Major League Hacking 2020 Hackathon Season

Cornell University's

Oldest and Largest Hackathon

September 20-22, 2020

Accepting organizer applications until

Thursday Feb 6th 11:59pm

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BigRed//Hacks is the oldest student-run, large-scale hackathon at Cornell University.

Across three days, Cornell and non-Cornell students alike gather to build the coolest and most innovative projects, meet amazing people, and win some prizes along the way!


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Event Schedule

September 20th

3:00pmCheck In Begins (Call Auditorium)
4:00pmAll Buses Arrive
6:00pmOpening Ceremony (Call Auditorium)
7:30pmDinner (PSB)
8:00pmHacking BeginsTeam Formation
9:00pmWayfair API Demo (PSB 120)
10:00pmIBM API Demo (PSB 120)
11:00pmGoogle Cloud API Demo (PSB 120)

September 21st

12:00amInsomnia Cookies
9:30amHiking @ Beebe Lake
11:00amBloomberg Demo
1:00pmHappy 5th Birthday, BigRed//Hacks!
2:00pmWayfair Demo
4:00pmDog Petting (Arts Quad)
5:30pmShirt Giveaway
6:00pmCup Stacking
9:00pmBowling (Helen Newman)
11:00pmMLH Mini Event: Werewolf

September 22nd

1:00amIce Cream!
8:00amHacking EndsBreakfast
9:30amProject Expo (Open to Public)
12:30pmClosing Ceremony + Prizes (Call Auditorium)
2:00pmPack Up + Goodbyes
2:00pmBuses Leave (Call Auditorium)

Unless noted otherwise, all events are in the Physical Sciences Building (PSB)

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate?
We are inviting all undergraduate and graduate students to participate in our hackathon. You don't need any past experience. You don't even need to be a computer science major! Our only requirement is that you are at least 18 years old and enrolled in an accredited college or university.
What will I need to bring?
Bring your school ID for registration. You are also responsible for bringing any equipment for building and demoing your hack: laptop, chargers, phones, etc. You may also want to bring a sleeping bag, change of clothes, and toothbrush.
Do I have to sign up with a team?
You don't have to sign up with a team, but it's certainly more fun! We allow teams of up to four people (they don't have to be from the same school), and while they can be specified on the application, you won't officially create your team until the event. If you don't have a team yet, we'll host a social before the hacking begins for you to meet other amazing people.
Are you providing food?
Don't worry, there will be lots of delicious food and beverages at our event, complimentary to all participants. We'll have vegetarian options as well.
Are hardware hacks allowed?
We will be providing a dedicated hardware lab with sensors, microcontrollers, and basic components. Some of our sponsors are bringing hardware to loan, but we still suggest that you bring your own equipment if you know that you'll absolutely need it.
What are the rules?
We want BigRed//Hacks to be fun and fair for everyone. Your project should be started from scratch and worked on only during the 36 hours, and you may only incorporate outside resources (code, graphics, sound, etc) that are freely licensed and accessible to all participants equally. Of course, maintain a positive, respectful attitude toward your fellow hackers throughout the event.
Why is there an application?
We want to guarantee that students from a wide range of schools and experiences are given an equal and fair chance to participate. Furthermore, we hope that the process will encourage registrants to be committed to building something awesome. Even if you've never been to a hackathon before, please apply!
How does travel reimbursement work?
At this time, we are unsure about how much travel reimbursement we will be able to offer. We currently have bus routes for the following schools: Buffalo, RIT, Princeton, Rutgers, and Binghamton. Depending on our budget and interest from other schools, we may be able to send out more buses! If your school is not listed, pease message us at [email protected] about travel reimbursement, and we will see what we can do on a case-by-case basis. In the past, we have capped reimbursement at $200 per person. Thank you!
Have more questions?
Send them to [email protected]!


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Want to sponsor us?

We are still accepting sponsors for our 2019 event!

Send us an email at [email protected]!