Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon Season

DandyHacks '17

CS | Data Science

February 17-19, 2017 @ University of Rochester

Location: Douglass Ballroom (2nd Floor)

Registration Has Ended

A hacka-what?

University of Rochester's fourth 36 hour hackathon!

Hackathon! It's an event about building the coolest thing you can in 36 hours and meeting awesome people. This year we decided to try something new and combine CS and Data Science hackathon together! We don't place any restrictions on the kind of projects you can build. They can be software projects but we'd love to see hardware, or whatever else people come up with as well. It just has to be built within the 36 hours.

At the end of the 36 hours we have judges get together and determine the coolest hacks. Winners get awesome prizes!

Can I attend?

This event is open to all students at all schools!

However, you must be at least 18 years of age to attend.

When and where?

February 17th to February 19th, at the University of Rochester.

If you're coming from a different school and need help with parking, getting here, or anything else, email us. We're more than happy to help with anything!


Interested in sponsoring? Check out our sponsorship sheet!



5:00pm 🛂 Registration
6:00pm 🎊 Opening ceremony
6:30pm 🍎 Dinner
7:00pm 🙏 Team formation
7:00pm 😉 Idea Competition: LaunchPad
8:00pm 💻 Hacking starts
12:00am 🍪️ Insomnia cookies!
??? am 😴 Sleep!


6:00am ️ Coffee Break
8:00am 🍳 Breakfast
9:00am 🙆 Yoga
12:00pm 🍴 Lunch
1:00pm 📈 1010Data "Building a Big Data Analytics System From Scratch" Talk
2:00pm 📈 FactSet "Cherrypy and SQLAlchemy" Talk
2:15pm 📈 Menlo Security "Modern Cybersecurity Threats and Effective Defenses" Talk
3:30pm 🙆 MLH Karaoke
6:00pm 🙆 MLH Cup Stacking
7:00pm 🍝 Dinner
9:00pm 🌟 EA Raffle
10:00pm 🌟 Devpost Submissions Due
12:00am 🍎 Starbucks & Snacks
1:00am 💻 Silicon Valley Viewing
!?!? am 👻 Sleep...!


8:00am 🏁 Hacking ends
8:00am 🌞 Breakfast
9:30am ️ Coffee Break
9:30am 📲 Presentations & Preliminary Judging
11:00am 💯 Final Presentation
12:00pm 🍴 Lunch
12:30pm 🏆 Closing ceremony
1:00pm 😢 That's all folks!!


Do I bring anything?

Yep! Bring a laptop and anything else you need to get you into the coding zone. If you're from out of town and want to sleep make sure you bring a comfy sleeping bag!

If you're interested in a hardware hack, bring along some equipment but we will have plenty of toys for you to use in your project if you need anything!

Do I have to pay to attend?

No! The hackathon is completely free to all students who want to attend. The only thing you may have to cover is transportation (if you're coming from other places and because we can't guarantee to cover all requests) and some food (although there will be plenty of free food for you already!).

How big can the team be?

The minimum size of the team is 1 and the maximum is 5! If you don't have a team - we will help you find one once you get here!

Are there any rules?

Yes! You must be 18 years of age. We also follow the MLH code of conduct. Before signing up we will ask you to agree to it to be able to participate.

Will there be food?

Yes! We plan to provide more than enough food for everyone.

What if I don't have an idea?

Come anyways! We can help you find a team that already has an idea or we'll have a list of ideas from departments across campus that you can browse through. Regardless, we'll figure something awesome out for you!

What if I have a cool idea but don't know how to code?

If you're interested in learning how to program, you should totally come. Hackathons are a great way to get started with building your awesome idea for yourself! If coding isn't for you, we have a form for outside ideas that anyone at the hackathon can build if they don't have their own idea.

Any other questions?

Get in touch! You can contact us at and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

A Huge Thanks to our Sponsors!

Interested in sponsoring? Check out our sponsorship sheet!