This year’s theme is Smart Space, which aims to design systems and use technology to connect the Earth with our solar system at large. It’s time to think of large scale design and how each of their subsystems interact. From gathering environmental data from satellites to image recognition and flight analytics, Smart Space allows you to design systems on a massive scale. You can go to Mars and beyond or bring it back down to Earth! This year with a wider focus, projects can go to infinity and beyond!

Saturday March 9th
Time Event
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Check-In
11:00 AM Opening Ceremony
12:00 PM Lunch and Begin Hacking
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Team Building
1:00 PM MLH Hardware Lab Opens
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM What is a Hackathon?
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM What is Space?
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Intro to Arduino - Ed Dougherty
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM RAS Drone Racing
6:00 PM Dinner
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Webtime with John
8:30 PM - 9:15 PM MLH Slideshow Karaoke
9:30 PM - 10:30 PM IEEE Workshop
10:30 PM - 11:30 PM Planetarium Show - "To Space and Back"


Sunday, March 10th
Time Event
12:00 AM Midnight Trivia and Cookies
3:00 AM Late Night Snack
8:00 AM Breakfast
11:30 AM Submit Hacks to Devpost
12:00 PM Lunch / Hacking Ends
12:45 PM Hackers Set Up for Science Fair Judging
1:00 PM Science Fair Judging
2:45 PM Move to Pfleeger
3:45 PM Top 5 Present
4:30 PM Closing Ceremony


Any high school, undergraduate, and graduate students are welcome to attend.

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$2,075 in prizes

1st Place

Each member of this team(of 4) will receive a DJI Tello Quadcopter Drone Kit along with the MLH winner medal.

2nd Place

Each member of this team(of 4) will receive a Google Home along with the MLH winner medal

3rd Place

Each member of this team(of 4) will receive a Google Home Mini and Chromecast along with the MLH winner medal.

JP Morgan Chase: Best Hack for Social Good

Think about how technology can be used to aid cities impacted by natural disasters with relief and recovery. You can build off of one of the existing ideas already in the disaster relief technology landscape or come up with new ideas that address gaps in this space. Each winning team member will receive Bose wireless headphones

Best Domain Name from

Register a domain using during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit.

Best use of Google Cloud Platform

Use Google Cloud Platform in your hack. Find a full list of GCP products & services at: Each winning team member will receive a Google Home Mini

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

Use a Qualcomm device, like the Dragonboard 410C, in your IoT project. Each winning team member will receive their own DragonBoard 410C.

Snap Kit Prize

Use Snap Kit's web or mobile SDK in your hack. Each winning team member will receive an awesome Casio calculator watch.

.tech Challenge

Build the best hack on a .tech domain to win a free $150 Amazon voucher.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Register at and show up. 


Chris Frederickson

Chris Frederickson

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Chris Dietsch

Chris Dietsch

Aaron Yangello

Aaron Yangello

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Criteria
    How complex is this project? Do they use more than one technology?
  • Polish
    Does the hack work they way they intend it to? Does it work well and have a nice design?
  • Orginality
    Is this something unique or can you buy it in a store or download the software?
  • Usefulness
    Will this improve people’s lives? Is there a need for this?

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