Major League Hacking 2020 Hackathon Season
Co-hosted by
January 18-19, 2020
ARC Pavilion at UC Davis
Join our HackDavis 2021 team and become an organizer!

We're looking for the innovators, achievers, hustlers and dreamers of the UC Davis community to join the HackDavis 2021 organizing team. Help build the official collegiate hackathon at UC Davis!

The roles we are looking to fill are listed below:


We’re looking for designers who want to gain hands-on experience in graphic and/or UI/UX design. You will gain valuable experience synthesizing the entire creative vision for HackDavis, which will also allow you to add tangible projects to your portfolio and see your visions become public through our website, social media, and branded swag.


We are looking for people who are passionate about social good and have great communication skills to join the external team. You will be involved in the efforts to incorporate social good in HackDavis, which is the theme of our hackathon. You will also get the opportunity to build relationships through serving as a point of contact for nonprofits and partnering with organizations within UC Davis and other universities, as well as organize transportation for students coming from other universities.


We’re looking for people who want to obtain hands-on experience managing finances for a large-scale event. In the past, we’ve worked with the sponsorship team to secure over $50,000 in funding towards building our hackathon, which needed to be carefully dispersed for the team’s needs. You’ll get hands-on experience with budgeting, invoicing, and serving as the point of contact with sponsors for payment logistics.


We’re looking for great communicators who are passionate about marketing and looking to gain experience in advertising for a distinguished hackathon. You’ll get to handle all public relations and social media accounts for our hackathon, as well as lead the creation and implementation of marketing strategies, receiving real-time feedback on your strategies. Working in our marketing team allows you to handle tasks ranging from authoring Medium articles and handing outreach with campus organizations and other universities, to updating our social media accounts and planning the entire marketing process.


We are looking for organized and responsible individuals to bring the whole vision of HackDavis into reality through planning the logistics of the actual event, including securing the venue, WiFi, food, etc. while also planning for activities and workshops that will take place throughout the event. Through this team, you will learn how to smoothly plan an event of 600+ attendees and communicate with several different vendors and school organizations. You will also work with many of the other teams throughout the process to make sure things are going to run smoothly on the big day.


We’re looking for individuals who have great communication skills and want experience in networking to join the sponsorship team. The team has successfully raised over $50,000 in the past. Serving as the point of contact for our sponsorship deals, you will be able to form relationships with many company representatives and increase your professional network.


We’re looking for software developers to work on technical projects for HackDavis, including the website, mobile apps, and judging app among others. You will collaborate with the design team to bring HackDavis’ creative vision to life and work on the projects you envision. If you are looking for hands-on experience with a variety of technologies, this is the team to join.

600+ hackers.

24 hours.

100+ projects.

$25,000+ prizes.

Hack for Social Good


What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is where you transform your crazy ideas into real stuff. Hundreds of hackers from across California and other parts of the U.S. form teams around an idea and collaboratively create a solution from scratch. These ideas turn into websites, mobile apps, hardware, and more!

Come make the most incredible things you can imagine alongside fellow creators. You take care of building and we'll take care of you.

We will be following MLH's Code Of Conduct.

Who can attend?

HackDavis is open to all majors! As long as you're prepared to learn, brainstorm, and build cool things, we welcome you to join. We encourage participants to form teams of up to 4 people.

We will be holding workshops throughout the year for students to immerse themselves into the world of hackathons and technology. These workshops will be held by industry professionals and members of our team, who will teach new and upcoming tools that assist with web development, mobile development, and more.

How does applying as a team work? Why apply as a team?

The maximum size of a team is 4 people. Your team should have only one member apply through our website - they will then receive a team link that they can send to the remaining team members. Each of the other team members should then apply using this team link.

Applying as a team will allow you to get a head start on your project idea and increase your chances of being accepted. If you apply as a team, you will be evaluated as a team rather than individually.

How can I help?

We need mentors and volunteers to ensure a great hacker experience at our event! We will release our mentor and volunteer applications soon so keep an eye out!

Why social good?

We want people to build projects with a meaningful impact and hope to foster a community dedicated to social change.

We find that most hackathons often don’t result with projects as practical solutions to specific societal problems and we’re looking to change that.

What can I build?

You can build whatever your heart desires, whether its a web app, mobile app, hardware hack, or an open source tool. Any social good oriented project is recommended.

Our main focus is to bring you a learning experience where you can have fun, ask questions, and experiment with technology.

What if I don’t have a team or idea?

Don't worry! We're hosting three mixers before HackDavis, so please check out our Facebook page for more announcements about those.

We’ll also have a final mixer right after hacking starts during HackDavis, so we'll make sure you're equipped and ready to go!

How much does it cost?

HackDavis is free for all admitted participants. Don’t sweat it! We will provide your WiFi, meals, caffeine, swag, and workspace for the entire weekend.

Will HackDavis be providing travel reimbursements?

We will update applicants with the status of travel reimbursements once applications close.

We are also looking into buses from Berkeley, SJSU, Stanford, UC Irvine, USC, and SLO to Davis depending on interest. Feel free to let us know in the application which bus routes you would be interested in and spread the word to your friends/classmates to increase interest!

As an NPO, why should I attend?

Because we emphasize social good in our hackathon, each year we partner with three non-profit organizations to raise awareness for issues on which they focus. Representatives come to our hackathon to help envision projects that relate to their non-profit’s goals.

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