Major League Hacking 2020 Hackathon Season
WHEN AND WHERE
When: January 25-26 2020 [Winter Quarter]
Where: Ackerman Grand Ballroom, UCLA

Hello everyone! Applications will now be accepted on a rolling basis.
Apply now to secure your spot!

As always, follow us on social media to stay updated!
ANNOUNCEMENTS

Jan 17, 2020:

ONE. WEEK. LEFT. For those of you who have applied and have been accepted, make sure to RSVP. If not, have no fear! Apps are still open, and it's not too late to apply!

Jan 03, 2020:

Applications have reopened and will stay open until the event! We'll be releasing decisions on a rolling basis :D

Jan 01, 2020:

Happy New Year! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ Application decisions have been released! Make sure to RSVP by Jan 10, 2020. Don't worry if you didn't get to apply in time - we will open waitlist applications soon.

Dec 25, 2019:

Happy holidays! Volunteer application deadlines are also extended to Dec 27th. Apply to volunteer or mentor here.

Dec 20, 2019:

GREAT NEWS! The application deadline has been EXTENDED! Follow this link to apply. Apps now close on December 27th, 2019 - make sure to take advantage of the extension and APPLY!

Nov 26, 2019:

Application decisions will be released on January 1st, 2020. We hope this gives everyone enough time to plan for the event and get hyped for the new year!

Nov 23, 2019:

Interested in volunteering or mentoring at QWER Hacks? Fill out our volunteer form! This one's due by Dec 25th, 2019.

Nov 12, 2019:

Applications have been released! Follow this link to apply. Apps close on December 20th, 2019, so make sure to fill out the form by then!

DAY OF RESOURCES

Getting to UCLA

Looking for a carpool or rideshare? RSVP to join our slack page! Feel free to email us at qwerhacks@gmail.com if you haven't found anyone to share a ride with yet.



Address of UCLA Ackerman Grand Ballroom:
308 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90024
or a link to interactive map


Recommended public transit to UCLA:
Link to our public transit spreadsheet


If you are ridesharing to UCLA, set the destination to: UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, and Ackerman Grand Ballroom is about a 5 min walk from the turnaround



Resources for Beginners

New to hacking? No worries! We've got you covered on all the need to knows for your very first hackathon!
ABOUT

QWER Hacks is Major League Hacking's first LGBTQIA hackathon, held at UCLA! For 24 hours, around 150 amazing student hackers will work together to create fantastic and innovative products meant to help underrepresented groups.

Through empowering talks from queer individuals in tech, technical and diversity & inclusion workshops, and the development of new products, QWER Hacks aims to increase the visibility of and celebrate the queer community in STEM, as well as engage and bring together queer individuals and allies.

FAQ

WHO CAN COME?

Anyone who is ...
a) above 18
b) a member (or ally!) of the LGBTQIA community
c) enrolled in a postsecondary academic institution
... is invited to participate!

HOW DO TEAMS WORK?

You can sign up as a team of up to four members. But make sure that all of your team members submit an application! If you donโ€™t have a team before the event, donโ€™t fret! We will help you find fellow hackers to work with once you arrive.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

Your student ID, a laptop, and a charger are the only necessities. We recommend you bring clothes, toiletries, and a sleeping bag as well!

WHAT CAN I CREATE?

Absolutely anything you want โ€“โ€“ websites, apps, UI, you name it! We encourage you to create a product that positively impacts the LGBTQIA community or other underrepresented groups in tech.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

Itโ€™s absolutely free! Weโ€™ll be providing you with meals, a place to hack, and company and rainbow-themed swag.

WILL TRAVEL COSTS BE REIMBURSED?

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer travel reimbursements this year. However, we plan on making this happen in the future!

CAN ALLIES ATTEND?

Yes! We welcome anyone who supports our mission of increasing the visibility of our community in tech :)

ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW?

There are a few things we do not encourage; please refer to the MLH code of conduct.

SOUNDS GREAT, HOW DO I APPLY?

We're accepting applications on a rolling basis until the event! Follow us on Instagram and keep an eye out for upcoming announcements!

I STILL NEED HELP!

Shoot us an email at qwerhacks@gmail.com and weโ€™ll get back to you before you can say โ€œQWER Hacks is awe-!โ€

TENTATIVE HACKATHON SCHEDULE

Below is the tentative schedule for the hackathon. Please note that events marked with an asterisk (*) are subject to change.

EVENT START TIME END TIME
Check-in Jan 25 11:00 AM Jan 25 1:00 PM
Lunch Jan 25 12:00 PM Jan 25 2:00 PM
* QWER Hacks opening presentation Jan 25 1:00 PM Jan 25 1:30 PM
* Introductory keynote speeches
  • Luca Soldaini, Ph.D.
    Applied Scientist @ Amazon Alexa
  • Professor Carey Nachenberg
    Principal Software Engineer @ Google, formerly Chief Scientist @ Chronicle, Co-Inventor of Norton AntiVirus
Jan 25 1:30 PM Jan 25 3:00 PM
Hacking begins Jan 25 3:00 PM --
Mentoring begins Jan 25 3:00 PM --
Workshops:
First Hackathon Tips and Team Formation Jan 25th 3:00PM Jan 25th 3:45PM
Google Cloud Tech Talk Breakout Session Jan 25th 4:00PM Jan 25th 4:50PM
Intro to Front-End Web Development: React & Firebase Jan 25th 5:00PM Jan 25th 6:30PM
Dealing with Imposter Syndrome Jan 25th 5:30PM Jan 25th 6:15PM
Introduction to Deep Learning Jan 25th 7:00PM Jan 25th 7:50PM
Hacking for Social Impact, EdTech Edition Jan 25th 7:30PM Jan 25th 7:55PM
How Diversity Improves Products Jan 25th 8:00PM Jan 25th 8:50PM
LGBTQIA Sexual Health
Please attend this workshop to be considered for the "Best Health Hack!"
Jan 26th 10:00AM Jan 26th 10:50AM
A Retrospective on Queer People in Tech Jan 26th 11:00AM Jan 26th 11:45AM
How to be a good ally (in STEM) Jan 26th 12:00PM Jan 26th 12:30PM
Dinner Jan 25 6:00 PM Jan 25 8:00 PM
Breakfast Jan 26 8:00 AM Jan 26 10:00 AM
Lunch Jan 26 12:00 PM Jan 26 2:00 PM
Devpost submissions due Jan 26 2:00 PM --
Hacking ends Jan 26 3:00 PM --
* Judging and exposition Jan 26 3:30 PM Jan 26 5:00 PM
* Closing keynote speech + Q&A
  • Wilson Y. Lee
    Machine Learning Engineer @ The Trevor Project, UCLA alum
Jan 26 5:00 PM Jan 26 5:45 PM
* Awards ceremony Jan 26 5:45 PM Jan 26 6:30 PM
Closing remarks Jan 26 6:30 PM Jan 26 6:45 PM
SPONSORS

Thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible!


Spirit tier sponsors:


Harmony tier sponsors:


Life tier sponsors: