Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon Season


March 31 - April 2, 2017

Spring forward with 500 fellow students
at Princeton's premier hackathon

Applications are currently closed.


For 36 hours on March 31st - April 2nd, HackPrinceton will bring together 500 developers and designers from across the country to create incredible software and hardware projects. Our theme at HackPrinceton this semester is "Spring Forward", where we will provide a comfortable and enlivening atmosphere for you to build out progressive, innovative, and crazy ideas.

At HackPrinceton, you’ll meet fellow hackers, learn new technologies, and hone your skills alongside seasoned mentors. We'll have free food, swag, workshops, free food, mentorship, prizes, games, free food, and more. Don’t have a team, or even an idea? Don’t worry! We’ll give you the tools to build something incredible.

Whether this will be your first or your twentieth hackathon — and whether you’re making your first mobile app or want to jump onboard the most developed hardware track in the country — we’d love to see you here!


What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a marathon software and hardware product creation event. At HackPrinceton, you can look forward to amazing guest speakers, helpful workshops, tons of skilled mentors, and, of course, fun games and great food.

Who can attend?

Any undergraduate or graduate student at any university in the world!

What should I bring?

Bring your student ID for entrance, and a government-issued ID to borrow hardware from our electrical engineering lab. You’ll also need your laptop and charger for hacking, and toiletries for hygiene.

I’ve never been to a hackathon and I’m nervous.

Have no fear — HackPrinceton is, first and foremost, a fun learning experience! We will have beginner workshops held by professors and industry professionals in web design, mobile applications, backends, cloud content management, and more! Our goal is for you to leave HackPrinceton having learned something.

Will this cost me money?

Nope! We’ll provide all the food, swag, and fun times you need to have an amazing weekend.

Will I be able to borrow hardware for my project?

Yes! We have one of the most well established hardware tracks in the country and our dedicated hardware lab will be stocked with parts and tools to build your project. Some items we've previously provided include:
  • Raspberry Pis + kits + touchscreens
  • Arduinos + kits
  • Oculus Rifts
  • Sparkcore
  • Myo Bands
  • Pebble Smartwatch
  • Servos, Motors and Gears
  • Soldering irons
  • Wire cutters, strippers, pliers
  • Laser cutter + acrylic
  • ...and more!

How will I get to Princeton?

We'll be sending a number of buses to some schools, which will provide you with transportation to and from HackPrinceton. If we don't have a bus going to your school, we'll be providing travel reimbursements to many participants in order to help subsidize the costs of travel. You'll receive more details about your particular travel arrangement on your confirmation page.

What's the event schedule?

HackPrinceton will start around 5pm on Friday, March 31th and last until around 3pm on Sunday, April 2nd. We'll be releasing more details about the schedule in the coming weeks.

Can I sleep at HackPrinceton?

Yes, of course! We encourage all hackers to take care of themselves and get some sleep over the weekend. We provide free on-campus housing at Princeton for hackers that request it. Furthermore, we have partnered with the Courtyard by Marriott Princeton to provide you with discounted rates for a hotel room, along with a free daytime shuttle service to Princeton! Contact [email protected] for more details about this great deal.


Interested in partnering with HackPrinceton? Send us a message at [email protected].