Come together for 36 hours with the brightest developers, designers, and creators in the world to make something amazing.

As a hacker, you won’t be breaking into databases or security systems. You and your team will be applying your knowledge of app development, web development, hardware, and more to create innovative solutions to existing problems.

No matter the skill level, we give every hacker the opportunity to grow and learn. This year, we want to go back to the core elements of a successful hackathon — creation, community, and mentorship — and provide an environment where this growth will happen naturally.


At MHacks, we cultivate a community where people aren’t afraid to push their boundaries and explore something new. It’s not about being the best — it's about being your best.

Traditionally, hackers are portrayed as expert programmers or tampering criminals. It’s time to abandon those clichés and introduce a new perspective.

By redefining what it means to be a hacker, we’re creating a hackathon where diversity facilitates rich ideas and open innovation.

At MHacks 6, being a hacker means being a:


Everyone has the capacity to be a creator. We all have ideas, and MHacks has the resources to turn your ideas into reality. When was the last time you did something for the first time? At MHacks, we want you to push your boundaries and take risks, whether it be by learning a new language or by working with people you've just met.

With MLH’s hardware lab as well as our own hardware, MHacks 6 will have all the resources you need to create something to be proud of by the end of the weekend. But it’s not enough to have just tools and ideas. As a creator, you need to have the passion and determination to follow through.

To help you step out of your comfort zone, we have an awesome lineup of sponsor-led tech talks and intro-level workshops that let hackers dabble in new technologies they find interesting.

As each member grows, our whole community flourishes, giving rise to an environment where hackers produce the best and show what they are capable of.

Dream Big, Hack Bigger.

Community Member

At MHacks, the energy is undeniable. We like to think of it as organized chaos. You may not know where the next 36 hours will take you, and that’s okay. You take the first step anyway.

At the center of this energy, you, the hackers, are the single most important aspect of MHacks. We take pride in our hackers, and because of this, we strive to create more than just a three-day experience.

We don’t just want you to build hacks; we want you to build relationships with the incredible people around you. At the end of the weekend, it's the impromptu snowball fights, the late-night dance parties, and midnight Insomnia cookies that you will remember the most.


No one should be afraid to ask for help.

If you plan on working with a specific technology, join one of our cortices — spaces where people hack on the same type of technology. This year, we’re offering six different cortices: iOS, Android, Web Development, Virtual Reality/Game Development, Hardware, and Social Impact. Whether you need help with environment setup or don’t know a particular syntax, the mentors in each cortex will be there to help you out.

And remember, our mentors are people too! You’re allowed (and encouraged) to have casual conversations. Get to know the people around you. Chances are they’ll have the same questions!

Through these cortices, we are encouraging everyone to use their own knowledge to help their fellow hackers. We all have different strengths and talents. At MHacks, the spirit of collaboration allows each person to be both a mentor and a mentee.

We want to know: what does being a hacker mean to you?


Frequently Asked Questions


When/where is MHacks?
MHacks 6 will open the doors for hacker registration on the evening of Friday, September 11th on the University of Michigan's North Campus. More details will become available as we near the event.

What should I bring?
Bring your laptop, phone, student ID, toiletries, water bottle, a change of clothes, and a well-rested and open mind. We'll do our best to get you anything else you need.

What can't I bring?
Weapons of any kind, drugs, and alcohol.

What can I hack on?
We'll be providing lots of awesome hardware to hack on, courtesy of our sponsors. Stay tuned to this page and MHacks social media for updates.


How will I get there?
After your registration is confirmed and you receive word that you're coming to MHacks, we'll share information about buses and travel reimbursements. More than likely, we'll be sending a bus to a school near you.

If I fly, will I be reimbursed?
Not everyone who sends in a reimbursement request will receive a reimbursement. Each request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and reimbursements will be given out accordingly.


What if I don't have an idea?
No problem! Many hackers arrive at a hackathon with little to no idea of what they'll be building. Check out our API expo to see what's available to you from our sponsors. Aim for a prize, or don't. Totally up to you.

What if I don't have a team?
A few weeks before MHacks, we'll connect registered hackers with a database of other available hackers looking for a team. If this is your first hackathon, there will definitely be others who don't have prior experience that are looking for team members, so don't worry.

What if I live far away?
We are able to provide travel reimbursements for hackers depending on location and availability of transportation. Travel reimbursements must be explicitly approved, and you will be notified if you receive a reimbursement.

What if I don't want to hack?
We invite you to come see the expo on Sunday as everyone finishes up their hacks. We'll be sharing more information about the public expo soon. If you don’t want to hack, please do not fill out the MHacks registration application.


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