October 28 - 30, 2016

October 28 - 30, 2016

Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon Season

Begin an Adventure

HackNC is a weekend for students of all skill levels to broaden their talents. Your challenge is to make an awesome project in just 24 hours. You will have access to hands-on workshops and demos from our sponsors, as well as exciting talks about the awesome things happening right now with computer science and technology - not to mention all of the free food, shirts, stickers, and swag!

HackNC begins with just a weekend, but we hope you will whet skills, make friends, and foster ideas here that flourish. Ready to apply? You'll need a laptop and your fanciest thinking cap - everything else is on us. Get started now.


What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a weekend of fun and learning. You'll become a better programmer, meet awesome people, and make cool stuff. There will also be opportunities to win cool prizes and network with our sponsors.

I'm 18 by Oct. 28th. Can I apply?

You're welcome to come!

Can I hack?

High schoolers over 18, undergraduates, and graduate students are welcome to participate as hackers. Professionals should check out mentorship.

How do I get in?

Anyone can attend HackNC. Apply below. Our admission criteria doesn't include your level of experience; we're only limited by the amount of food we can serve.

Got any hardware?

You bet! MLH is providing the full hardware lab. In addition, we will have soldering kits and other assorted components, Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, sensors, and more Pebbles than you can wear on four limbs...

Can I mentor?

Professionals are welcome to join as mentors, sponsors, or lecturers. If you want to come as a mentor, send an email to [email protected] and tell us how you'd like to get involved!

Will I fit in?

Definitely! HackNC and the UNC Computer Science Department are committed to making computer science a more diverse field. Inclusiveness is a top priority for us, and we've been beginner-friendly from the start.

Can I use old code?

You may use all the publicly available code and APIs that you want, but the code you will be judged on at the end of the hackathon must be new.

What about sleep?

You should do it! Bring your own pillow and sleeping bag or blankets. There will be a sleeping space available Friday and Saturday nights. More info available on our travel page.

Travel costs?

If you want to come, we want to help get you here. We will have a limited number of reimbursements for carpooling, bussing, and airfare. You can read more about travel on the travel page.

Will there be food?

Don’t worry - we’ll provide six full meals throughout the hackathon and there will be plenty of snacks in between. You won’t be hungry.

How can I volunteer?

You can volunteer at HackNC by filling out this form. Anyone can volunteer!


  1. Read the MLH code of conduct.
  2. Learn about our travel policy.
  3. Thoughtfully fill out the application.
  4. Tell everyone you know!