Orientation Hackathon Kickoff

This will be your first opportunity to collaborate with the other fellows in your Pod on a software project and put some of what you’ve been learning into practice! 

You’ll use Git & GitHub best practices to build an Open Source project that utilizes at least one of the technologies that your Pod will be contributing to during the program. By the end of the event, we hope that you’ll have:

  1. Familiarized yourself with at least one of your Pod’s Open Source projects
  2. Practiced collaborating on a project on GitHub using best practices 
  3. Gotten to know a few of the other fellows in your Pod better

 

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Prizes

1st Place (Team)

Each member of the winning team will receive: a 1st Place Certificate, an art print or mug of the team’s Code Name mascot (& a designer created rendition if it doesn’t exist), MLH Hackathon Season T-Shirt, T-Shirt / Swag Item from the GitHub Shop, 1 Book of your Choice from O’Reilly or Stripe Press, 3-Month Spotify Premium subscription (or other localized streaming service) for tunes during the MLH Fellowship, 3 month subscription to Pluralsight for learnings during or after the MLH Fellowship, 3 month Discord Nitro subscription, for cool discord perks like custom emoji and gifs during the MLH Fellowship, and a month of 1-on-1 Coaching from Raise.dev.

1st Place (Pod) (3)

Each member of the winning team's Pod will receive: an art print or mug of the team’s Code Name mascot (& a designer created rendition if it doesn’t exist), MLH Hackathon Season T-Shirt, T-Shirt / Swag Item from the GitHub Shop, and a month of 1-on-1 Coaching from Raise.dev.

2nd Place (Team)

Each member of the winning team will receive: a 2nd Place Certificate, MLH Hackathon Season T-Shirt, T-Shirt / Swag Item from the GitHub Shop, a 3-Month Pluralsight subscription for learnings during or after the MLH Fellowship, and a 3 month Discord Nitro subscription, for cool discord perks like custom emoji and gifs during the MLH Fellowship

3rd Place (Team)

Each member of the winning team will receive: a 3rd Place Certificate, MLH Hackathon Season T-Shirt, T-Shirt / Swag Item from the GitHub Shop, and 3 month Discord Nitro subscription, for cool discord perks like custom emoji and gifs during the MLH Fellowship.

Finalist (11)

These projects were selected to advance to the global finals of the MLH Fellowship Orientation Hackathon.

Techtonica 1st Place

Each member of the winning team will win MLH certificates, GitHub Store Credit, 3 months of Discord Nitro and MLH T-Shirt.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

You must be a member of the MLH Fellowship in order to be eligible to participate.

Requirements

As part of your submission, you’ll need to complete the following:

  1. Publish your project on GitHub with an appropriate Open Source license
  2. Record a 3-5 minute video overview and demo of your project.
  3. Submit the team questionnaire about your project on Devpost

Judges

To Be Announced

To Be Announced

Judging Criteria

  • Technology
    How technically impressive was the hack? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did it use a particularly clever technique or did it use many different components? Did the technology involved make you go "Wow"?
  • Design
    Did the team put thought into the user experience? How well designed is the interface? For a website, this might be about how beautiful the CSS or graphics are. For a hardware project, it might be more about how good the human-computer interaction is.
  • Completion
    Does the hack work? Did the team achieve everything they wanted?
  • Learning
    Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before?
  • Open Source Best Practices
    Did the team apply the Open Source best practices including, but not limited to, use of branches, pull requests, reviewing each other’s code, writing a comprehensive README, and using issues to track tasks.
  • Number of Approved Open Source Technologies
    While using one of the Pod's official Open Source technologies is a requirement, judges will give additional priority to projects that used multiple projects.