The most epic hackathon. Ever. 1,000+ Hackers. 100+ Universities. In THE BIG HOUSE.


MHacks is the largest hackathon in the world, run exclusively for students, by students. We bring together the smartest people from around the world for 36 hours of incredible hacking.

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Prizes

Grand Prize presented by Hearst Automotive
$6,000

Cash amount to be announced
TechStars package
Fly out and housing for "TechStars for a day"
Interview with Managing Director in Boulder
Multiple mentor meetings with star mentors

Entrance to Greylock Hackfest
Flights included if team members are not in the Bay Area this summer

Second Prize
$3,000

Third Prize
$2,000

Most Technically Impressive - Andreessen Horowitz
$2,000

Solve an awesome technical challenge to win!

Best use of Car & Driver API
$3,500

Best B2B Hack using a Hearst API
$3,500

Best use of Parse or Facebook
$3,000

Best use of iOS (3)

4 iPads

Best use of Amazon Web Services
$1,500

Best use of AlchemyAPI
$1,500

Best venture accepting payments using Ribbon - Ribbon.co
$1,000

Best use of MongoDB
$500

Prize for efficiency/speed/strong implementation - IMC Financial
$500

Best Healthcare Hack - Epic
$500

Best Weather Hack - Weather Underground
$500

Best hack that helps people recover from the unexpected - State Farm
$500

Best use of Twilio API - Lego Mindstorms EV3
$700

2 Lego Mindstorms EV3 valued at $350 ea.

Best use of SendGrid API - Leap Motion Controllers
$480

Most Creative Prediction API - Google - 4 Nexus 7 Tablets & 4 ChromeCasts for AppEngine
$500

Best use of TellApart

1 on 1 meeting with TellApart Head of Engineering

Thiel Fellowship "Under 20" Prize - All team members must be under the age of 20

A priority review of the 2014 Thiel Fellowship application

Travel and accommodations paid to attend the next Under20 Summit

Coffee meet and greet with members of the Thiel Fellowship Leadership committee and a representative from one of the Thiel Investment Funds

Best Finance Related App - Benzinga Pro
$80

NeuroSky Mindwaves - Control apps on your computer using your brain waves.

Best use of Point.io
$500

Winners receive a Point.io Kegerator.

Eligibility

- Teams can have a maximum of 4 members

- All members must be registered and physically present at MHacks

Requirements

Build something awesome. All platforms accepted.

Judges

Dave Fontenot

Dave Fontenot
mhacks

Raj Vir

Raj Vir
mhacks

Judging Criteria

  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?
  • Originality
    Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount?
  • Polish / Design
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?

How to enter

- All teammates create a ChallengePost account

- Assign all teammates to a draft submission

- Make your app (any platform is accepted)

- Produce your screenshots and/or video demo (posted on Youtube or Vimeo)

- Submit your app

- Attend the demo fair

- Wait for judging announcements and final demos