March 24-26

University of Michigan

Empathy-Driven
Design
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What is MHacks?

MHacks is a 36-hour hackathon run by University of Michigan students. At MHacks, we want to help you to turn your ideas into reality. You're welcome to come with or without a team. We'll provide you with all the resources and mentors you need to help you work on something cool or learn new skills. You'll have the freedom to create a product, learn new techniques for your future work, or just have fun working on a project with friends. Moreover, we will offer you a chance to network with other creators and professionals. For newcomers and veterans alike, MHacks is a weekend experience you won’t want to miss.

Hacking Cortices

iOS Persona

iOS Development

AR/VR Persona

Augmented/Virtual Reality

Game Developer Persona

Game Development.

Android Persona

Android Development

Web Dev Persona

Web Development

Hardware Persona

Hardware

AI/ML Persona

Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning

What's new with MHacks 9?

MHacks has always been about the freedom to create what your heart desires. At MHacks 9, we’d love to help you turn your dreams into something better than what you imagined. MHacks hackers are well-known for creating technically unique and complex hacks, but this year MHacks 9 will promote an Empathy-Driven Design process. We will guide you through using empathetic drivers to create solutions that are not only functional, but also user-friendly.

You can expect an even more collaborative, instructional, and inclusive environment than ever before. We’ll be inviting speakers and mentors from a variety of disciplines to help hackers plan and design hacks that users will provide users with enjoyable and meaningful interactions. Workshops and resources will guide hackers throughout the event from ideation to launch. We’ll also have tools and activities for hackers to form teams and leverage their individual expertise to create an even more exemplary product together.

As always, we’ll continue to focus on providing a healthy and fun atmosphere for hackers to work. Nutritious food options, showers, and wellness-focused activities will be some of our top priorities. Hackers can take a break from the hustle and bustle of hacking with snacks and games throughout the event. Hopefully, you’ll finish MHacks feeling more refreshed than you were before!

Frequently Asked Questions

General

What happens at a hackathon?
Participants (“hackers”) spend 36 hours working in teams of 1 - 4 people to build or code projects (“hacks”) they’re excited about. There are workshops, mentors, food, swag, and buckets of coffee to guide you along the way. You bring your ideas, and we give you everything you need to make them come to life.
What do people normally make?
Common areas of focus include iOS or Android apps, web apps, and hardware hacks. Check out the hacks from MHacks 8 on Devpost.
Do I have to know how to code to attend?
Nope! We’ll have lots of resources — including workshops and a sweet, new mentorship system — to help beginners get started. For this MHacks, we will also dedicate one room to new hackers and have several project ideas to help you get started.
Who runs MHacks?
MHacks is run by a group of dedicated and passionate young people, most of whom are students at the University of Michigan.

Application

When are applications closing?
Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until Friday, March 10th. Space fills up quickly, so apply early!
If you need a Travel Reimbursement then you will need to apply by Saturday, February 18th. You are eligible for a Travel Reimbursement if there are no MHacks Buses nearby your location and it costs you money to get to MHacks. Check back soon for MHacks Bus information.
How and when will I hear back?
We’ll be releasing decisions weekly as soon as the application opens. If you’ve submitted your application by a Monday, you can expect an email back by the next Monday!
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.)
Can we apply as a team?
You and your intended teammates should all apply individually. 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.
What happens if I'm accepted?
Once your application is accepted, you’ll receive an invitation and a link to confirm your registration for MHacks 9.
What if I’m a Michigan student?
Michigan students will need to apply and be accepted to be able to attend MHacks 9.
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. If there’s something about MHacks in particular that you’re excited about, we’d love to hear about that too!
Are you allowing walk-ins?
We will not be allowing walk-ins. To ensure that you'll be allowed in, please apply and register ahead of time.

Hacking

What if I don’t have a team or idea?
Not to worry, most people don’t! We have some great activities planned before and during the event to help you meet teammates and start thinking through your ideas.
What kind of hardware will there be?
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!

Logistics

How will I get there from other schools?
After you’ve applied and received word that you're coming to MHacks, we'll share information about buses and travel reimbursements. More than likely, we'll be sending a bus to a school near you. If you’re flying in, we’ll have shuttles from DTW as well. All bus schedules will be released closer to the event.
What if I'm an International Student?
If you go to school in Canada, we may be sending a bus to your university or one near you. If you are traveling from another country, the first step is to make sure you have a valid travel Visa. Please refer to this website to make sure you meet the requirements and get started on the process if you haven’t already. If you need anything from the organizers, such as a letter of invitation, please contact us as soon as possible at hackathon@umich.edu.
Will you be offering travel reimbursements?
We can’t guarantee reimbursements for everyone, but we don’t want money to keep you from experiencing MHacks. You’ll get a reimbursement amount along with your invitation. Let us know if you still need help making your way to Detroit and we’ll see what we can do.
What should I bring?
You should bring your student ID and anything you’d need for a productive and healthy weekend: laptop, charger, deodorant (!), change of clothes, etc. You won’t need food or drinks; we’ve got you covered there. :)
What shouldn't I bring?
Weapons of any kind, drugs, or alcohol. If you’re not sure whether something will be okay, please ask ahead of time!
Can I shower?
Yes, there will be opportunities to shower at MHacks 9!.

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, check out the sponsorship section below.
I didn't find my question here...
If you’ve got something else on your mind, fire it off to hackathon@umich.edu!

Sponsorship

MHacks is the gateway between you and the top tech talent in the world. Whether you come to network, promote brand awareness, or get feedback on a product or API, we’ll provide the tools you need to make the most out of your experience.

Interested in sponsoring? Want more information? Shoot us an email at kevin@mhacks.org

This was one of the most well organized student-run hackathons that we’ve ever sponsored.

Google

The caliber and number of students that MHacks attracts is like no other hacking event.

Walmart

MHacks has been a staple event in Concur’s University Tour over the past two years. The MHacks atmosphere fosters creativity and innovation from developers and entrepreneurs alike. When it comes to collegiate hackathons, MHacks is the place to be!

Concur