Welcome to MLH Prime.

On November 12th & 13th, 2016 hundreds of the most creative and inspiring student hackers from the Southwest Region will converge at the MLH Prime: Southwest Regional in Austin, TX. There they’ll team up, learn about bleeding edge technology, and build amazing projects over the course of 24 hours.

For hackers at MLH Prime, hacking is an art form. It’s about creativity, self-expression, and proving to the world that you could really build something amazing in a weekend. Hackers can expect to have access to the latest and greatest technology, world-class mentors, and some of their most talented peers from around the world.

All hacks and hackers at MLH Prime must abide by the MLH Code of Conduct.


Hackers must be in school/college/university or have graduated in the last year to be eligible to win. MLH staff and advisors are not eligible to compete for prizes, but may enter hacks in the event.


Hacks must be awesome, creative, and built on site at the event. All hacks must adhere to the MLH Code of Conduct to be eligible for presentation.


Note: There will typically only be up to 4 prizes per team. The rules allow for larger teams, but prizes (especially sponsor prizes) may not be available for every team member in this case.

Hackathon Sponsors


1st Place

Dell XPS 13 Laptop and a Napsack drawstring sleeping bag for each team member

2nd Place

Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 and Noise Cancelling Earbuds for each team member

3rd Place

Dell 24 Ultra HD 4K Monitor and Thinking Putty for each team member

Most Technical Hack

LEGO Maze Building Kits for each team member

Best Designed Hack

$150 Shapeways Gift Cards for each team member

Watch Dogs® 2 Best Device Privacy Hack

Winning team members each receive Collector's Edition of Watch Dogs® 2 plus actual “Wrench Junior” robot.

Everything is part of the internet of things now - from your phone to your fitness band to your thermostat. Build a hack that utilizes private data being collected from your devices, and show how you can turn potential vulnerabilities into something constructive.

Best Use of Jibo SDK

Come have fun with our Jibo SDK. The Jibo SDK is built on top of Atom and uses javascript to allow developers to have lower level access to Jibo's audio processing, visual processing, persona, movement and interaction capabilities. This gives developers the tools to build a wide range of Jibo Skills (robot applications) for both personal enjoyment and business opportunities.

Even if it's a simple animation or just making Jibo move your team qualifies to win a BB8 Sphero with force band for each member of the team.

Best Use of AWS

Amazon Fire TV Gaming Edition | Streaming Media Player for each team member

Best On-Demand Hack

The winner of the Best On-Demand Hack will win $500 in Postmates delivery credits to split amongst the team

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Domain.com Swag Bags


Use your tech skills for good and hack online harassment. Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment and win a HackHarassment Swag Bag.

Best Use of SparkPost API

$500 in Visa or Amazon gift cards to the winning team

Most Flight Capable Hack

This does not have to be a flying hack (though bonus points if it is), but is a hack that could easily be integrated into a TEAL drone platform.

Teal will be offering each winning team member a $300 discount on a production release of Teal, and a cash prize of $300 to the entire winning team (3x $100 gift cards).

Best Use of RapidAPI

Team members will each win a drone.

Best Use of Selfie Stick

Best Hack to Help Someone Get a Job

Winning group will be strongly considered for acceptance to the Indeed Prime platform in January as part of Indeed Prime's featured "new grads" for hiring companies. Team will receive a $100 Amazon gift card (each person).

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Any hacker who has participated in a Major League Hacking (MLH) event in the Southwest Region past year is eligible for MLH Prime Southwest Regional. The invites are hand selected by MLH Staff around a few criteria, including number of events attended.


Chris Sutphen

Chris Sutphen
Global Marketing Director, Alienware at Dell

Kassandra Perch

Kassandra Perch
Developer Evangelist, Auth0

Jeff Lindsay

Jeff Lindsay
Principal, Glider Labs

Lisa Martin-Louro

Lisa Martin-Louro
Vice President, BMF Media

Judging Criteria

  • Technology
    How technically impressive was the hack? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did it use a particularly clever technique or did it use many different components? Did the technology involved make you go "Wow"?
  • Design
    Did the team put thought into the user experience? How well designed is the interface? For a website, this might be about how beautiful the CSS or graphics are. For a hardware project, it might be more about how good the human-computer interaction is.
  • Completion
    Does the hack work? Did the team achieve everything they wanted?
  • Learning
    Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before? If a team which always does VR projects decides to switch up and try doing a mobile app instead, that exploration should be rewarded.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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