Students spend 36 hours building anything they can imagine, and take breaks to interact with technology visionaries, founders, and find new mentors. They meet with the hottest, most sough-after companies in the world who vie for hackers' attention. For MHacks, students give up a weekend of partying to invest a weekend in their personal growth by learning something new, and creating solutions to problems they see in the world. 

MHacks isn't just a hackathon -- it's a community of people who have ideas and build them.


  • Teams may include up to five members.
  • All hacks must be built at MHacks V by registered participants. Unregistered hackers will not be allowed to participate. 
  • Remote participation is not allowed.


A valid submission is a software/hardware hack produced at MHacks V within the provided rules.

Your hack must have a valid ChallengePost submission to the MHacks V event, preferably with video/images of the working product, as well as a live demo at your assigned table at the MHacks V Expo.

Hackathon Sponsors


$35,670 in prizes

Grand Prize

Per team member: Dell touchscreen monitor + Apple Watch/Moto 360/Pebble Stone + One Plus One/iPad Mini/Myo Armband/Oculus Rift + all expenses paid invitation to Global Hackathon Seoul + invitation and travel compensation to TreeHacks + $1000 reimbursement to National Taiwan University hackathon + Wolfram Award Letter

2nd Prize

Per team member: One Plus One/Myo Armband/iPad Mini/Oculus Rift + all expenses paid invitation to Global Hackathon Seoul + Wolfram Award Letter

3rd Prize

Each team member receives a Myo Armband + all expenses paid invitation to Global Hackathon Seoul + Wolfram Award Letter

Best iOS or OS X App (2)

Every member of the team that builds the best iOS or OS X app will receive a 128GB iPad mini 3

Best Google Glass Hack

Each member of the team with the best Google Glass hack will receive a Google Glass

Best Virtual Reality Hack

Each member of the team that builds the best virtual reality hack will receive a Oculus Rift DK2

Best Android App

All the team members of the best Android App will receive One Plus One phones

Best use of the Bloomberg API

Each team member of the winning hack will receive a Parrot AR Drone

Best use of Capital One's API

Each member of the team that best uses Capital One's API will receive a $250 Amazon gift card

Best Hardware Project, sponsored by Apple (2)

Each team member of the winning project will receive an Apple TV

Best use of PayPal or Venmo API

The winning team will receive 8,024 pieces of Legos...making up 5 iconic Star Wars images; including the X-Wing Starfighter, The Malevolence, The Ewok Village, R2-D2, and The Millennium Falcon!!!

Most Professional Hack, sponsored by LinkedIn

Team members of the team that wins the most Professional Hack will each receive a Timbuk2 messenger bag with the LinkedIn logo.

Best use of Wolfram Technology

Best hack that utilizes the Wolfram|Alpha API, Wolfram Language, or Wolfram Programming Cloud.

Best use of MongoDB

$500 and some special swag will be split between all members of the team that best utilizes MongoDB.

Best Social Innovation Hack, sponsored by VFA

"Building something that matters"

We are all about smart people building things that have a purpose and opportunity to make a big impact.

The winner(s) will display high character in their actions and create a unique solution that aligns with the Venture for America mission: - Revitalize American cities through entrepreneurship. - Enable our best and brightest to create new opportunities for themselves and others. - Restore the culture of achievement to include value-creation, risk and reward, and the common good. The solution potentially meets a variety of social needs, including: working conditions, education, community development and other activities that extend and empower people in the community. The winning team will receive $500, loads of VFA swag, and automatic application advancement for the VFA fellowship.

Best use of SendGrid

SendGrid will give Parrot MiniDrones to each team member of the hack that wins "Best use of SendGrid"

Best Hack Utilizing Machine/Computer Vision, sponsored by Union Pacific Railroad

The winning team will receive 5 $100 Visa gift cards

Best use of Azure

Microsoft will give $500 to the team that best utilizes Azure.

Best use of the color #42ff23, sponsored by Coyote

The team that best uses the color #42ff23 in their hack will win $500 from Coyote

Most Technically Challenging, sponsored by a16z

The team with the most technically challenging hack will win $500

Best use of Concur or TripIt APIs

Winning team will receive $300 and a WunderBar

Best use of Strap

A Pebble watch for each member of the team who's hack makes the best use of Strap!

Best Domain Name Registered

The winning team will receive $250 in Namecheap Credit

Most Innovative Hack for Teaching or Learning, sponsored by ITS

The winning team receives gift cards (amount/vendor TBA)

Best Michigan-focused Hack

Winners receive a personal tour of the tech startup scene in downtown Detroit and lunch on Bizdom

Top Myo Hack

Each team member (up to 4) of the team that builds the top Myo hack, will receive a Myo Armband.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

1. All teammates must create ChallengePost accounts if they do not already exist.

2. Assign all teams to a draft submission.

3. Make your app (any platform is accpeted).

4. Produce your screenshots and/or video demo (posted on Youtube or Vimeo).

5. Submit your app.

6. There will be 2 demo sessions. Watch your email and the MHacks app for session and table assignments.

7. Stay tuned for judging announcements and final demos.


A Panel of Awesome Judges

A Panel of Awesome Judges

Judging Criteria

  • Most Awesome
  • design
  • technical difficulty

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