Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon Season

What is CrimsonHacks?

At its core, CrimsonHacks is about bringing hackers from all over the south for a weekend of innovation. We are the first Major League Hacking member event in the state of Alabama. For 24 hours, 200 students from around the southeast will come together in Tuscaloosa at The University of Alabama for a weekend of innovation, free food, and of course, free swag. We're looking forward to seeing you in Tuscaloosa!






What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is short for "hacking marathon." We're doing the fun, legal hacking, not the bad kind. It's a weekend of coding, designing, and inventing. We offer a space for hackers, innovators, and creators to come together for a weekend to create something meaningful.

How much does CrimsonHacks cost?

Absolutely nothing. We'll provide free food, venue, wifi, swag, etc. for the event. Just bring you and your friends!

Are there any team size restrictions?

Yes - teams can be made of 1-4 participants, per MLH's rules.

Will travel reimbursements be provided?

We'll provide travel reimbursements for those traveling more than 30 miles by car with a minimum of 3 people.

We are unable to provide flight reimbursements at this time, we're sorry for any inconvenience! Maybe next year :)

Where is the event?

CrimsonHacks will be held in the Ferguson Center at The University of Alabama. There's free parking across the street!

What if I don't have a team?

That’s totally fine! We’ll have a team-forming event right before development starts. If you want to form a team beforehand, we encourage you to use our Facebook page and #teamforming Slack channel to link up!

What about sleeping?

Don't forget a pillow, blankets, and a sleeping bag! We'll have designated quiet areas if you need to get some shut-eye. You'll probably be hacking away, though!

Will there be food?

Yes, and it will be free! We'll provide 5 full meals over the weekend starting Saturday morning, with snacks in between.

What should I bring?

Make sure you have a photo ID, laptop (and any other devices you want to use), chargers, toiletries, a change of clothes, and a passion for learning!

What if I can't code?

That's okay, we'll teach you. If you aren't interested in coding, there are plenty of other things you can do - attend workshops, contribute your other awesome skills, and network with participants and sponsors.

Who can attend?

In order to attend CrimsonHacks, You must be a college student (or a person who has graduated within the last 12 months). You'll need your student ID at check-in. If you're in the industry, feel free to sign up as a mentor!

Will there be hardware?

Yes! We'll have MLH's Hardware Lab for the weekend. You can see what will be provided here.

If your question isn't answered here, head over to the MLH FAQ or email us.


Check back often, as the schedule is updated on a rolling basis. If you noted that you'll be arriving Friday night in your RSVP, we will email you more information on check-in.


8:00AM Check-in, Breakfast (Panera Bread), and Sponsorship Networking Begin Ballroom
12:00PM Opening Ceremony Ballroom
1:00PM Hacking Begins Ballroom
1:00PM Lunch (Taco Mama) & Teamforming Event Ballroom
2:00PM Tech Workshop Track 1: Beginner Python Room 3104
2:00PM Tech Workshop Track 2: Beginner JavaScript - Red Ventures Forum
3:00PM Tech Workshop Track 1: Intermediate Python Room 3104
3:00PM Tech Workshop Track 2: Intermediate JavaScript - Red Ventures Forum
4:00PM Tech Workshop: Intro to Git Room 3104
4:00PM Sponsor Talk: 84.51 Forum
5:00PM Sponsor Talk: Pariveda Solutions Forum
6:00PM Dinner (Dreamland BBQ) Ballroom
7:00PM Sponsor Talk: Red Ventures Forum
7:00PM Tech Workshop: Intro to Docker Room 3104
8:00PM Sponsor Talk: The Nine Forum
9:00PM Cup Stacking Competition Ballroom
10:00PM Bubble Wrap Popping Room 3103
11:00PM Slideshow Karaoke Room 3103


12:00AM Midnight Ice Cream Break + Snacks by Pariveda Solutions Ballroom
12:30AM Frisbee Meet in Ballroom
1:30AM Quiet Time Rooms 3114-3115
8:00AM Breakfast (Panera Bread) Ballroom
12:00PM Lunch (Firehouse Subs) Ballroom
1:00PM Hacking Ends - Submit to Devpost!
1:00PM Demo Presentations Begin Ballroom
2:45PM Closing Ceremony Ballroom


CrimsonHacks is a great event for not only students, but professionals as well. Mentors will be able to share their valuable knowledge by hosting workshops of their expertise or by becoming a designated “expert” in a specific technology. Not to mention, mentors also receive a free t-shirt and swag bag!

Mentoring for CrimsonHacks is a great way to give back to the Tuscaloosa community. This is an opportunity to share your experience with aspiring professionals in the southeast. Help us innovate the south by registering as a mentor today! For more information, email