What is Local Hack Day?

Local Hack Day is a 12-hour hackathon sponsored by Major League Hacking and Github, organized by student clubs within the School of Computing Design.

Who is it for?

This hackathon is geared toward anyone with programming experience and the diligence to work collaboratively toward a goal of a unique software project. The competition will be broken down into two tiers - Beginner and Advanced -to ensure that computer science enthusiasts of any skill level get the most out of this learning experience. If you can contribute fundamental software design ideas or functioning code, you should register for this event!

Okay, I'm interested, where do I go and when?

Instruction will be provided and teams will be formed on Friday, December 2nd from 5pm-8pm in the BIT Building Room 104 (we will have check-in tables in the lobby). Hacking will begin the following morning on Saturday, December 3rd from 8am-7pm, with judging and winner announcement wrapping up after that by 9pm.

Major League Hacking Workshops


These workshops cover all sorts of different topics that you might want to brush up on before Saturday.

Should I bring anything?

Yes! You should bring your computer (obviously) and anything else that will help you be comfortable and focused for a day of constant hacking.
This could include:

  • Snacks
  • Caffeinated drinks (don't overdo it, you want focus, not jitters!)
  • USB flash drives
  • Laptop chargers!!!
  • Water bottles - the BIT building has a fill station

If you have any concerns or questions, please email csumb.acm@gmail.com



These prompts are intended to spark your interest and help you come up with your own project ideas. You do NOT have to choose a project from the list below.


Text-Based Game

Highlight your programming skills (use for loops, if statements, etc.) to build a text-based adventure game.

More Small Scope Ideas



Cleaning up Clickbait

Demonstrate how social media platforms can be modified or reconstructed to value accuracy and truth over intrigue. Increasingly, software engineers build the social networks that serve as gatekeepers of information.  The key here is to somehow incentivize trustworthy data - i.e. forcing users to read content before sharing.

Troll Trace

Find a hack to stop online harassment - i.e. logging i.p. addresses of people you block? MLH has partnered with Hack Harassment!

Crowd-Learning Web Tool

Build a multi-screen interactive hack.  Get input from a mobile device, then send the output to a larger screen. Think Chromecast capability, but keep the scope small! https://play.kahoot.it/#/

Cross-platform, Business Facing

A web tool that works on multiple devices and integrates with multiple services and exchanges currency.

Sociable Extendables

Build an Extension for an existing social media platform - improve the service.   “I wish Facebook did this” but please don’t make a Snapchat filter...

Text-Based Text-Based Gamebot

A classic text-based adventure game inside a messaging platform! Use an SMS-management service or integrate with a social network to build a game/bot.

Study Buddy

Make something that boosts your academic productivity/laziness/efficiency.

Security Upgrade

Write a hack to improve the average user’s online security a.k.a. save your family members from password recovery limbo.

No Interface is the Best Interface

Your hack must have voice-control as its primary user interface.  Alexa, win us a hackathon.


Build something that uses computer vision to identify real-world objects! http://opencv.org/


Hackathon Sponsors


$25 in prizes

Grid-It Accessory Organizer

Each member of the Advanced Division winning team will receive a Grid-It Accessory Organizer to keep your gadgets handy! https://www.cocooninnovations.com/grid.php

Best Buy Gift Card

Each member of the Beginner Division winning team will receive a $10 Best Buy Gift Card.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

How do I register?
You can register by clicking this link and following the steps to create an account through our MLH Local Hack Day portal.  Additionally, there is a QR code and short URL on the attached flyer! CSUMB organizers will receive your registration information right after you register at this national site.  
Required Slack

Each team member should download slack and join this team! 



Avner Biblarz

Avner Biblarz
Instructor, CSU Monterey Bay

Glenn Bruns

Glenn Bruns
Professor, CSU Monterey Bay

Jason Henderson

Jason Henderson
Instructor, CSU Monterey Bay

Pablo Breuer

Pablo Breuer
Commander, USN & Instructor, CSU Monterey Bay

Judging Criteria

  • Technology
    How technically impressive was the hack? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did it use a particularly clever technique or did it use many different components? Did the technology involved make you go "Wow"?
  • Design
    Did the team put thought into the user experience? How well designed is the interface? For a website, this might be about how beautiful the CSS or graphics are. For a hardware project, it might be more about how good the human-computer interaction is.
  • Completion
    Does the hack work? Did the team achieve everything they wanted? 75%? Half? Less?
  • Learning
    Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What projects have they worked on before? If they jumped into totally new territory and made some progress, that should be rewarded!

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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