MLH Hackcon London Schedule


October 6th | London

Saturday, October 6th

  • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    [Reset] Registration & Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    [Commit] Networking
  • 9:30 AM - 9:45 AM
    [Commit] Saturday Kickoff
    • by Swift (MLH)

  • 9:45 AM - 10:45 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.

  • 11:00 AM - 11:30 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] Sponsorship 101

      by Jamie Liao

      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 MLH Hackathon Community Manager!

    • [Branch] How to maintain consistency for your hackathon

      by Antti Hämmäinen

      There are many techniques your hackathon can practice to maintain a great hackathon experience year after year. Come listen to one of the larger hackathons share how they've built up a team and process for creating this for the hacker community!

  • 11:45 AM - 12:15 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] Dealing with Disasters

      by Alicia Beylan

      HackKings has sustain itself over the years because they've developed a process for handling disasters. How can you come up with a great contingency plan to make sure your hackathon can survive through all the potential fires?

    • [Branch] Knowledge Transfer

      by Oscar Faixat

      When you organize your own hackathon, you are organizing your future hackathons as well. Learn how to sustain your hackathon for many future years to come using proper knowledge transfer best practices.

  • 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
    [Reset] Lunch
  • 12:30 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.

  • 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
    [Commit] Lightning Talks
    • Inclusion

      by Tzen S Toh

      Designing hackathons for EVERYONE - how to ensure inclusion and diversity at your event, regardless of background, gender, nationality, and ethnicity

    • How to Recruit Diverse Sponsors

      by Esraa Dandash

      Tips on how organizers should look at more diverse sponsorships as it relates to hacker needs.

    • Becoming a hackathon evangelist

      by Anais Hristea

      Based on personal experience, I will talk about spreading the community spirit formed at hackathons, to places and people who only heard of it. Often times, non-CS people envy the inclusiveness and passion our hackathons exercise, and are shy to join them due to what they think is lack of common interests. Moreover, companies and organisations fail often times to understand the spirit of these events, ending up being disappointed or disillusioned in trying to organise and host one. This talk is recommended for first-time organisers and alumni.

    • From the first hackathon in Algeria to the largest in Africa

      by Yasser El Habib DRIF

      The talk will be about my experience organizing the first Hackathon in my country Algeria and all the difficulties that we had introducing our event to sponsors and attendees and moving from that to organizing the largest hackathon in Africa. This is a story of a challenge, a story of team work, the story of CSE club.

    • 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.

  • 2:00 PM - 2:45 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 Jamie Liao

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

    • [Branch] 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!

  • 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 Josh Simpson

      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 & Khyati Gala

      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] How to grow your hackathon

      by Elena Lape

      How can you double your hackathon in size the following year? Come listen to Hack the Burgh's techniques to grow your hacker community year after year

  • 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)

Join Us at MLH Hackcon London!

The hackers would love to meet you.