What will you build in a weekend?

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.

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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.

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.