The 8 Best Websites to Find a Hackathon — The HackLife Guide 💾 💻🤓
In order to go to a hackathon, you have to apply to at least one.
Major League Hacking (http://www.mlh.io/) is an organization built on empowering hackers. They do amazing stuff for anyone who goes to hackathons, wants to, or even plans hackathons (University and High School).
To see all the hackathons, click on “Find an Event” and then on your respective continent.
I’ve only seen in-person hackathons hosted at a University or High School. I’ve never seen anything online or corporate. My two favorite hackathons have been found through here, and both times I found them last minute (HackUMass & QuackHack). MLH promises quality in their hackathons, and they definitely deliver.
Many hackathons use Devpost (http://www.devpost.com) to help you find a team, submit your project, and look at other projects. I’ve actually been asked for my Devpost account during an internship interview so that they could see all my cool projects.
What’s great about Devpost is their search system. You can filter by in-person or online. You can sort by end date or prize amount. And, most importantly, you can search by location or even topic.
If you are in need of a hackathon tomorrow, Devpost is your way to go. Especially if you don’t live in North America or Europe. You hear that Asia, Africa, & South America? (Has there been a hackathon in Antarctica yet? #HackTheIce)
Not only is Hackalist (http://www.hackalist.org) open source, it is also very cool for those who like to travel. It has a filter that only shows you hackathons giving travel reimbursement. And for all the young padawans, it has a filter for hackathons accepting high schoolers.
HackathonsNear.me (http://www.hackathonsnear.me) is another listing website with a different styling. It has a nice feature of Searching by a city or even address to find local hackathons. The coolest part is that they have a map.
What’s even cooler, is that they have a “network” tab where you can find fellow hackers to start a project with, attend a hackathon with, or even hire.
HackEvents (http://www.hackevents.co) allows you to add hackathons to your favorites. So if you don’t have time to apply right away, you can push that to a later date.
With Facebook advertising bringing in such amazing ROI for just about anything, almost every hackathon has a facebook page. By liking one page, you are suggested between 5 to 20 more. I went on a liking spree for maybe 100 hackathons so that they show up on my news feed.
In addition to facebook fan pages, there is a group named Hackathon Hackers that is full of over 38 thousand (and rising) hackers who will be more than happy to help you find a hackathon. In fact, this guide was inspired by someone’s post on the site asking for hackathons this semester.
8) Hack Club
Check out this website for high school hackathons: https://hackathons.hackclub.com/
There’s about 100 more…
So — Which one is the best?
You can’t lose. Unless, you don’t choose any of them 😦.
But really, my advice is to go to all of the websites above and any more you can find. Apply for every single hackathon you can, so you have options. Not sure how to apply to a hackathon? Check out my guide.
I also asked my question on Hackathon Hackers, and these are the responses I got: