MLH Hackcon Berlin Schedule


September 29th | Berlin

Saturday, September 29th

  • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    [Reset] Registration & Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
    [Reset] Networking
  • 9:45 AM - 10:00 AM
    Saturday Kickoff
    • [Commit] Conference Welcome

      by Swift (MLH)

  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Keynote
    • [Commit] The State of the League

      by Swift (MLH)

      This is going to be a HUGE year for hackers. Join Major League Hacking's CEO as he leads us through everything the community has achieved in the last year and lays the path forward for all we can achieve together in the coming one.

  • 11:15 AM - 11:45 PM
    Discussions & Activities
    • [Reset] Surprise Activity
    • [Reset] LARPing

      Practice your skills in handling difficult hackathons situations by role-playing with hackathon organizers and MLH team members. Organizers routinely tell us this is their favorite part of MLH Hackcon as they can prepare for difficult things that might face together in a supportive environment.

    • [Branch] Scheduling to Motivate

      by Sourabh Lal

      Most hackathons fit a generic pattern - how can smarter scheduling make participants more motivated and refreshed?

    • [Commit] Hackathon Experience 101

      by Gregor Engelmann

      Hackathons bring tons of interesting people together. But it is important to also create an experience that keeps hackers engaged throughout the weekend. Come hear tips from our EU MLH Coach and former HackNotts organizer!

  • 12:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Discussions & Activities
    • [Reset] Surprise Activity
    • [Reset] LARPing

      Practice your skills in handling difficult hackathons situations by role-playing with hackathon organizers and MLH team members. Organizers routinely tell us this is their favorite part of MLH Hackcon as they can prepare for difficult things that might face together in a supportive environment.

    • [Branch] How to build hackers community in your country

      by Maksim Diakov, Alexander Prosolkin, Alexander Malyshev

      Main strategies for building a local community: Organize a hackathon or create a community, what is primary? Ways of interaction with other hackathon organizers: searching for effective mutually beneficial cooperation; Maintaining links between sponsors/partners of hackathon and participants after events: what infrastructure is needed, the most effective practices; Accelerators, VC, developers - How to help hackers build projects after the hackathon?

    • [Commit] Sponsorship 101

      by Rob Kleiman

      Doing sponsorship right is tough. Join this discussion on how to approach each step of the sponsorship process so that you can put on a great hackathon! Come hear tips from our EU MLH Coach and former CopenHacks organizer!

  • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    [Reset] Lunch
  • 12:45 PM
    [Reset] Sticker Exchange
    • Join MLH and StickerMule in this sticker exchange. Swap and share stickers from your hackathon, hacker community, and any others places you may have found them.

  • 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    [Commit] Lightning Talks
    • Cultivating Leadership through 1-1 Support — the Why and How

      by Diana Chang

      We all know that it is important to communicate and support with your organizing team members regularly — the time you can get doing this on a 1-1 basis is especially beneficial. If you are looking to have your organization continue to exist and thrive after your time, you should identify members with interest and potential for leadership positions. We’ll be talking about how you could use 1-1 time to help your team members grow as leaders, and how you can provide opportunities for them to exercise their skills.

    • Creative Problem Solving

      by Alicia Beylan

      You've spent months organizing your hackathon and yet the day of you are still hit with so many fires left and right. How do you plan and address these fires without causing your hackers to notice and still have a great time? Listen to one of our MLH EU Coaches and former HackKings organizer!

  • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Keynote
    • [Commit] Being Intentional About Change

      by Joe Nash (GitHub)

      We all hope to make an impact. No one goes into organising a student hackathon thinking 'oh it's just more of the same, just like last year'. In this talk, we will learn how to channel that drive for change, and investigate strategies for ensuring we leave our hackathons, and our communities, better than we found them.

  • 2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
    [Reset] Afternoon Snack Break & Hackcon Photo
  • 3:15 PM - 3:45 PM
    Workshops & Discussions
    • [Reset] Surprise Activity
    • [Reset] LARPing

      Practice your skills in handling difficult hackathons situations by role-playing with hackathon organizers and MLH team members. Organizers routinely tell us this is their favorite part of MLH Hackcon as they can prepare for difficult things that might face together in a supportive environment.

    • [Commit] Learn to use Devpost

      by Rob Kleiman

      Attend this session to learn how to use Devpost for submissions at your hackathon from the people who build it.

    • [Branch] Finishing strong \o/

      by Boubacar Camara, Eric Bezzam

      It's the end of hacking and now it's time to go through all the projects! This might be the most important part of the hackathon as it is the culmination of hard work from both the participants and the organizers. For the participants, we want to make sure they can properly showcase their projects and encourage everyone to present. As organizers, we want the closing to run seamlessly after an intense weekend. And of course we want to express our gratitude to the sponsors! In this discussion, we'll go through our (LauzHack's) good and bad experiences and we are eager to hear about yours! With proper planning, a memorable judging and closing can be made for everyone :)

  • 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Workshops & Discussions
    • [Reset] Surprise Activity
    • [Reset] LARPing

      Practice your skills in handling difficult hackathons situations by role-playing with hackathon organizers and MLH team members. Organizers routinely tell us this is their favorite part of MLH Hackcon as they can prepare for difficult things that might face together in a supportive environment.

    • [Commit] Hackers First

      by Gregor Engelmann

      Data Privacy has changed in Europe. Learn from one of our MLH EU Coaches what you need to do as an organizer to make sure you are compliant with these new laws!

    • [Branch] Gaining Support from your Admin

      by Chris Hammond

      Getting support from your society and university is key to making sure your hackathon is successful overtime. Learn from an established organization all the challenges that come with explaining what a hackathon is to getting buy-in and support for you to host this event.

  • 4:45 PM - 5:15 PM
    Discussions & Activities
    • [Reset] Surprise Activity
    • [Reset] LARPing

      Practice your skills in handling difficult hackathons situations by role-playing with hackathon organizers and MLH team members. Organizers routinely tell us this is their favorite part of MLH Hackcon as they can prepare for difficult things that might face together in a supportive environment.

    • [Commit] GitHub Campus Experts

      by Joe Nash (GitHub)

      The path to becoming a GitHub Campus Expert includes training that will help you learn valuable community leadership skills, including community design, public speaking, and instructional design. During this workshop, we'll skip the application queue and dive straight into the training, completing the first module in which we will analyse our communities. This workshop is ideal for people who want to become a GitHub Campus Expert, or more accurately identify how they may improve their campus community

    • [Branch] Creating and Maintaining a Consistent Brand

      by Silvia Geier, Anna Brchisky

      Learn how one of the biggest hackathons in Europe, Junction, continues to maintain a consistent brand through the experiences they create for hackers!

  • 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    Keynote
    • [Commit] Learn. Build. Share.

      by Chi Nguyen

      Major League Hacking's Commissioner, Chi Nguyen shares the transformational power of hackathons and all of the amazing things they've brought, plus all the new ways in which the community can grow.

  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    [TBD] Closing Remarks & Optional Mixer
    • by Swift (MLH)

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