Students spend 36 hours building anything they can imagine, and take breaks to interact with technology visionaries, founders, and find new mentors. They meet with the hottest, most sought-after companies in the world who vie for hackers' attention. For MHacks, students give up a weekend of partying to invest a weekend in their personal growth by learning something new, and creating solutions to problems they see in the world. 

MHacks isn't just a hackathon -- it's a community of people who have ideas and build them.


- Teams may include up to four members.

- All hacks must be built at MHacks 11 by registered participants. Unregistered hackers will not be allowed to participate.

- Remote participation is not allowed.


Judging will be divided into seven different categories of hacks. Upon completion of their hack, participants will self-designate the best category in which they wish to be judged. These seven categories are based on the cortex model of MHacks:

    • iOS
    • Android
    • Web Development
    • Game Design
    • Hardware
    • VR/AR
    • AI/ML

Students and teams may not enter into more than one of the above seven categories. To promote fairness, students must briefly justify the category they chose.

Hackathon Sponsors


$25,200 in prizes

MHacks Grand Prize

DJI Spark Drone
Nanoleaf Aurora Lights

*All prizes are for EACH team member

MHacks 2nd Place Prize

Nintendo Switch
Amazon Echo Spot

MHacks 3rd Place Prize

Sonos One

Wayfair - Best Use of API

Oculus Go

Facebook - Best Social Good Hack

All expense paid trip to Facebook’s Global Hackathon

MongoDB - Best Use of MongoDB Stitch

$500 in Amazon Gift Cards to the Team

Google Firebase - Best use of Firebase

Google Daydream View

Polaris - The Work Hard, Play Hard Award

The Challenge: Using the Ride Command dataset of 50,000 real-world rides, develop an innovative application or visualization using the ride data. (Please see Polaris Recruiting Booth for the dataset and challenge document).
Raspberry Pi

Goldman Sachs - Best use of Goldman Sachs Marquee API

Oculus Go

Twilio - Best use of Twilio API

Nintendo Switch

Capital One - Best Financial Hack

$250 Amazon Gift Card

Clinc - Best Application of Conversational AI Using The Clinc AI Platform (3)

$1000 in Amazon Gift Cards (in total for the team) and 3 months of free access to the Clinc AI Platform. 4 runner ups will also receive 3 months of free access.

StockX - Best Use of StockX API

Stock X Gift Cards

Best use of Google Cloud Platform

Google Home Mini

Use Google Cloud Platform in your hack. Find a full list of GCP products & services at:

Best use of Algolia API

Casio CA-506C-5A Calculator Watch

Use Algolia's search API in your project.

Best Domain Registered with

Raspberry Pis & PiHut Essential Kits
Register a domain using during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team.

Best use of

Hacker gear & swag from

Use's mapping API or SDK in your project.

Best IoT Hack using a Qualcomm Device

DragonBoard 410Cs

Use a Qualcomm device, like the Dragonboard 410C, in your IoT project.

Best Use of

LucidSound LS20 Gaming Headset Use Authorize.Net’s payment solutions (API, SDK, etc.) in your project.

Snap Kit Weekly Challenge

Spectacles by Snapchat Use Snap Kit in your hack. One winning team will be selected from all MLH Member Events each weekend and top entries will be reviewed by Snap engineers.

Best Chat Bot using Botkit & Cisco Webex Teams

20000 mAh Power Bank Use the Botkit SDK ( to develop a chat bot that runs on the Cisco Webex Teams platform. One winning team will be selected from all MLH Member Events each weekend.

Best use of Clarifai's API

Hacker gear from Clarifai Use Clarifai's image or video recognition API or SDK in your project. One winning team will be selected from all MLH Member Events each weekend.

[Weekly Challenge] Best Social Good Hack from Fidelity

$50 Gift Cards Demo a project that makes the world a better place through social good. One winning team will be selected from all MLH Member Events each weekend.

Best Video/Vlog

The best video/vlog of MHacks 11 will be winning a DJI Osmo mobile gimbal. The top three best video/vlogs will all be winning B&H gift cards!

MHacks Open Source Prize

Contribute to our open source software (! The best contribution to our MHacks open source software (Web, Android, or iOS) will receive instant admission into the next MHacks as well as an additional up to $100 in travel reimbursement for this MHacks.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Go to for more information on how to attend the hackathon.


Antonio Mika

Antonio Mika
Senior SRE

David Kobrosky

David Kobrosky
University Venture Partner @ Contrary Capital; Co-Founder @ Aires Medical; R&D @ Blockchain @ Michigan; Developer @ Turing

Emma Kirst

Emma Kirst
University Venture Partner @ Contrary Capital

Stuart Jackson

Stuart Jackson
Data Scientist @ IBM; PhD in Computational Neuroscience

Judging Criteria

  • Technical ability
  • Creativity
  • Usefulness/Impactfulness
  • Design

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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