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APRIL 11, 2020

BECOME A HOST.

Local Hack Day is the easiest way to bring new technologies to your community. Sign up today to host this 12-hour digital demo day for your community.

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Hosting is simple

Hosting an MLH Local Hack Day location is really simple! Even if you’ve never organized an event before, the MLH team will be there to support you and answer your questions every step of the way!

How to host

1.

Sign up on the Local Hack Day website.

2.

Create your virtual venue on Discord.

3.

Market the event to attendees & make sure they sign up on your event page.

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Create your own schedule that will be shared with your attendees.

5.

Get set up and run the rest of the event on the big day.

Choose your schedule

The exact schedule of each digital Local Hack Day: Share location is up to the organizing team. We recommend holding the conference throughout an entire day. 8-10 hours is just long enough for attendees to both experience some great virtual workshops and participate in some side activities - if you're running any.

While you are not required to have side activities, we definitely recommend planning some if you have the bandwidth! Virtual werewolf is an fun mini-event that will give attendees a break and allow them to work with their friends.

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Sample schedule

8:00am - Checkin & registration begin

9:00am - Opening Ceremony

9:30am - Hacking Begins

10:00am - MLH Localhost Workshop

1:00pm - Lunch Break

2:00pm - MLH Localhost Workshop

3:00pm - Demo Day

6:00pm - Dinner Break

8:00pm - Hacking Ends / Demos Start

9:00pm - Awards / Event Ends

Get a pack of resources

We will mail you a package of a stickers, swag, posters, and other goodies a week or two before the event starts and provide you a tracking number so you can keep an eye on it.

We can only send you resources before the shipping deadline, so make sure you are approved on time.

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Follow the guide

To make organizing a Local Hack Day as simple as possible, we created a comprehensive organizer’s guide to help you through your digital event. Inside you’ll learn about:

  • Creating a Discord to virtually host your event
  • Creating a schedule for your event
  • Finding sponsors, mentors, & partners
  • Marketing your event to attendees
  • Digital flyers, logos, and assets to promote your event.
Organizer resources →

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Who can organize an MLH Local Hack Day?

Anybody who wants to bring together their local community of hackers anywhere in the world is welcome to organize a digital Local Hack Day: Share. Regardless of your experience, Major League Hacking is excited to work with you to celebrate your local community! If you're interested in organizing an digital event for your community, we would love to hear from you - just sign up and we will reach out with more information.

What if I have never worked with MLH before?

Not a problem! Anyone can organize a MLH Local Hack Day regardless of your past experience working with MLH. You don’t even need to be a student or have any experience organizing hackathons, or events for that matter!

What are the requirements as an organizer?

The requirements to organize an MLH Local Hack Day are:

  • Accurately fill out requested details about your event in the MLH Organizer Portal.
  • Create a Discord channel to host your event online.
  • Agree to adopt the MLH Code of Conduct at the event and check-in attendees using the MLH system.
  • Promote the event to hackers in your local community.
  • Play a short video at the beginning of the event.

How do I organize an MLH Local Hack Day?

Organizing an MLH Local Hack Day is really simple. The MLH team will be there to support you every step of the way. You'll be responsible for the following:

  • Sign up to organize on the Local Hack Day website.
  • Create a Discord channel for all of your attendees to join day-of.
  • Market the event to hackers & secure signups on the event's page on the Local Hack Day website.
  • Create a day-of schedule that will be shared with hackers.

How do I get people to attend my Local Hack Day?

Once your application to organize a Local Hack day is approved, you will receive access to a dedicated landing page for your event on the Local Hack Day website where hackers can learn more and register. Leading up to the event, you'll be responsible for getting the word out to hackers in your community so they can attend. To do that, we recommend using the following strategies:

  • Share your digital flyers in various online communities related to your school, community centers, co-working spaces, etc.
  • Create a Facebook event and invite all your friends.
  • Contact professors and teachers so they can invite their students. We recommend CS 101 classes and any other courses where you think you can find people interested.
  • Reach out to chapters of the ACM, WiCS, and local hacker clubs to invite their members to attend and to put in their newsletters.
  • Reach out to local Meetup organizers and ask them to promote the event over email.

What do hackers do at my Local Hack Day?

Attending a Local Hack Day is like attending a lightweight version of an overnight hackathon. During the virtual event, hackers will do the following:

  • Check-in with the local organizers when they arrive.
  • Watch the pre-recorded opening ceremony where the local organizers will go over the schedule.
  • Make friends with other attendees, learn new skills, and build something awesome in ~12 hours.
  • Submit their project on the global Local Hack Day Devpost.
  • Participate in any side events like online workshops and mini-events that the local organizers are planning.

Where does Local Hack Day take place?

Local Hack Day is a global event that spans 7 continents and more cities and countries than we can keep count of. On April 11th, 2020, community leaders around the world will simultaneously organize 12-hour digital hackathons to bring together hackers to learn, build, and share. No venue is needed for this online event but you will need a Discord channel so that your attendees can engage with each other for workshops, mini events, and general fun.

What kind of support does MLH provide Local Hack Day organizers?

Major League Hacking will support and work with you every step of the way to make sure your event is a success! Organizers will have their digital Local Hack Day event featured on the Local Hack Day website for hackers to view, access to one-on-one mentorship and guidance, and goodies for hackers. Some forms of support MLH provides include:

  • Mentorship and planning support around organizing your Local Hack Day
  • A dedicated landing page for your event on the Local Hack Day website
  • Online marketing & promotion of the event to MLH's network of hackers
  • A box of goodies for hackers to be distributed at a later date (stickers, posters, & a surprise swag item)
  • A welcome video with information about Local Hack Day for you to play at the Opening Ceremony
  • Software freebies & giveaways for attendees

Do I need sponsors/food/swag for my Local Hack Day?

While most overnight hackathons have sponsors, food, and custom swag, Local Hack Days don’t need those things to be successful. Many Local Hack Day organizers have never planned an event before, so by design Local Hack Day is meant to be easy to put on. If you sign up, you’ll receive a box of swag and goodies to give to attendees from MLH and our global Local Hack Day sponsors at a safer time.

If you want to go above and beyond, you are welcome to secure sponsors for your Local Hack Day and/or custom swag. Any local sponsorship you raise is yours to keep and spend on making your digital Local Hack Day awesome.

What are the registration deadlines for Local Hack Day organizers?

You can sign up to host a Local Hack Day until March 29th at 6pm ET / 10pm UTC. However, if you would like to receive a box of physical goodies from MLH and our sponsors in the mail, you'll need to register and complete your organizer portal forms by the following deadlines:

  • Domestic (USA only) events: March 29th, 2020 @ 6pm ET / 10pm UTC
  • International (non-USA) events: March 22th, 2020 @ 6pm ET / 10pm UTC

Is there a minimum amount of people required to register?

No! Whether you have a Discord channel full of hackers or just a couple of friends, we want people to have fun with their local hacker community, while celebrating with other communities around the world. The average Local Hack Day is about 25 people, but they can be as large as several hundred and as small as just three friends.

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.

My question wasn't answered here, help!

Don't worry! We're here to help. Just send an email with your questions to localhackday@mlh.io and we'll get back to you within 2 - 3 business days.

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