Students spend 36 hours building anything they can imagine, and take breaks to interact with technology visionaries, founders, and find new mentors. They meet with the hottest, most sought-after companies in the world who vie for hackers' attention. For MHacks, students give up a weekend of partying to invest a weekend in their personal growth by learning something new, and creating solutions to problems they see in the world. 

MHacks isn't just a hackathon -- it's a community of people who have ideas and build them.


- Teams may include up to four members.

- All hacks must be built at MHacks 9 by registered participants. Unregistered hackers will not be allowed to participate.

- Remote participation is not allowed.


Judging will be divided into seven different categories of hacks. Upon completion of their hack, participants will self-designate the best category in which they wish to be judged. These seven categories are based on the cortex model of MHacks:

    • iOS
    • Android
    • Web Development
    • Game Design
    • Hardware
    • VR/AR
    • AI/ML


Students and teams may not enter into more than one of the above seven categories. To promote fairness, students must briefly justify the category they chose.

Hackathon Sponsors


$40,080 in prizes

MHacks 9: First Place

4x Echo Dots
4x Philips Hue Lights Starter Kit
1x $5000 AWS Credit
1x $1000 Grant from 1517
MLH powered by Dell and Windows medals for each team member

MHacks 9: Second Place

4x Weekender Bags to take to your next hackathon!
4x VModa M-100 Headphones
4x Premium MixMax Accounts
MLH powered by Dell and Windows medals for each team member

MHacks 9: Third Place

4x Jaybird X3 Wireless Headphones
4x Premium MixMax accounts
MLH powered by Dell and Windows medals for each team member

Best Use of Twilio's API

4x Sphero Star Wars BB-8 App Controlled Robot

1517: Best Hack (2)

1517 in wishing to support hackers in continuing their work and passions, provides a 1K grant, 5K in AWS credits, and ongoing mentorship to teams that create a unique and creative hack

1x $1000 Grant to be used to further develop your hack!
1x $5,000 AWS Credit

Best use of MixMax's API

4x Lego Set

C2's Best Hack for Air Traffic Control (3)

C2 looking for ideas and innovative solutions to enable people to have an immersive, virtual,experience of air traffic control. This virtual experience will advance the understanding of the environment, physical conditions, ops tempo and technology experienced in air traffic control.
Your solution can be anything that helps people get the feel for what it's like to experience air traffic control. The proposed solutions to this innovation challenge should be fairly easy to implement and yield positive user experiences.
Submission Requirements
o Video (Narrated description of your Technology solution (3 min. max)
Brief Description
o What is your product?
o How will it solve the challenge?
o How is it sustainable?

1st Place: 4x VR Headsets

2nd Place: 4x Seagate 1TB External USB

DRW: Most Innovative Hack

4x Google Home
4x Google Chromecast
4x Google Chromecast Audio

Capital One: Best Financial Hack

4x $300 Amazon Gift Card

Best Use Of a .tech Domain

Submit a hack using a .tech domain to be eligible to win this prize! Redeem your free .tech domain here:

Go to - - and fill your details.

Select MHacks and enter the secret code - - to submit your request.

1x $250 Amazon Gift Card

Best use of Wolfam Tech

Use your creativity with the Wolfram Language and the Wolfram Technology stack and creative a awesome hack

Prize: Speaking spot at the Wolfram Technology Conference, October 17-20 in Champaign, IL with up to a $500 travel reimbursement

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 AWS Credit

Best Domain Name from Swag Bags


Use your tech skills for good and hack online harassment! Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment. Members of the winning team receive Hack Harassment Battery Packs!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Zackary Sadlier

Zackary Sadlier

Judging Criteria

  • Technical ability
  • Creativity
  • Usefulness/Impactfulness
  • Design

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