The conference for hacker community leaders.


September 29th 8am - 6pm | Berlin

What is MLH Hackcon?

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

Where is MLH Hackcon?

(A) Contentful

Ritterstraße 12
10969 Berlin, Germany

This year's MLH Hackcon Europe will be taking place in Berlin on September 29th at Contentful's Office!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is MLH Hackcon Europe taking place in both Berlin & London?

Every Hackcon Europe we received feedback from Hackathon organizers that it was too difficult to travel across the continent to one conference. Having events in both mainland Europe and the UK allows us to reach more organizers. We’ll be connecting the attendees of both events digitally before and after the conferences and we’ll be sharing learnings and sessions between the two conferences so that you can all learn from and meet each other.

Why is MLH Hackcon Europe only one day this year?

We transformed MLH Hackcon Europerope into a one-day conference to make the event even more accessible for people who might have work, hackathons, or other commitments on a weekend.

What is included with a MLH Hackcon ticket?

Tickets cover lunch, snacks, drinks, swag, a fun group activity and the conference itself.

How much does MLH Hackcon cost?

MLH Hackcon tickets are heavily subsidized for students. A standard ticket costs €80 for a student, recent grad, or non-student MLH Member Event organizers and €1,000 for an industry professional. We will make discounts available for early registrations. If you cannot afford it, you may apply for a scholarship.

Will you give out Scholarships?

Scholarships are provided by MLH and GitHub. Scholarships only cover conference tickets (which includes everything above) but do not cover travel or anything additional. To apply for a scholarship, fill out this form, which includes a short video explaining why you want to go to MLH Hackcon and how much of a scholarship you need in order to attend. Please remember that we have a limited number of scholarship tickets, so only apply if this will make or break your ability to come to MLH Hackcon. We offer partial or full scholarships up to the full cost of the conference ticket. If your scholarship is approved, you will be required to provide proof of a flight or other transportation to the conference. We would recommend speaking to your University or your employer about paying for your travel and/or conference ticket as well!

We received a GitHub New Member Event Grant. How do we claim our MLH Hackcon ticket?

We will be e-mailing every Member Event that received a GitHub grant with information on how to redeem your ticket. Please note that each event will only receive one MLH Hackcon ticket courtesy of GitHub but you are welcome to purchase more for the rest of your team. If you have not received any information about your ticket, please e-mail us at [email protected] with questions. You will be required to provide proof of a flight or other transportation to the conference in order to receive your sponsored ticket.

Can I have a discount?

We offer discounts for early ticket purchases, organizing MLH Events, and through MLH Coaches. If you can't afford to attend due to ticket costs, MLH and GitHub are providing financial need based scholarships. Additionally, MLH Hackcon tickets are already heavily subsidized, for comparison, most professional conferences cost upwards of €500.

I'm a speaker, do I still need to buy a ticket?

MLH Hackcon sells out quickly, so make sure you buy a ticket to secure your spot. If you are selected to speak and are eligible for a ticket reimbursement after having purchased one, we will notify you via e-mail.

I can't go anymore, can I have a refund?

We're sad you won't be able to join us! You can get a full refund for your ticket before September 1st. After that, we won't be able to refund you because we'll have already paid for everything. You can e-mail us at [email protected] to request to transfer your ticket to another person.

Is there a code of conduct?

We want to make sure that MLH Hackcon creates a safe and welcoming environment for attendees, speakers and sponsors. For this reason all participants are expected to follow the MLH Code of Conduct throughout the duration of the conference.

When should I arrive / depart?

Please plan on arriving to MLH Hackon Europe Berlin around 8:00am and leaving by 6:00pm.

How do I get to MLH Hackcon?

Our venue is located centrally in Berlin. Berlin has two airports: SXF and TXL, plus service from major rail lines. Once in Berlin, U-Bahn and S-Bahn may be able to get you to the venue.

What should I bring to Hackcon?

Bring comfortable clothing for a day long event. Additionally, note taking materials will be helpful for sessions. Finally, remember you are representing your hackathon, so you may want to bring some stickers or other hackathon materials.

What will I eat at MLH Hackcon?

Meals, snacks, and drinks are included with your MLH Hackcon ticket. When you register, be sure to note any dietary restrictions on the order form.

Where will I stay during MLH Hackcon?

As MLH Hackcon Europe is only a day long conference, housing is not provided.

I'm under 18, can I still attend?

Absolutely. Minors can attend if their parents will sign a liability waiver.

Join Us at MLH Hackcon Europe Berlin!

The hackers would love to meet you.