Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon Season
March 23th - 25nd, 2018

Summoning fellow hackers!


Get ready for number eight!


Students from all around the midwest will be spending the weekend building everything from their first website, to drones you can fly with your wrist, and we'd love it if you joined!


Join a community of students making new things, solving new problems, and sharing what they learned along the way.


Learn from mentors excited to help people with any skills or interests, and attend workshops that will get you started.


The Vermeer Applied Technology Hub/ISU Startup Factory


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What is a hackathon?

Major League Hacking © defines a hackthon as an “invention marathon”. Anyone who has an interest in technology attends a hackathon to learn, build & share their creations over the course of a weekend in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. You don’t have to be a programmer and you certainly don’t have to be majoring in Computer Science.

What if I'm a new?

HackISU has great opportunities for people that are new to programming. In fact, we encourage new programmers to come because hackathons provide an opportunity to gain experience. As a new programmer at HackISU, you will learn a lot in a short amount of time, be challenged, and build something awesome.

Do I have to be at Iowa State?

No, HackISU is open to all students enrolled in a university program.

Will there be travel reimbursement?

We will reimburse gas receipts for carpooling cars up to $100.

Is there a place to sleep?

We have plenty of air matresses for you to sleep on, but think about bringing your favorite pillow and a blanket to keep you cozy while you sleep.

What should I bring?

For starters, bring your laptop and charger. Bring your cell phone and charger too, and a power splitter if you have one! In addition, bringing a water bottle, pillow, and any other accessories you would bring to a sleepover would be a good idea.

How many people on a team?

There can be anywhere up to four people per team. Be sure to collaborate on Devpost as a team on your project!

Do I need a team or idea to sign up?

Nope! We will have sessions to help people find team members, as well as an idea generation workshop to help people think of ideas to work on for the hackathon. So you should sign up regardless!

Will there be food?

Yes. The only thing you need to worry about is coding; let us take care of the rest. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and plenty of drinks will be provided throughout the competition at no cost to participants. We will be providing vegetarian options as well. If you have a specific food allergy, be sure to specify in the application.

Do I have to be there the entire time?

No, but all your coding and work must be done at the site of the competition.

Can I start working before HackISU starts?

No, contestants are not allowed to work on their apps before the 36-hour period. If you want to prepare for the hackathon, focus on gaining experience with and knowledge of the tools you hope to use to build your project.

Who can participate?

We welcome any undergraduate or graduate student! You don't have to be in a computer-related major or even an engineering student. You aren't required to have ever attended a hackathon before. You can come with a team, hack alone, or create a team. If you are hacking alone and want to find a team, we will help you find other participants to pair with.

How does judging work?

Teams will demo their application to a panel of judges, who will deliberate on their favorite submissions to choose the winners.

Code of Conduct?

We follow the MLH Code of Conduct

More questions?

Email us at with any other questions!