As the University of Michigan's main student-led hackathon, MHacks invites passionate minds from all over the world into one common space. In its fifteenth year, MHacks continues to be a space for creatives to come together and create something new. Within a span of just 36 hours, hackers will form connections, attend informative workshops, and develop projects that address real-world problems. MHacks is about taking big ideas and making them a reality—sign up if you're ready to create something important.


Judging will be performed by the MHacks core team. Members of the team will be choosing a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, as well as winners for the subtrack categories. Must be registered for MHacks via our registration form (on

Hackathon Sponsors


$1,500 in prizes

1st Place

A $400 Amazon Gift Card

2nd Place

A $300 Amazon Gift Card

3rd Place

A $200 Amazon Gift Card

Best Beginner Hack

$100 Amazon Gift Card

A Beginner is anyone who is participating in their first hackathon. A team must be comprised entirely of beginners to be eligible.

Best Machine Learning Hack

$100 Amazon Gift Card

Best Medical Hack

$100 Amazon Gift Card

Best Educational Hack

$100 Amazon Gift Card

Best Social Good Hack

$100 Amazon Gift Card

Best Mobile Hack

1st Generation Moto 360 Smartwatches

Best AR/VR Hack

$50 Amazon Gift Card + Google Cardboard Glasses

[MLH] Best Use of MongoDB Atlas

MongoDB Atlas takes the leading modern database and makes it accessible in the cloud! Get started with a $50 credit for students or sign up for the Atlas free forever tier (no credit card required). Along with a suite of services and functionalities, you'll have everything you need to manage all of your data! Build a hack using MongoDB Atlas for a chance to win a M5GO IoT Starter Kit for you and each member of your team.

[MLH] Best Domain Name from

Register a .Tech domain name using during the weekend for your chance to win a branded backpack for you and each member of your team! Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. The more creative the domain the better!

[MLH] Most Creative Use of GitHub

GitHub is one of the best ways to collaborate, push code, get feedback, and show the world what you’ve built during a hackathon. To take it a step further, GitHub is now offering you access to industry tools, events & learning resources through something called GitHub Global Campus. Win this weekend’s Most Creative Use of GitHub prize category, first by signing up for GitHub Global Campus and second by using a GitHub repository to host your hackathon project’s code! Make sure your use of GitHub stands out with a detailed ReadMe page, meaningful pull requests and collaboration history, and even a GitHub pages deployment! Winners receive a GitHub Octocat Puzzle & Sticker bundle.

[MLH] Most Creative Use of Twilio

Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using web service APIs. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe your application needs to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any one of Twilio’s APIs for a chance to win a Twilio Swag Box and GameGo Console for you and each of your teammates! Get stared with $50 in free credit!

[MLH] Best Accessibility Hack sponsored by Fidelity

At Fidelity, accessibility is viewed as a major key to the success of their business, which is why they are challenging you to come up with innovative ways to make tech more accessible! We want you to use your hacking skills to find and build solutions that put opportunities and resources within reach to all communities. The team with the best accessibility hack will win a Fidelity branded wireless charger for each team member!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


MHacks Core Team

MHacks Core Team

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Ability
    Does the project demonstrate that the team challenged themselves? Did the team select and use their technologies effectively? Is the project extensible? Can more functionality be added by the team members, other developers, or even users?
  • Creativity
    Is the project aesthetically pleasing (UI)? Is the application intuitive to use (UX)?
  • Impact
    Does the project accomplish its goal well?
  • Social Good
    Does it tackle a real-world problem? Is it a valid solution to the problem? Is it scalable and sustainable? Does it improve society / solve an important world problem?
  • Presentation
    Were the presenters clear and did they communicate their idea effectively?

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