To stimulate the growth and show our support of the student hacker community, we’ve partnered with Major League Hacking (MLH) to provide each new member hackathon with a $1,000 grant and one sponsored ticket to Hackcon, the conference for hackathon organizers.

Hackathons are amazing social gatherings where students interested in technology can come together to learn, build, and share brand new creations over the course of a weekend.

For a small, first-time hackathon, $1,000 can make or break the event budget. For organizers, having the opportunity to meet the people behind the most successful student hackathons at Hackcon is invaluable to the continued success of their events.

As the official student hackathon league, MLH provides member events with organizational support including mentorship, hardware labs, and connections to technology companies. Last week, they announced their seed funding and B-Corp certification to reaffirm their mission-driven focus on empowering student hackers. Together, GitHub and MLH have supported a community of 50,000 students at over 150 global events in the last year.

We’re proud to be part of the rapidly growing movement of hackathons organized for students by students. GitHubbers regularly participate in student hackathons as mentors, guest speakers, and judges while the GitHub Student Developer Pack gives student hackers free access to the best developer tools to use for their hacks.

To organize a hackathon at your school with support from GitHub start an MLH member hackathon in the 2016-2017 season.