Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon Season
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The word "hack" in hackathon is used to describe how multiple technologies can be used together in a new and innovative way e.g. think about “hacking something together”. Teams spend the weekend working on innovative software and hardware solutions to real-world problems in a community full of mentorship.
We want to help you turn your ideas into reality. You're welcome to come with or without a team. We'll provide you with all the resources and mentors you need to help you work on something cool or learn new skills. You'll have the freedom to create a product, learn new techniques for your future work, or just have fun working on a project with friends.
This year, TAMUhack will be held in the beautiful Memorial Student Center -- the living room of the campus. Come hang out with us and experience why the MSC is one of Texas A&M’s greatest living traditions!
Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend?
Any graduate/undergraduate student who is over 18. Regardless of your experience, education, background, or anything else, as long as you are passionate about learning, building, and having fun (even if your preferred editor is nano). NOTE: We are able to admit minors only if they are accompanied by a college student (18+) who is planning on participating in the hackathon. Have additional questions? Email us at [email protected]
How much does it cost?
Nothing. Nada. Zilch. It's completely free for all accepted hackers. To make it even better, we'll throw in a ton of swag, food, WiFi, workspaces, and caffeine while you're here.
How much experience do I need?
Absolutely zero. We want you here because you have a passion for creating, not because you know how to run MapReduce jobs on 20 Cassandra clusters through a Rails app which is using Node serial to pull coordinates from a Raspberry Pi. Even if you are brand new to programming, this is the perfect opportunity to learn. We’ll have lots of resources including workshops and a bunch of mentors to help beginners get started. There'll also be plenty of people to learn from and help out! All you need to do is ask.
Tabs or Spaces?
Spaces - don't tabs make you practically unhirable?
How do teams work?
Teams can be up to 4 people. It's not necessary to have a team before the event or have one at all. Hacking with friends is more fun though. There will be plenty of time after the opening ceremony at the event to form teams if you don't have one yet.
Will there be workshops and talks?
Of course! We will have workshops running throughout the whole event. Here's the complete schedule.
How are we selecting who attends?
We are looking for novices, experts, and everyone in between. In fact, we aim to have a very diverse set of of hackers. In the end, we are really looking out for people who can show their passion for creation and learning.
What if I want to volunteer?
That's awesome! We would love to have you volunteer regardless of your previous experience, major or engineering background. Volunteer sign-ups for 2018 are now closed.
How should I behave?
What a great question! Check out the MLH Code of Conduct. Although we're all here to have fun, we do not want to create an unpleasant environment for any hacker.
Will there be hardware available?
Yes! In addition to the MLH hardware lab (which includes Oculus Rifts and Leap Motions), we will always have our own custom hardware available.
Travel reimbursements?
We will be sending buses to some schools in Texas and will offer gas reimbursements for people driving in. Bus schedules will be released closer to the event. However, we will NOT be offering flight reimbursements this year (sorry!).
What if I have more questions?
Email us with any questions, comments, concerns at [email protected], or message us here!