This April 8th, join us and 600 students from across the nation for 24 hours of creation, innovation, and fun. All are welcome to join, from seasoned coding veterans to first-time hackers from any major or field. Discover your ability to create change by developing technology to solve real-world problems, get mentored by industry professionals, and enjoy tons of free food, swag, prizes, and much more!
What is a hackathon?
Pretty much the coolest thing ever. Hackathons create a framework for people to work together to solve problems, drive innovation, and build for the future.
Can high schoolers come?
Anyone in highschool and over the age of 18 may participate with a valid ID.
Do I need a team?
Some people will have organised themselves into teams before the event, but many won't have or may only have partial teams. Don't worry if you're on your own, once you're at the event, we can help you pair up with other hackers to make an awesome team!
What is the Code of Conduct?
The MLH Code of Conduct ensures that all guests have a positive experience at our hackathon!
Who can participate?
MLH Hackathons are open to any student currently enrolled in full time higher education. Graduates who graduated less than a year ago may also attend.
How many people can be on a team?
Teams may be up to 5 people, and of course you can always have fewer!
What should I bring?
You'll need a laptop, or some kind of device you can program on. You might also want to bring a toothbrush/toiletries. Make sure to have your student ID for check-in!
How do I get there?
The easiest way to get to State College is either by driving or taking a Megabus. We will be providing reimbursement for cars traveling with two or more hackers. See the map section below for more details.
How long is the hackathon?
The hackathon runs from 11:30am Saturday to 4:30pm Sunday, with hacking starting at 1:00pm Saturday and concluding 1:00pm Sunday, for a total of 24 hours.
Do I need to pay anything?
No, the event is completely free to attend!
What about food?
Food, drinks and snacks will all be provided for free! Make sure to let us know of any dietary restrictions when you register.
Is there travel reimbursement?
Yes! We offer up to $50 in reimbursement if you are travelling with two or more people.
From I-99 South: take exit 73 toward Penn State University onto Park Avenue. At the light, turn left onto Bigler Road.
From 322 West: take the last exit towards Beaver Stadium. It will take you onto Park Avenue. At the light, turn left onto Bigler Road.
Parking is free for the weekend in the East Parking Deck, a quick stroll from the Business Building and right behind the Berkey Creamery. If you get lost driving through campus, just look for signs for the Creamery, because they are *literally* everywhere.