The world's best interdisciplinary hackathon - Hacktech!

The world's best interdisciplinary hackathon, held at Caltech in Pasadena, CA! Meet hackers from all over the world and create projects to solve problems at the intersections of fields ranging from education to games/entertainment using anything from hardware to machine learning, all while having a sensational time!!

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Prizes

$16,237 in prizes

[eBay] Best Hack Using eBay APIs

Each member of the winning team will receive an Apple watch and a $100 eBay gift card.

[Uber] Best Hack that Acts on the Physical World

Each member of the winning team will receive a $100 Uber gift card!

Best Hardware Hack

Each member of the winning team will receive an arduino starter kit, a 1 year subscription to wolfram one personal, and a 1 year subscription to wolfram alpha pro!

Best Education Hack

Each member of the winning team will receive a wireless mechanical keyboard, a 1 year subscription to wolfram one personal, and a 1 year subscription to wolfram alpha pro!

Best ML/AI hack

Each member of the winning team will receive a Fire HD 8 tablet, a 1 year subscription to wolfram one personal, and a 1 year subscription to wolfram alpha pro!

Most Aesthetic/Well-Designed Hack

Each member of the winning team will receive Google Chromecast, a 1 year subscription to wolfram one personal, and a 1 year subscription to wolfram alpha pro!

Best Game/Entertainment Hack

Each member of the winning team will receive a $50 Gamestop Gift Card, a 1 year subscription to wolfram one personal, and a 1 year subscription to wolfram alpha pro!

Best Mobile Hack

Each member of the winning team will receive a solar charger, a 1 year subscription to wolfram one personal, and a 1 year subscription to wolfram alpha pro!

Best Social Good Hack

Each member of the winning team will receive a *sick* JBL speaker, a 1 year subscription to wolfram one personal, and a 1 year subscription to wolfram alpha pro!

[Domain.com/MLH] Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Register a domain using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit and a MLH 2019 Hackathon Season medal.

[Google Cloud Platform/MLH] Best use of Google Cloud Platform

Use Google Cloud Platform in your hack. Find a full list of GCP products & services at . Each winning team member will receive a Google Home Mini, max 4 per team.

[Qualcomm/MLH] Best IoT Hack using a Qualcomm Device

Use a Qualcomm device, like the DragonBoard 410c, in your IoT project. Each winning team member will receive their own DragonBoard 410c as well as an MLH 2019 Hackathon Season medal.

[Snapchat/MLH] Best Use of SnapKit

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. Each winning team member will receive a pair of Spectacles by Snapchat.

Best Potato Hack

The winning team will be awarded bragging rights and one potato sponsored by the Earth.

[eBay] Best Hack Using eBay APIs - 2nd Place

Each member of the winning team will receive a $100 eBay gift card.

[eBay] Best Hack Using eBay APIs - 3rd Place

Each member of the winning team will receive a $50 eBay gift card.

[eBay] Best Hack Using eBay APIs - 4th Place

Each member of the winning team will receive a $50 eBay gift card.

Judges

Jay Yuan

Jay Yuan
Tech Lead Manager at Uber

Anthony Chong

Anthony Chong
CEO of IKASI

Zach Rivkin

Zach Rivkin
Chief of Staff of 8VC

Claire Ralph

Claire Ralph
Professor of Computer Science

Grace Park

Grace Park
Software Engineer at Google

Peter Cuy

Peter Cuy
Software Engineer at Google

Theo Strinopolous

Theo Strinopolous
Software Engineer at Google

Tyson Mao

Tyson Mao
Founder of Hadron Labs

Ashish Mahabal

Ashish Mahabal
Senior Computational Scientist in Astrophysics

Rosemary Macedo

Rosemary Macedo
Director of Research at Hightree Advisors

Irene Wang

Irene Wang
Software Engineer at Facebook

Cathy Ma

Cathy Ma
Software Engineer at Facebook

Archan Luhar

Archan Luhar
Software Engineer at Facebook

Aaron Feldman

Aaron Feldman
Software Engineer at Facebook

Ryan Batterman

Ryan Batterman
Software Engineer at Facebook

Robert Eng

Robert Eng
Software Engineer at Affinity

Chen Chang

Chen Chang
Software Engineer at Google

Judging Criteria

  • Usability
    How usable is your hack in its current state? Strive to create a functioning project even if it doesn't have a ton of features!
  • Interdisciplinary
    Does your hack combine principles from across different fields? Live up to our theme and make a hack that explore the intersection of computer science with other fields!
  • Creativity
    How creative is your hack? Try to approach the problem you are trying to solve from a novel angle!
  • Polish
    Is your hack polished? Create a hack that looks as great as it functions!