October 28 - 30, 2016

October 28 - 30, 2016

Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon Season

Begin an Adventure

HackNC is a weekend for students of all skill levels to broaden their talents. Your challenge is to make an awesome project in just 24 hours. You will have access to hands-on workshops and demos from our sponsors, as well as exciting talks about the awesome things happening right now with computer science and technology - not to mention all of the free food, shirts, stickers, and swag!

HackNC begins with just a weekend, but we hope you will whet skills, make friends, and foster ideas here that flourish. Ready to apply? You'll need a laptop and your fanciest thinking cap - everything else is on us. Get started now.


What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a weekend of fun and learning. You'll become a better programmer, meet awesome people, and make cool stuff. There will also be opportunities to win cool prizes and network with our sponsors.

What if I'm in high school?

As long as you'll be 18 by October 28, 2016, we would love for you to come to HackNC. Unfortunately (because of the incredible amount of paperwork involved) we won't be able to accept anyone under the age of 18.

Can I hack?

High schoolers over 18, undergraduates, and graduate students are welcome to participate as hackers. Professionals should check out mentorship.

How do I get in?

Anyone can attend HackNC. Our admission criteria doesn't include your level of experience. However, the deadline for admission has passed.

Got any hardware?

You bet! MLH is providing the full hardware lab. In addition, we will have soldering kits and other assorted components, Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, sensors, and more Pebbles than you can wear on four limbs...

Can I mentor?

Professionals are welcome to join as mentors, sponsors, or lecturers. If you want to come as a mentor, send an email to hello@hacknc.com and tell us how you'd like to get involved!

Will I fit in?

Definitely! HackNC and the UNC Computer Science Department are committed to making computer science a more diverse field. Inclusiveness is a top priority for us, and we've been beginner-friendly from the start.

Can I use old code?

You may use all the publicly available code and APIs that you want, but the code you will be judged on at the end of the hackathon must be new.

What about sleep?

You should do it! Bring your own pillow and sleeping bag or blankets. There will be a sleeping space available Friday and Saturday nights. More info available on our travel page.

Travel costs?

If you want to come, we want to help get you here. We will have a limited number of reimbursements for carpooling. Unfortunately, the deadline for ticket reimbursement has passed.

Will there be food?

Don’t worry - we’ll provide six full meals throughout the hackathon and there will be plenty of snacks in between. You won’t be hungry.

How can I volunteer or mentor?

You can volunteer at HackNC by filling out this form. Mentors should fill out this one.


7:00 PMCheck-in begins for traveling hackersFetzer lobby
8:00 PMPizza for traveling hackersTBA
9:00 PMMovieGym B
10:00 PMSleeping rooms availableSquash courts
11:00 PM Late night tour of UNC UNC campus
7:00 AMCheck-in begins for RSVP'd hackers.Fetzer Lobby
7:30 AMBreakfastFood location
9:30 AMCheck-in begins for everyoneFetzer Lobby
10:00 AMOpening ceremony beginsGym A
11:00 AMTeam formationGym A
11:00 AMSponsor FairGym B
11:00 AMHacking begins!Gym A / Gym B
12:00 PM LunchFetzer food area
1:00 PMWorkshops and talks begin.Classrooms
6:30 PMDinnerFetzer food area
8:00 PMCup stacking with MLHGym A open area
9:00 PMCostume Contest Gym A stage
10:00 PMWatchdogs 2 Cybersecurity Challenge (CTF)Gym A stage
10:00 PMVideo GamesClassrooms
12:00 AMMidnight SnackFetzer food area
1:00 AMFrisbee on Hooker FieldsHooker Fields
8:00 AMBreakfastFetzer food area
11:00 AMHacking ends
11:00 AMLunch Fetzer food area
11:30 AMJudging startsGym A
1:30 PMClosing CeremonyGym A

*schedule subject to change