with you. Make sure to include your name, location, time zone, language, experience/knowledge and anything that would help someone match with you. If you have trouble finding a team, feel free to reach out to the MLH staff on #ask-mlh.

Mentorship

We will have mentors available throughout the event to answer technical questions or help you if you get stuck. You can find them available on the #ask-mentors channel.

You are also welcome to help others with their technical questions. Feel free to answer any questions that come up in that channel. We love to see hackers helping hackers. Participants that really shine as mentors will be eligible for a small prize.

Talks & Workshops

It wouldn’t be a Local Hack Day without learning new skills. We will be running workshops throughout the events, spanning multiple countries and timezones. We will be broadcasting workshops from our Twitch channel along with other announcements and events. Stay tuned in on our Twitch channel to not miss out.

We are also running workshops constantly on our Discord server. We will announce when all of the workshop begin so keep an eye on the#announcements channel for all workshops updates.

We have recorded workshops available as well. Here are a couple of our favorites:

We have many more videos available for you. See a full list here →

Tips for a Great Online Event

You may already know what to expect with Local Hack Day events. Still, the online-only format may be a little different than what you are used to. Here are some of our quick tips for participating in an online-only event.

  • Find a team - We’ve seen that getting participants to work together in teams is harder online than in person. Try to connect with others before starting on a project. This is a great opportunity to collaborate with people that seem to be working on similar ideas.

  • Join activities - We want to make room for spontaneous connections and fun activities at Local Hack Day. You should consider participating in these and you can find them available on Discord.

  • Participate in workshops - We will be broadcasting workshops throughout Local Hack Day on April 11th. We encourage you to participate in these digital workshops, asking any questions that you may have and talking with mentors and workshop leaders. The workshop schedule will be available shortly.

  • Share a demo! - The theme for this Local Hack Day is Share! We want to see what participants are working on and building. We will ask for submissions of demos throughout the event. Feel free to encourage participants to share their progress, especially if you’ve interacted with them throughout the event.


Have a question?

You can ask any questions you have in the #ask-mlh channel in Discord. You can also email the MLH team at localhackday@mlh.io.

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

Sponsors

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

Microsoft
GitHub
Adobe
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