Major League Hacking 2020 Hackathon Season

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What is a hackathon?

Great Question! A hackathon is an event where student hackers bring their passion for technology to create a new project coded from scratch. It’s a chance to collaborate and create something unique in any number of forms - an app, a robot, a website! You’ll hopefully learn something new along the way in our high energy, engaging environment! At RevolutionUC, participants are provided with opportunities to grow while building something they’re proud of!

How long does RevolutionUC last?

Hacking at RevolutionUC lasts for 24 hours, however there is additional time before and after hacking for introductions and presentations.

How much does RevolutionUC cost?

RevolutionUC is free for all students enrolled at any accredited university or high school. Meals, refreshments, snacks, swag, prizes, and great memories are all included with this completely free cost!

How do teams register?

Teams are formed at the event. If you already have a team, please make sure every individual in your team is registered before the event! The maximum team size is 4.

What if I don’t have a team?

That’s okay! After the opening ceremony, we hold a networking and brainstorming session to help you find a team and/or project.

What if I don’t have much experience?

You’re new to hackathons? Wonderful! RevolutionUC is open to all skill levels, beginners to veterans. There’s nothing we love more than helping our hackers learn something new while they build something cool!

Will there be meals, snacks, or refreshments?

Of course! We know our hackers will be busy working so we will have free meals, snacks, and refreshments to keep you running through the night.

Will any hardware or software be provided?

Yes, you will be able to borrow hardware during the event from the MLH Hardware Lab. MLH will also be providing a selection of software.

Should I expect a waiver?

You betcha. Before any hacking begins we require you to sign a waiver which will be emailed to all registered participants prior to the hackathon. If you are under 18 you will need a parent or legal guardian to sign the waiver.

Is there a minimum age for participants?

Yes, all coders must be at least 16 years of age! If you’re under 18, you will need to have a parent/guardian sign the waiver.

Where at the University of Cincinnati is the hackathon?

The opening ceremony is in Zimmer Hall and the hackerspace is located in Rhodes Hall. Look out for an email before the hackathon for specific rooms and where to go when you arrive on campus.

Where do I park?

UC has plenty of parking garages! For a full list, check out UC’s Maps and Visitor Info page. The hackathon occurs on West Campus, so we would recommend parking at Woodside Garage or Campus Green Garage.

What should I bring?

Please bring a valid school ID for registration, a computer to hack on, any chargers for your device(s), and a positive attitude. We also recommend bringing basic toiletries (toothbrush, deodorant, etc), a pillow/blanket (if you choose to nap). Please note that Ethernet access will be limited, so please plan to use a Wi-Fi connection.

Will there be travel reimbursements?

We offer carpool reimbursement on a case by case basis - receipts must be provided to receive travel reimbursement. We don’t offer reimbursement for flights. As a standard rule, we’ll reimburse 15 cents per mile between UC and your school, up to $60 for a car with more than one participant, or $40 if traveling alone. If we have more reimbursement requests than anticipated, we’ll drop the per mile rate fairly to accommodate all reimbursement applicants. You’ll be able to apply for travel reimbursement following the event. If you’d like more information please do not hesitate to email us at

What if I can't make it on time?

That’s okay! If you arrive before 1:30 PM on Saturday, you can still check-in inside Rhodes Hall. If you arrive after 1:30 PM on Saturday, you can check-in near the Hackerspace in the 8th floor Rhodes Lobby.

What if I have more questions?

We will have organizers and volunteers present, so don’t be shy and ask away! Feel free to tweet at us at @Revolution_UC with the hashtag #AskRevUC or send an email to

Is there a Code of Conduct?

Absolutely! We operate on the Major League Hacking Code of Conduct to create an all-inclusive environment for our hackers.