Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon Season

WildHacks 2016 Presents

B u i l d - Y o u r - O w n


November 18-20 Northwestern University

Co-Hosted by Trustwave

Hello again,

old friend.

For our third WildHacks, we wanted to mix things up a little bit. Now we're putting YOU in the organizer's seat (except minus all the boring stuff). You get to choose the event you want. You pick what to eat, what to do, what to win, and much more. It's a hackathon by the people, for the people.


Northwestern University


November 18-20, 2016

A little special.

We've got some great programming lined up for you. Some speakers we'll have include:

Diana Mounter

Design Systems Lead, GitHub

Jake Albaugh

Engineer, CodePen

Your own classmates will also be giving lightning talks of their own! Based on your votes, your lightning talkers will be:

Minh Hoang

How to Build a Facebook Bot

Timotius Sitorus

Introduction to React

Alaina Kafkes

Build Her Up: How to Create Communities for Women in Tech

Ram Zallan

How to Perfect Your Personal Site

Brian Chuk

TravelHacking: Tips to get Free Flights as a Student Dev

Logan Engstrom

Convolutional Neural Networks for Dogs

Nagee Elghassein

Write Quit: An Introduction to Vim

Schedule of Events

Friday, November 18

  • 3:00pm -> 4:00pm Sponsors arrive
  • 4:00pm -> 7:00pm Career fair
  • 4:00pm -> 7:00pm Hacker registration
  • 7:00pm -> 8:00pm Dinner (Hosted by Trustwave)
  • 8:30pm -> 10:00pm Opening ceremony
  • 10:00pm -> Sunday Hacking begins
  • 10:30pm -> 11:15pm Tech talk: Fullstack Academy

Saturday, November 19

  • 8:00am -> 9:30am Breakfast
  • 9:45am -> 10:30am Tech talk: Knight Lab
  • 10:30pm -> 11:15pm Lightning Talks
  • 12:00pm -> 1:30pm Lunch
  • 1:30pm -> 2:15pm Tech talk: Vox Media
  • 2:15pm -> 3:15pm VC Panel
  • 5:30pm -> 6:15pm Keynote: Diana Mounter
  • 6:15pm -> 7:00pm Keynote: Jake Albaugh
  • 7:00pm -> 8:30pm Dinner
  • 10:00pm Bubble Tea from Kung Fu Tea
  • 11:00pm MLH cup stacking
  • 12:00am Insomnia Cookies

Sunday, November 20

  • Friday -> 10:00am Hacking ends
  • 10:30am -> 11:30am Brunch
  • 11:30am -> 1:30pm Judging
  • 1:30pm -> 2:30pm Final presentations and closing ceremony

Big thanks

to our sponsors:


to our partners:

What's the Deal With...

What is WildHacks?

WildHacks is a 36-hour event during which students build a software or hardware project from start to finish. We'll provide you with the resources to create something new and show it off to the rest of the world.

Can I attend?

All university students (undergraduate or graduate) are eligible to attend. Unfortunately we are not admitting high school students this year.

Will there be hardware provided?

Yes! We've partnered with Major League Hacking to add hardware to your WildHacks experience. Check back later for a full list of the gear provided.

What should I bring?

You’re going to need at the very least your laptop and charger, as well as your valid student or government ID. We also recommend toiletries and a change of clothes, and a sleeping bag if you’re planning on sleeping (which is recommended, but not required).

How do I get there?

You can read about our full travel policy here. We will be providing free buses to nearby schools. If you'd like us to send a bus to your school, email We will also be providing limited travel reimbursement.

How much does this cost?

The event is free for all participants. We'll provide the venue, food, wi-fi, etc. You just need to show up!

How do teams work?

Up to four people can work as a team. If you don't have a team, don't worry - there will be plenty of students at WildHacks eager to collaborate!

Do I need to decide my teammates now?

Nope! You can always log in and update your application later.

What if I've never been to a hackathon?

That's no problem! We will have plenty of student and industry mentors on hand if you need help getting started or learning a new thing.

How else can I get involved with WildHacks?

If you'd like to mentor our hackers, email If you'd like to sponsor, email

What if I have another question?

That's no problem! We will have plenty of student and industry mentors on hand if you need help getting started or learning a new thing.

When is the deadline to apply?

The deadline for the first round of registration is Saturday, October 15th at 11:59pm CST. The deadline for the second round of registration is Tuesday, November 1st at 11:59pm CST. The earlier you apply, the better your chances to reserve bus seats and secure travel reimbursement!