The Halfway Hackathon takes place halfway through the fellowship. It's an opportunity to put everything you've been learning into practice and to expand your network beyond your Pod. You'll collaborate with a small team on an Open Source hackathon project that will benefit current and future fellows.

Theme

Teams will be challenged to create hacks that "Improve the MLH Fellowship Experience" for current and future fellows. As fellows, you are the world's leading experts on how to make the fellowship experience even better. Open Sourcing your work will enable future classes of fellows to build upon and continue your efforts for years to come!

Categories

Within the theme of Improving the MLH Fellowship Experience, we have identified the following categories to help guide you. One project will be selected as the winner from each of them:

  1. Community Building – Create a project that helps foster connections between fellows, mentors, and maintainers.

  2. Learning New Skills – Create a project that helps fellows learn and master new skills. These can be software engineering, career, or general life skills.

  3. Getting Help – Create a project that helps fellows to get unstuck or collect feedback quickly when they need it.

  4. Remote Work / Tooling – Create a project that helps fellows collaborate successfully and get the most out of their remote environment.

  5. Showcase / Portfolio – Create a project that helps fellows showcase the work they are doing during the fellowship (including both hackathon projects and Open Source contributions).

  6. Navigating the Fellowship – Create a project that helps fellows successfully navigate the fellowship day-to-day.

You can submit your project to as many categories as you'd like as long as you can justify how it meets the description. However, a single project cannot win more than one category

Timeline

  • Monday, November 16th: Hackathon Kickoff – During this event we’ll go over the theme, categories, prizes, and rules. Afterward we'll answer any questions and ensure that everyone has formed teams of 3-4 fellows.

  • Monday, November 16th - Friday, November 20th: Hacking – Between the end of your hackathon kickoff and the beginning of your hackathon demos on Friday, you should be collaborating with your team on your project.

  • Friday, November 20th: Hackathon Demos – All of the fellows in your region will come together to show off their projects during a series of live demos on Zoom.

  • Monday, November 23rd: Hackathon Judging – Judges will review the project submissions from each category and select a winner for each one.

  • Friday, November 27th (TBC): Winner Announcement – We'll host a livestream where we play the video demos from the top teams and announce the winners for each category.

Eligibility

You must be a member of the MLH Fellowship Batch 1 Open Source Program in order to be eligible to participate.

Requirements

As part of your submission, you’ll need to complete the following:

  1. Publish your project on GitHub with an appropriate Open Source license
  2. Record a 3-5 minute video overview and demo of your project.
  3. Submit the team questionnaire about your project on Devpost

Hackathon Sponsors

Prizes

Best Community Building Project

YubiKey, Spotify Premium for 1 Month, MLH Season T-Shirt, MLH Fellowship Stickers, Certificate

Best Learning New Skills Project

YubiKey, Spotify Premium for 1 Month, MLH Season T-Shirt, MLH Fellowship Stickers, Certificate

Best Getting Help Project

YubiKey, Spotify Premium for 1 Month, MLH Season T-Shirt, MLH Fellowship Stickers, Certificate

Best Remote Work / Tooling Project

YubiKey, Spotify Premium for 1 Month, MLH Season T-Shirt, MLH Fellowship Stickers, Certificate

Best Showcase / Portfolio

YubiKey, Spotify Premium for 1 Month, MLH Season T-Shirt, MLH Fellowship Stickers, Certificate

Best Navigating the Fellowship

YubiKey, Spotify Premium for 1 Month, MLH Season T-Shirt, MLH Fellowship Stickers, Certificate

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Judges

Yashika Sharma

Yashika Sharma
Alumni, Batch 0

Laveesh Gupta

Laveesh Gupta
Alumni, Batch 0

Nicholas Chaloult

Nicholas Chaloult
Alumni, Batch 0

Sebastian Crossa

Sebastian Crossa
Alumni, Batch 0

Kenneth Aladi

Kenneth Aladi
Alumni, Batch 0

Nicole Danuwidjaja

Nicole Danuwidjaja
Alumni, Batch 0

Kartik Choudhary

Kartik Choudhary
Alumni, Batch 0

Kanav Gupta

Kanav Gupta
Alumni, Batch 0

Jayati Shrivastava

Jayati Shrivastava
Alumni, Batch 0

Yash Kumar Verma

Yash Kumar Verma
Alumni, Batch 0

Judging Criteria

  • Adherence to the Theme
    How well did this project fit the overall theme of the event and the category of submission?
  • 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?
  • Open Source Best Practices
    Did the team apply the Open Source best practices including, but not limited to, use of branches, pull requests, reviewing each other’s code, writing a comprehensive README, and using issues to track tasks.

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