Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon Season

Dec 1-3, 2017 at Yale University

Why Hack at YHack
1,000+ hackers and makers arriving from universities around the world
Fun-packed festivities like rap battles, performances, and dance-offs
Large companies and inspiring startups looking for talented students like you
Endless supplies of healthy snacks and free meals
Over $35,000 in prizes, ranging from professional gaming keyboards to smart devices
Build an awesome project of your own with the help of engineers from Google, Facebook, and more

What if I have no experience?

You've found the perfect place and time to learn! Whether you're a designer, coder, tinkerer or somewhere in-between, there will be dedicated events and mentors to ease your way through your first YHack experience. And don't worry - applications are NOT filtered by experience. Our focus is on providing the best overall experience, not accepting only the best hackers. After all, everyone had to start from somewhere!

How do teams work?

We encourage people to work in teams of up to four. If you can't find a team beforehand, worry not - there will be time to form teams after registration.

What hardware will be provided?

We'll have detailed hardware offerings closer to the actual event, but email us if there's something you'd really like to see!

What can I win?

In our view, hackathons aren't about winning. We encourage you to use the time to demo a new technology or turn a stranger into a close friend. However, that isn't to say we don't have amazing prizes! There's a wide range of prizes from top prizes like Google Homes to nice gear. Take a look at our prizes from last year!

What do I bring?

All you'll need is a valid ID, preferrably a student ID, and your laptop & charger. We also recommend bringing some warm clothing and a blanket, it gets a bit chilly at night! Lastly, everyone sitting around you will thank you for bringing a toothbrush :)

Will there be food?

Yes. (Also gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, kosher options)

Is travel funded?

Yes. We will fund travel based on the lowest transportation costs we find from your school when we admit you.

What if I'm international?

International students are also covered, although the travel cap may be less generous.

Will there be a bus to my school?

We are planning on buses to many schools with a large interest in YHack. In the past, we had buses to Waterloo, Boston, and central New Jersey among many others.

Where will YHack be held?

YHack will be held at the Lanman Wright Center in Payne Whitney on Yale Campus. (70 Tower Parkway, New Haven, CT 06511)

How much does it cost to attend?

Attendance is 100% free, and includes food, drinks, and more free swag than you could shake a stick at.

What if I'm a Yale student?

All Yale students are guaranteed admission as long as you apply before the event.

Can I apply with a team?

If only part of your team was accepted, send us an email and we'll take a look!

Who can come?

Any undergraduate currently enrolled in a bachelor's program is eligible to enter YHack with confirmed registration. If you're not an undergrad, email us at and we'll consider making an exception!

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