Major League Hacking 2021 Hackathon Season

At WHACK, you can have fun, be creative, build, break, learn, and ask questions in a space that celebrates diversity.

At the tenth iteration of WHACK, the Wellesley College hackathon, students from colleges throughout the U.S. Northeast will come together for 24 hours to turn their ideas into reality.

Whether you’re a seasoned developer or designer, or just starting out as a beginner, there’s something at WHACK for you.

You’ll enjoy a weekend of awesome tech, swag, workshops, and mini-events while learning from inspiring mentors and peers. We consider WHACK a success if you make new connections and gain skills that will stay with you long after WHACK is over.

11:00AM
Opening Ceremony

11:30AM
Info Session with Akamai

12:00PM
HACKING BEGINS!

2:00PM
Command Lines Workshop

4:00PM
Expansion 101: Turning Your Idea Into A Reality Workshop

6:00PM
Figma UI/UX Workshop

8:00PM
Personal Website Workshop

10:00AM
Data Analysis Workshop

10:30AM-12:00PM
Hacking continues!

12:00PM
Hacking Ends, project submissions are due!

12:00PM
Info Session with ServiceNow

1:00PM
Judging begins

1:30PM
Info Session with DraftKings

3:00PM
Judging Ends: Deliberation of the Jury

3:00PM
Closing Ceremony + Winners Announced

Prize Categories

Best Beginner

3 or more team members are first time hackers


Hacker's Choice

Highest voted on Devpost


Best Hack for Social Good

Current Issues


Submission Policies

International Submission Policy

Any prize awarded to teams will be in USD and specific for the United States region.


Cross event submission

We will only accept projects completed during WHACK. Any project found to have been completed previous to Nov 6-7 or cross submitted to another hackathon will result in disqualification and a potential banning from attending any future MLH events.


Video length

Please submit all projects through our DevPost. We ask you to submit a 2-3 minute video demo of your project. Our judges will stop watching after 3 minutes.


FAQ

  • What is a hackathon?

    It’s a grand gathering of people to make their ideas come to life. Think out of the box, try new technologies, ask questions, make mistakes, discover a new language, and have fun! We will be following Major League Hacking's Code of Conduct. Check out their video explaining what a hackathon is here.

  • What if I have no experience with coding or hackathons?

    Don’t sweat it! We’ve purposefully designed WHACK to offer an encouraging and supportive environment. At WHACK, you’ll quickly learn from our workshops and army of mentors, as well as your team members and other students.

  • When is the deadline to apply?

    The deadline to apply is the midnight of October 31, 2021.

  • Who can attend? Is this event only for women?

    We welcome any undergraduate college student 18+ to participate in WHACK. It’s important to keep in mind that we are looking to create a welcoming and empowering space for women and other underrepresented identities in tech. If you have any questions about this, please contact us!

  • How will mentorship work?

    We have mentors available for everyone! Just go into the one of the mentor channels and ask your questions. You can also ask questions directly to our sponsors' channels.

  • How will hackers be accepted?

    All hackers are welcome to come once registered for the event.

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Meet the team!

Introducing the 2021 WHACK organizing team. We’re all incredibly excited for you to join us and enjoy the amazing events we have lined up for you!

  • Maddie Moon
    Director
    2023
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Alyssa Choi
    Web Developer
    2024
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Amanda Cheung
    Treasurer
    2024
    Pronouns: She/They
  • Toshali Goel
    Design/Marketing
    2023
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Wabil Asjad
    Logistics
    2022
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Louisa Wang
    Logistics
    2024
    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Sponsors

Want to sponsor for our 2021 hackathon? Contact us at sponsors@wellesleyhacks.org to learn more.