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What is TigerHacks?

TigerHacks is a 36 hour hackathon hosted at the University of Missouri - Columbia. From October 13th-15th, hundreds of passionate students from around the midwest will gather together to use technology to rethink journalism and media. This weekend of collaboration will allow for programmers, designers, and people interested in learning technology to build something new, while also meeting great companies and making new memories. Whether you are a budding programmer cub or an experienced panther, we will see you at TigerHacks!

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon does not involve breaking anything as the name would suggest. Participants (hackers) spend 36 hours working in teams to build or code projects (hacks) to solve a problem. Projects can take the form of websites, mobile apps, robots, or anything you can think of! All of the projects are judged, with the best teams receiving prizes. In the meantime, there are workshops, mentors, food, swag, and plenty of coffee to guide you.

Constructing Connections

From fake news detection, to social networking, to tracking personal data, the role of tech in media is becoming increasingly important. This year TigerHacks is partnering with the University of Missouri Reynolds Journalism Institute to focus on new approaches to communicating, connecting, and influencing people. Teams will be awarded prizes for innovative projects in the field of media and journalism. This multidisciplinary collaboration has the potential for a truly unique hackathon experience, and we know that the ideas will be stronger than ever!


Where and When is TigerHacks?

TigerHacks will run from 5:00 p.m October 13th to 3:00 p.m. October 15th in the newly renovated Lafferre Hall at the University of Missouri - Columbia.

Is coding experience required?

Of course not! All students who want to learn about technology, design, and building new things are welcome. Because media tech is interdisciplinary, the best teams will draw from a broad range of experiences and foster learning and collaboration among different domains. Come ready to learn something new, and we will take care of the rest.

Am I eligible to participate?

Current undergraduate and graduate students, or those who graduated within the last 6 months, can compete. High school students who are 18 years of age or older are also eligible. Anyone is welcome to come and see what participants are working on - feel free to swing by.!

Is there a deadline to register?

Registration will be open until the day before the event. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate new registrants the day of the event.

How should I act?

Good question! Check out the MLH Code of Conduct. Although we're all here to have fun, we do not want to create an unpleasant environment for any hacker.

I have another question!

Not a problem, shoot us an email at and we will get back with you ASAP.

Help! I’ve never done this before!

Not a problem! Your experience is entirely irrelevant is going into a hackathon, it’s more about your interest in technology. We are passionate about making the hackathon welcoming and beginner-friendly. If you want to learn how to code before TigerHacks, here's a fantastic blog post that you should read. After, you can check out the following: Treehouse, Codecademy, and the Major League Hacking Blog to get started.

How do teams work?

If you don't have a team, we've got you covered. We will have a dedicated team building time on Friday! Otherwise, add team information on the hacker dashboard when you apply (can be changed). Once the idea brainstorming session is done, there will be an open mic and networking time to find a team. Everyone registered will also be invited to the TigerHacks Slack team prior to the hackathon in order to network and discuss ideas. Feel free to team up with friends, or branch out and meet someone new during the weekend.

What should I build?

You can build whatever you want: websites, programs, mobile apps, anything! However, all code must be written during the hackathon - feel free to use open source libraries and APIs.

How many people can be on a team?

We recommend teams of 3-4 people, though if you prefer to fly solo or work in a pair we won’t stop you. Teams submitting their project will be limited to 4 hackers per team.

Who will own my brain child?

All of the work done by you and your team will be completely yours. We hope that you will continue to work on the project and share your work with others!

What do I need to participate?

First, the basics: bring your laptop and charger. Bring your cell phone and charger too, and a power splitter if you have one! A water bottle, pillow, and any other accessories you would bring to a sleepover is a plus. The most important thing to bring is curiosity and the willingness to contribute ideas. Please don't bring alcohol, drugs, or soldering equipment.

How can I get to TigerHacks?

You can drive, take a bus, or even walk if you're that dedicated. We'll offer travel reimbursement up to $25 (with valid recipts) if you travel on your own dime. Parking is available in Turner Avenue Garage.

Should I pack a lunch?

That won’t be necessary - we'll be providing multiple meals and snacks throughout the entire event. We should even be able to accommodate most dietary restrictions.

What can I win?

It wouldn’t be a hackathon without awesome prizes! Teams will be judged based on projects’ creativity, usefulness, technical difficulty, and innovative improvement to media. Prizes will include: Personal Drones and Surfaces sponsored by Microsoft, GoPro Cameras sponsored by Carfax, and Cash Prizes. There will also be a special award for the best project made by first-time hackathon particpants.

Where can I sleep?

Programming can be exhausting, but we have you covered. We will provide a quiet rest room where hackers can take a break from the action.

Does TigerHacks cost money?

Not for you! Thanks to our fantastic sponsors, the cost of the event (food & prizes included) is completely free for participants.

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