How to use this Guide?

MLH's Hackathon Organizer Guide is designed to make sure that the first time hackathon organizers and even the experienced ones, all get something out of it. We tried to formulate all the best practices we have seen over the years into a single guide that can help anyone who wants to put together an awesome event, with or without MLH's direct support.

Structure of the Guide

The MLH's Hackathon Organizer Guide is divided into 3 major sections

  • ****Digital Hackathons: To be referenced if someone is organising an Online/ Digital Hackathon.

  • ****In Person Hackathons: To be referenced if someone is organising a Physical/ In Person Hackathon.

  • ****Organizer Resources: Resources that can be utilised for any planning out any hackathon.

For Hybrid (Physical + Digital Hackathons), we believe you should be striving to make the experience uniform with the best practices listed on both the sections, Digital Hackathon & In Person Hackathons.

Going deeper into each of the sections, we have divided the guide into different subsections, targeting a different aspect of the hackathon. This is done to make sure hackathon teams consisting of different departments know their exact role and purpose alongside the best practices they need to follow while organizing their flagship hackathon event! If you're heading a specific department of your hackathon, feel free to check out the different subsections inside each of the guides

If you're just starting off with the Guide, we would recommend you to check out the Timeline Pages (Digital Hackathon Timeline, In Person Hackathon Timeline), to determine the next best steps you might have to take from the day of your event.