MHacks

 REFACTOR

North Campus, University of Michigan

February 19-21

About

MHacks: Refactor
is 36 hours of...

hacking.

We know you have dreams. memes. We do, too. At MHacks, we work to break down whatever’s keeping you from making those dreams a reality. Whether it’s knowledge or access to materials or the industry itself—whatever that barrier is, consider it a little more manageable at MHacks: Refactor. When there’s nothing holding you back, you’ll be amazed at what you can do. Bring your boldest, most outlandish dreams. It’s time to hack.

Hackers

500-700

because fewer people means bigger things can happen

Hacker-Mentor Ratio

4:1

because what we can do together > what we can do alone

Gender Balance

50/50

because it’s about time for a little change in the tech world

Schedule

Friday

5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

Shuttles from DTW to MHacks

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hacker Registration

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Dinner

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Sponsor Expo

9:15 pm

Opening Ceremony

Saturday

midnight

Hacking Begins!

during hacking

Tons of fun events, mini activities, food, meetups, panels, tech talks, and mentorship

Sunday

noon

Hacking Ends

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Hacker Expo

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Closing Ceremony

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Buses Leave

FAQs

#Haiku

General

What is MHacks?

MHacks is a semiannual hackathon held at the University of Michigan.

thirty-six hours
to build what your heart desires
what isn't MHacks?​

What happens at a hackathon?

Participants (“hackers”) spend 36 hours working in teams of 1-4 people to build or code something they’re excited about. There are workshops, mentors, and piles of food to guide you along the way. You bring your ideas, and we give you everything you need to make them come to life.

you build, play and learn
and sleep if you are lucky
there’s tons of snacks, too

What do people normally make?

You’re free to go where your heart takes you. Most hacks involve making web or phone📱apps, or working with hardware. Check out the hacks of MHacks 6 on Devpost.

people mostly make
whatever the heck they want
go check out devpost

Do I have to know how to code to attend?

Nope! We’ll have lots of resources to help beginners get started, like workshops and a sweet new mentorship system.

we’ll provide mentors
and lots of helpful workshops
so don’t sweat it, friend

How is MHacks run?

MHacks is a student organization run by a group of dedicated and passionate people, most of whom are students at UofM.

the MHacks runs from
a sleep-deprived student group
better go catch it

I didn’t find my question here 😢

If you’ve got something else on your mind, fire it off to hackathon@umich.edu!

you can email us
we'll probably answer you
hackathon@umich.edu

Application

When are applications closing?

Applications close February 12! If you haven’t submitted by then, we’ll review whatever’s there.

they are open now!
so you better get on that
closed Feb. 12th

How and when will I hear back?

We’ll be releasing decisions weekly — if you’ve submitted your application by a Friday, you’ll be getting an email back by the next Friday!

apply right now, then
refresh inbox on Fridays
rolling decisions

Who can apply?

If you’re enrolled in a high school, college, or university, or if you left school during the current school year, you’re good to go! (Minors are welcome to apply, but will need to fill out a couple extra forms in order to attend.)

you must be enrolled
during this current school year
minors are welcome

Can we apply as a team?

Not quite — you and your intended teammates should all submit individual applications. But if you get an invitation and some of your teammates don’t, shoot us an email at hackathon@umich.edu and we’ll try to sort things out.

you apply alone
but can attend together
hacking’s fun with friends

Do I have to register?

Yep! We can’t take walk-ins this time, so please be sure to register on time.

yes, please register
you know, it’s rude to arrive
without calling first

What if I’m a Michigan student?

You might’ve heard that in the past we accepted all UM applications, including walk-ins. This won’t be true for MHacks: Refactor as a result of the smaller size, so apply early!

congratulations
you won’t have to travel far
but still must apply

What are you looking for in an application?

Above anything else—passion. Tell us what you care about, what excites you. We want to know what’ll drive you to start and continue hacking, whether it’s your first time or your fifteenth. If there’s something about you that stands out from the “typical” hacker, we’d love to hear about that, too!

we would like to know
what you’re passionate about
and what you have built

Hacking

What if I don’t have a team or idea?

Not to worry! Some of our best hacks have come from people who arrived not knowing what to do or whom to do it with, or who met their teammates on the way to the event. We have some great activities planned before and during the event to help you meet some teammates.

don’t fear—there is time
to meet others and brainstorm
before hacking starts

What about hardware?

There’ll be tons of cool hardware for you to hack on! We’ll put out a list closer to the event so you can see what’s available. You can also feel free to bring your own from home, or email us with any suggestions!

hardware will be there
for you to experiment
(please don’t break it though)

How big can my team be?

Maximum team size is four.

four is a magic number
well, actually three is
but four is the limit

Logistics

Photos: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing

How much does it cost to attend?

Nothing! MHacks is free for all hackers.

entirely free
we’ll feed you delicacies
and clothe you in swag

How will I get there?

By ✈, 🚄, or 🚗! People come to MHacks in all sorts of ways. If you need help figuring out a way that works for you, feel free to email us for suggestions. We’ll also be sending 🚌es to the schools with the most hackers, so encourage your friends to apply!

depends where you are
we don’t recommend walking
there will be buses

Will you be offering travel reimbursements?

We can’t guarantee reimbursements for everyone, but we don’t want money to keep you from building great things. You’ll get a reimbursement amount along with your invitation, and do let us know if you still need help making your way to Ann Arbor and we’ll see what we can do.

we’ll try our best, yo
to allow everyone
to do the hack thing

When are travel reimbursements due?

You'll have five days from when your reimbursement email was sent to send in your receipt for reimbursement.

you have five days
from when email is received
to submit reimbursement you must

What should I bring?

We’ll send you a comprehensive list once it’s closer to showtime, but it’ll be basically what you’d need for any sleepover: laptop, charger, deodorant (!), change of clothes. You won’t need food or drinks; we’ve got you covered there.

your laptop for sure
we’ll send you a list later
deodorant please

Help! I don’t want to hack, I want to ________!

If you’re contemplating judging, volunteering, or mentoring, shoot us an email at hackathon@umich.edu. If your company is interested in becoming a sponsor, please go to the sponsorship section.

send us an email!
unless you want to sponsor
for that, just scroll down




Sponsors

Partnerships with companies, nonprofits, and startups are the reason MHacks can throw such great hackathons.

“The caliber and number of students that MHacks attracts is like no other hackathon”
–Walmart