Legal Considerations

There are several legal considerations you should be aware of when planning your event. If you are a student club, we recommend consulting with your university or high school on the following legal topics before your event.

If your team is not a student club, we recommend consulting the MLH team to help you evaluate legal alternatives.

One common alternative is working with a fiscal sponsor - an existing 501(c)(3) nonprofit - to get access to their tax-exemption status as well as their additional financial and legal benefits. The fiscal sponsors listed below are designed to support hackathon teams.

  • Hack Club - A nonprofit network of high school coding clubs and makers around the world.

  • Hack+ - An accessible nonprofit accelerator for student-led impacts. They are a full-spectrum platform that enables students to launch startups, nonprofits, and events.

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