Welcome to MLH Prime.

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Are you ready for our season finale hackathon? We’ve invited our most respected community members from the past season to hack incredible projects. We can’t wait to see what you’ll build

All hacks and hackers at MLH Prime must abide by the MLH Code of Conduct.


Hackers must be in school/college/university or have graduated in the last year to be eligible to win. MLH staff and advisors are not eligible to compete for prizes, but may enter hacks in the event.


Hacks must be awesome, creative, and built on site at the event. All hacks must adhere to the MLH Code of Conduct to be eligible for presentation.


Note: There will typically only be up to 5 prizes per team. The rules allow for larger teams, but prizes (especially sponsor prizes) may not be available for every team member in this case.

Hackathon Sponsors


1st Place

Dell Inspiron 15 2-in-1's,
Office Tour of eBay NYC,
Coworking day with Friends of eBay Startups,
Nerdy Unique Items from eBay, Expedited Friends of eBay Accelerator Interviews

2nd Place

Dell 24" Monitors,
Nerdy Unique Items from eBay, Expedited Friends of eBay Accelerator Interviews

3rd Place

Alienware Vindicator Backpacks,
Nerdy Unique Items from eBay, Expedited Friends of eBay Accelerator Interviews

Best Designed Hack

Wacom Intuos Draw Digital Drawing and Graphics Tablet

Best Hardware Hack

Nixie Tube Kit

Most Creative Use of Twilio APIs

Bionic Bird: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ivvp/?pfm=Search&t=bionic%20bird

Best Use of AWS or Alexa

Amazon Fire TV Gaming Edition

Best Domain.com Name

Collector's item LEGO set for each member of the winning team

Best Video Hack from Viacom

VIP vouchers to The Daily Show for every team member

Best Use of Bose SoundTouch API

Two SoundTouch 10 speakers per participant

Connected speakers already enable great experiences with music. In an IoT world, they also have the potential to do so much more. Use the SoundTouch API to build an awesome experience that involves at least one other product or service. The most compelling projects will provide a key “wow” experience in addition to (or in place of) a unique music experience.

Best Use of Capital One's API

$400 Amazon e-Gift Card for each member of the winning team

Runner-up Best Use of Capital One's API

Best Nest API Mashup

Nest product for each team member

Best Touch-controlled UI, presented by Tanvas

Winner will receive the first run Tanvas alpha dev kit and a trip to Tanvas office to learn best practices of incorporating haptics into apps including the winning demo, plus recognition on Tanvas website.

Runner-up Best Touch-controlled UI, presented by Tanvas (2)

Second and third place: Beta dev kit (expected availability January 2017), priority access to our development community, plus 4 hours premium support via phone/Skype.

Most Interesting use of the Twitter Platform

Apple TV for each team member

Best Developer Tool, presented by GitHub

Build an awesome tool to help developers and win Octocat statues for each team member from GitHub Education!

Runner-up Best Developer Tool, presented by GitHub

Solo Hack - Best Developer Tool, presented by GitHub

Best Mobile Device Concept CSX, Presented by ZTE

Build a hack that utilizes wireless technology in a cool and novel way. In your project's description, make sure you talk about the future implications of your project and what the mobile device could be in production. ZTE CSX might help you actually make it! Winners recieve a ZTE SPro 2 Smart Projectors.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Any hacker who has participated in a Major League Hacking (MLH) event in the past year is eligible for MLH Prime: Spring Finale 2016. The invites are hand selected by MLH Staff around a few criteria, including number of events attended.


Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy
Design Lead @ WeWork

Julia Neznanova

Julia Neznanova
Director @ Friends of Ebay

Adrian Catalan

Adrian Catalan
Innovation Lab Lead at GalileoU

Anat Gilboa

Anat Gilboa
Software Engineer at AmEx

Kaylyn Gibilterra

Kaylyn Gibilterra
Senior Software Engineer at Capital One Labs

Judging Criteria

  • Technology
    How technically impressive was the hack? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did it use a particularly clever technique or did it use many different components? Did the technology involved make you go "Wow"?
  • Design
    Did the team put thought into the user experience? How well designed is the interface? For a website, this might be about how beautiful the CSS or graphics are. For a hardware project, it might be more about how good the human-computer interaction is.
  • Completion
    Does the hack work? Did the team achieve everything they wanted?
  • Learning
    Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before? If a team which always does VR projects decides to switch up and try doing a mobile app instead, that exploration should be rewarded.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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Hackathon sponsors

MLH Prime Presenting Partner
MLH Season Flagship
MLH Prime Sponsors
Venue Partners

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