In the spirit of innovation and with a nod to the past, we proudly present MHacks 16, a coding marathon set to redefine the boundaries of creativity and technology. Born from the legacy of the renowned hackathons at the University of Michigan, this reimagined hackathon aims to capture the essence of its predecessors while infusing new energy and excitement into the hackathon landscape.

The most hype hackathon in the world is BACK.




You must be a registered MHacks 16 participant.

What to Build

Anything and everything. There is no limit.

What to Submit

Hackers should make a Devpost submission to this hackathon Devpost.

Hackathon Sponsors


$18,900 in prizes

MHacks - 1st Place

Meta Quest 2 VR Headset - to the best overall hack

MHacks/BNY Mellon - 2nd Place

Sony WH-CH720N Bluetooth Headphones - to the second best overall hack

MHacks - 3rd Place

Keychron V3 Wired Custom Mechanical Keyboard - to the third best overall hack

MHacks - Cybersecurity

Flipper Zeros - to the best Cybersecurity hack

MHacks - Hardware

Creality Ender 3 3D Printer - to the best Hardware hack

MHacks/Ford - ML/AI

Sonos Speakers, Beanies Hats, Ford Cooler Bags - to the best ML/AI hack

MHacks - Game Dev

Dell 27 Gaming Monitor - to the best Game Dev hack

Capital One - Best Financial Hack (3)

$250 Amazon Gift Card

Warp - Best Developer Tool

Eddie Bauer Warp Duffle Bags, Google Nests

optiMize - Social Impact Track (3)

1st place - $1000 2nd place - $300 3rd place - $200. Every winner will receive optiMize swag and will be invited to join the optiMize social innovation challenge.

Caterpillar - Best Cloud Implementation

Caterpillar Speakers & guaranteed interview

Caterpillar - Best Demonstrated Business Value

Caterpillar Speakers & guaranteed interview

Grainger - Most Innovative Use of Data

$125 Visa Gift Card Per Teammate

UM ITS - Generative AI and Teaching & Learning Data (3)

1st prize: $600 total, $150 for each participants, Tech Shop gift card (

2nd prize: $400 total, $100 for each participants, Tech Shop gift card (

3rd prize: $200 total, $50 for each participants, Tech Shop gift card (

MLH - Best Use of Google Cloud

[Google Cloud Backpack]
Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: Learn more about the tools and opportunities with Google Cloud by joining the Google Cloud Student Innovators program - Winners will receive a Google Cloud branded backpack!

Be sure to redeem your Google Cloud Credits as soon as possible through the Google Cloud Credit Form. Use the promo code in your pre-event email to access the form!

MLH - Most Creative Use of Github

[GitHub Swag] GitHub is one of the best ways to collaborate, push code, get feedback, and show the world what you’ve built during a hackathon. To take it a step further, GitHub is now offering you access to industry tools, events & learning resources through something called GitHub Global Campus. Win this weekend’s Most Creative Use of GitHub prize category, first by signing up for GitHub Global Campus and second by using a GitHub repository to host your hackathon project’s code! Make sure your use of GitHub stands out with a detailed ReadMe page, meaningful pull requests and collaboration history, and even a GitHub pages deployment!

MLH - Best Use of MongoDB Atlas

[M5GO IoT Starter Kit]
MongoDB Atlas takes the leading modern database and makes it accessible in the cloud! Get started with a $50 credit for students or sign up for the Atlas free forever tier (no credit card required). Along with a suite of services and functionalities, you'll have everything you need to manage all of your data, and you can get a headstart with free resources from MongoDB University! Build a hack using MongoDB Atlas for a chance to win a M5GO IoT Starter Kit for you and each member of your team.

MLH - Best Use of Streamlit

[Hardware kit] Want to take your Python skills to the next level? Streamlit is an open-source Python library that makes it easy to share and build custom web apps for machine learning, data science, and more. Instead of writing Python scripts without a UI, you can create a beautiful web app, complete with widgets and data visualizations, and deploy it for free to the Streamlit Community Cloud. You can even build a fully functional LLM-powered app with just 25 lines of code! Hack with Streamlit this weekend for your chance to win some awesome tech hardware for you and each member of your team.

MLH - Best Use of Kintone

[Breadboard IoT Kit]
Still not sure what backend to use in your hack? Kintone is a low-code web database that lets you set up your backend in minutes. It's beginner friendly, allowing you to customize your Kintone app using nothing but JavaScript and HTML. If you're interested in IoT, your team can snag a FREE microcontroller by signing up for Kintone and visiting the MLH table. If you use Kintone in your hackathon project, you'll have a chance to win a breadboard IoT kit to power up the hardware hacking for each member of your team!

MLH - Google Cloud: Most Innovative Startup Idea

[Google Branded Backpack] Imagine having the tools, resources, and support you need to turn your idea into reality. With the Google for Startups Cloud Program, you can harness the power of the Google Cloud Platform to supercharge your startup and scale your project faster than ever. Instructions found under the MLH tab of

MLH - Best Use of Hedera

[Compact Mechanical Keyboard]
Hedera is a next generation blockchain technology that’s accessible from familiar programming languages like Java and JavaScript. Their goal? To make Web3 development even more accessible to hackers like you! Build a project on Hedera's test network for a chance to win amazing Compact Mechanical Keyboards for you and your team!

Build a decentralized application on Hedera using our JavaScript SDK.
Build applications that never sleep using EVM compatible smart contract service.
Say goodbye to cumbersome databases and hello to seamless scalability of Hedera Consensus Service. With no need for writing your own APIs your data is securely stored and easily retrieved.

MLH - Best Use of Flow

[$200 USD in FLOW Token]
Flow is a public, decentralized, layer-one blockchain designed for creating limitless Web3 apps for mainstream adoption. Flow empowers hackers like you to build decentralized applications and share them with the world. Write safe and readable smart contracts with Cadence and explore the potential of composable, on-chain logic. With SDKs in multiple languages like Javascript, Go, Kotlin, Python, Swift, Unity, you can jump in and start your hack using Flow this weekend for a chance to win $200 USD worth of FLOW token for each member of your team!

Best .Tech Domain Name

[Blue Snowball Microphone & a Free .Tech Domain Name for Life!]
Make your Team's Achievements timeless: Win a .Tech Domain Name for Life to Showcase and Expand Your Project, Plus 4 Blue Snowball Mics for Effortless Collaboration on Zoom, empowering you to build even more cool things together!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


MHacks Judges

MHacks Judges

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation
    Originality and uniqueness of the idea or solution. Creative problem-solving and novel approaches to challenges. Demonstrated innovation in addressing real-world issues or needs.
  • Technical Complexity
    Depth of technical implementation and sophistication. Effective utilization of advanced technologies, tools, and programming languages. Robustness and scalability of the technical solution.
  • Usability
    Intuitiveness and user-friendliness of the project. Accessibility and inclusivity in design and functionality. Consideration of the end-user experience and potential impact on a broader audience.
  • Adherence to Theme
    Alignment with the specified hackathon theme or challenge. Clear demonstration of how the project addresses and contributes to the theme. Creativity in interpreting and incorporating the theme into the project.

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