The conference for hacker community leaders.

MLH Hackcon is a conference for hacker community leaders! Here's your chance to meet our friends from GitHub and hackathon and community organizers just like you.

What is MLH Hackcon?

MLH Hackcon is the official conference for hacker community leaders. It's an opportunity to meet other communities, learn from one another, and tackle the issues that we face together. With a full schedule of workshops, talks, and discussion sessions, organizers can learn best practices for running a hackathon, share their experiences, and help guide the next generation.

What will I learn at MLH Hackcon?

MLH Hackcon features talks, workshops, discussions, and activities with Hacker community experts. You’ll learn a lot whether this is your first hackathon or you’ve been organizing hackathons since the beginning!

Why people love MLH Hackcon

Here's what organizers & our previous sponsors had to say about MLH Hackcon

  • One of the most powerful impressions that persisted after my first Hackcon was a feeling of community. At Hackcon III, I was surrounded by organizers, whom I bonded with over a shared passion of painting a profound experience for hackathon enthusiasts. I left with a frantic desire to take what I learned to improve HackHolyoke and help build a community around hackers, which led me to becoming a part of the Hackcon IV organizing team.

    Thao Bach

    HackHolyoke & MLH Hackcon IV Organizer

  • Hackcon is the reason I started organising my first hackathon. The sense of community between hackathon organisers that is demonstrated at Hackcon made me feel really comfortable about organising an event, as I felt I could ask anyone about their own experiences. Additionally, the incredible lineup of speakers left me with ample knowledge to start up my first hackathon.

    James Brooks

    Hack the Holidays Lead Organizer

  • Hackcon gave me invaluable insights on what should and should not be happening in the process of starting up a hackathon. I also found the experience of building community to be one of the most important parts of the whole hackathon scene, and Hackcon allowed me to feel comfortable meeting and developing relationships with people. I did not feel ostracized or uncomfortable being around so many people in the industry - I felt safe being who I was, something I don't normally feel at other similar events.

    Selynna Sun

    Los Altos Hacks Sponsorship Director

  • Hackcon has helped catapult us into this community. Last year we had a presence at 20+ hackathons reaching over 10,000 student hackers and makers, and that’s all because of the genuine relationships and friendships we built at Hackcon.

    Justin Sayarath


  • Hackcon has, by far, given us our best return on sponsorships to date. We’ve received just over $250,000 in new business, and several referrals are still coming our way from each month from partnering with MLH.

    Evan McBride

    Brand Makers

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