Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon Season

Chicago Hacks

The Windy City's Premier High School Hackathon

What is Chicago Hacks?

Chicago Hacks is the premier high school hackathon that looks to educate newer students on computer science while also helping the more advanced programmers excel. We look to encourage any students to come and grow their love for programming and create awesome projects. We strive to spread and educate students on computer science in the midwest region.

May 27th - May 28th at TechNexus, 12th Floor of the Civic Opera House in Chicago

20 N Upper Wacker Dr #1200, Chicago, IL

Major League Hacking (MLH)


See some of the most asked questions about our event

What is a Hackathon?

A Hackathon is an event where programmers come to learn and explore programming with workshops and collaborative projects. In our case, a hackathon is an event where programmers will compete against each other for prizes with their innovative projects.

Where is the Hackathon?

Our event will be held at Tech Nexus on the 12th floor of the Civic Opera House in Chicago, Illinois. The event will go from May 27th to May 28th as a 24 hour overnight event.

Who can participate?

Any high school student! Including Class of 2017 graduates who may have graduated prior to the event date.

I don’t know how to code! Should I still come?

Yes!!! Our hackathon is the perfect place to learn about programming with all our different workshops we will offer at the event.

Will there be security at the event?

There will be security for the entirety of the event to ensure the safety of all our attendees.

How much does your event cost?

Our event is entirely free! Food will be provided throughout the entire duration of the event. We will also be giving a T-Shirt to all students who attend the event.

What Should I Bring?

Your laptop, any amenities you require, chargers, and your innovative spirit. Also a pillow in case you decide to sleep! We will need you to bring your High School ID for attendance at the event.

Will there be Prizes?

Yes! We have many prizes available courtesy of our sponsors. Some examples of prizes we will have are Wolfram Language subscriptions or a $200 Amazon Gift Card. Certain prizes will be awarded based on best in that category, and many giveaways throughout the event!

What can I create?

Anything you want! However, we hope that there are projects that create an impact or cause social change. Also, your project must be entirely made during the hackathon, but you may come to the hackathon with an idea already in mind.

Do you offer Travel Reimbursement?

At this moment we are unable to provide travel reimbursement, but check again later to see if this changes!

Have a question we didn't answer?

Send us an email at [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible!


Saturday, May 27th


Doors Open




Opening Ceremony


Make a Website Workshop


First Game Workshop


tastyworks Tech Talk




!Light Game

Sunday, May 28th


Midnight Snack




Hacking Closes


Presentations Begin


Finalists Present


Awards/Closing Ceremony

More activities will be added as we get closer to the event date, so check back later for our updated schedule!



Interested in becoming a sponsor or mentor for our Event?

Meet the Team

Bhargav Yadavalli

Bhargav Yadavalli


Avi Saxena

Aviral Saxena


Evan Eckels

Evan Eckels


Sean Kim

Sean Kim

Outreach Director

Robert McCracken

Robert McCracken

Social Media

Rahul Gudivada

Rahul Gudivada

Event Experience