About the challenge: This year’s theme is all things space! With commercial companies like SpaceX launching more satellites into orbit every month and government agency’s like NASA gathering deep space images with cutting-edge telescope technology, space data has never been more abundant and available. 


What to Submit: We want to keep the theme as loose as possible to allow for the most creativity! Although this year’s theme is space, *you can build anything you want* and still have your project considered during the final judging phase. We will have specific prize categories for space-related hacks. 

How to Submit: Hackers please upload a 3-5 min video to Devpost as your submission! For those in person, you will have the opportunity to present your project in DCC 318!


Hackathon Sponsors


$2,350 in prizes

1st Place Overall

$800 / MLH Fellowship Fast Track Interview / MLH Winner Pins

2nd Place Overall

$300 / MLH Fellowship Fast Track Interview / MLH Winner Pins

Best Space Hack

Best Data Science Hack

Best Startup Idea

Best Virtual Hack

Best Use of Google Cloud

[MLH] Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Register a .Tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend for your chance to win a Domain.com 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 Twilio

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

[MLH] Best Sustainability Hack sponsored by Avanade

Avanade has put sustainable tech at the forefront of their ongoing mission! Sustainability is about conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources and focusing efforts to reduce and improve the environmental impact of technology, processes, and operations on our planet and society. For your hackathon project, we want you to make a genuine human impact using your ingenuity to address sustainability through an innovative use of technology. Demonstrate how you can create a more sustainable future and help the environment. As an added bonus, the team with the best sustainability hack will be rewarded with awesome lego sets!

[MLH] Best Use of NLP with Cohere

Cohere makes Natural Language Processing easy to do with their ready to use online platform. Simply sign-up and start training your very own language model directly on the web! You and your teammates can each win a Arduino Starter Kit by using Cohere in your next hack. Wondering what to build? Cohere is great for text and content generation, text-based search, predictive text and so much more. Check out our software & learn pages for more details!

[MLH] Best Use of DeSo

DeSo is the official Web3 sponsor of the MLH Hackathon League and the first Layer 1 blockchain custom-built for decentralized social media applications. While a blockchain like Avalanche costs $0.50+ to store just a 200-character post, the DeSo blockchain is built with custom indexing and storage optimizations which make it 10,000X cheaper to store social content on-chain! In order to qualify for the contest, build a hack that uses the DeSo API. While social media apps are a great fit for DeSo, you can also build financial apps, marketplaces, and more on the DeSo blockchain. To get started, sign up for a DiamondApp account, make a post tagging @deso with both your event hashtag & #MLH. The DeSo team will then send you even more $DESO coin to build your hackathon project! On top of that, the team with the Best Use of DeSo gets $100 worth of $DESO coin, an exclusive DeSo branded tumbler, and a YubiKey Security Key!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Dr. Callahan

Dr. Callahan
RPI Professor

Konstantin Kuzmin

Konstantin Kuzmin
RPI Professor

Oshani Seneviratne

Oshani Seneviratne
RPI Professor

Thilanka Munasinghe

Thilanka Munasinghe
RPI Professor

Alex Gittens
RPI Professor

Amanda Zhu

Amanda Zhu

Ravi Jadhav

Alex Derrickson

Alex Derrickson
Global Foundries

Alex Martin

Alex Martin
Global Foundries

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    How original is your hack? Is this a novel idea or something that many people came across?
  • Practical & Useful
    What problem that you want to solve? How applicable is your hack to problems we're facing today?
  • Technical Difficulty
    How technically challenging is it? Which technologies did you use?
  • User Experience
    What impression do you get from the hack? Does it provide for a smooth user experience?
  • Future Plans
    Does it have ways it can be improved upon for the future?

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