October 20-21, 2018

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Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon Season


The University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s 24-hour tech innovation marathon where students across the East Coast collaborate on new ideas to build mobile, web and hardware projects. HackUMBC invites diverse groups of students to enjoy a weekend of hacking, workshops, tech talks, networking, and other fun activities. At the end of 24 hours, participants’ projects are presented and judged for different prize categories from sponsors and other organizations.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a tech innovation marathon. This is where your dreams run wild. Solve a real-world problem with technology or build the next Iron Man suit.

What if I don't have a team or an idea?

No problem! You can find a team once you arrive. Most hackers arrive without a team. You will often find inspiration for ideas at the hackathon.

What if I don't code?

This is the perfect opportunity to learn something new! There will be workshops geared towards beginners and mentors to help you throughout the event.

Who can attend?

Current undergraduate students can compete. High school students who are juniors or seniors are also eligible. Anyone is welcome to drop by and see what participants are working on!

What can I build?

Anything! Web, mobile, desktop, and hardware projects are all welcome. Projects will be judged based on creativity, technical difficulty, polish, and usefulness.

Will there be hardware?

We have partnered with MLH to provide hardware hacking resources to all hackers. Check out the full list of hardware.

How much does it cost?

HackUMBC is free! Food, beverages, swag, and workspaces will be provided. You just have to travel to the event and we will take care of the rest! :)

What should I bring?

Valid photo ID is required. (State issued ID is highly recommended.) Laptops, sleeping bags, and toiletries are highly recommended.

How big should teams be? Can I hack alone?

Teams should be at most FOUR people. We highly recommend that you form a team, but solo hackers are allowed.

Can I build on past projects?

We strongly discourage building off of existing projects you've worked on. However, using third–party APIs and libraries are encouraged, as long as they're accessible by everyone.

Will there be travel reimbursement?

At this time we will NOT be able to provide travel reimbursement to hackers due to shortage of funds. However, we WILL be able to provide busing to University of Maryland, College Park this semester so watch out for that.

Do I have to sleep over at the hackathon?

You are always able to come and go at the hackathon but only work done at the venue will be eligible for judging. You are also welcome to bring a sleeping bag but we will not have a designated area for sleeping.

Is there a code of conduct?

Yes. Be nice to others.

I have more questions!

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