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TechTogether has been Acquired by Major League Hacking!

Hey Hackers! I’m excited to share that TechTogether has been acquired by Major League Hacking (MLH). Moving forward, our teams will be working together to develop programs that will empower hackers around the world. Don’t worry, the TechTogether you know and love will continue to exist and pursue our mission of increasing gender diversity in the hackathon community. Read on for the details!

What is Major League Hacking (MLH)? Major League Hacking, also known as MLH, runs the largest community of early-career technologists in the world. Among developers, MLH is widely known for the 200+ weekend-long student hackathons they power each year. In 2021 alone, more than 135,000 developers participated in MLH hackathons to gain the hands-on experience they need to launch their careers. In fact, I actually got my start in the MLH community at HackNYU in 2017!

Photo of Fiona Whittington and Sreeya Sai at MLH photobooth.
TechTogether co-founders, Fiona Whittington and Sreeya Sai, at Hackcon in 2018 hosted by MLH for hackathon organizers and student leaders.

Like TechTogether, MLH cares deeply about making hackathons inclusive and diverse. MLH also has deep experience supporting the growth of a community from the early days to more than 500,000 members. By joining forces with MLH, TechTogether will have access to resources and expertise that will help us empower hackers at an even greater scale and further our mission of increasing the gender diversity of the hackathon community.

What does this mean for our hackers? The TechTogether you know and love isn’t going anywhere — we’ll continue to operate TechTogether hackathons and more, but now as part of the MLH family. So, for those of you worried that our mascot is leaving us — don’t worry! Byte is here to stay! Our mission and gender-inclusivity policy will not be changed, and of course, we will continue to supply face masks at every in-person TechTogether hackathon.

So, what is changing? We will leverage MLH’s investment in TechTogether to expand the Chapter Program and launch new programs, which means more opportunities for you to attend hackathons and other cool career development programs like the MLH Fellowship. MLH will also play a big role in helping TechTogether transition its programs back to in-person for the 2021–2022 hackathon season.

Does this mean we can expect to attend in-person events next year? Yes, both MLH and TechTogether are committed to bringing back in-person events for our community as quickly as possible. To ensure that the events are safe, we’ll be utilizing best practices recommended by national, state, and local health authorities.

TechTogether’s last in-person hackathon was held in 2019 at Boston University.

How soon can we start to see changes? I’ll be leading the integration of TechTogether into MLH over the coming months, ensuring continuity of our programs during the transition. To receive updates about TechTogether and MLH, you can subscribe to our newsletter here.

I’m excited to be joining the MLH’s leadership team to continue to lead TechTogether through this next phase of growth. To learn more about the acquisition, I will be hosting an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Twitch with Swift, the CEO & Co-Founder of MLH on May 5th. During the AMA, we will be available to answer any questions you might have about the acquisition, the future of TechTogether, or anything else you’re curious about.

I look forward to working with our community to write TechTogether’s future, together! I can’t wait to see you all again this hackathon season.

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TechTogether, the nation’s largest initiative to address the gender inequities in the hackathon community, supports over 10,000 hackers. TechTogether is credited in part with increasing the gender diversity of the hackathon community by 18% from 2019 to 2020.

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A marketer with a passion for startups, technology, and education.

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