Join us for Abingdon,Virginia's first annual 24-hour hackathon!

WiseHacks 2017 will give college students (18+) the opportunity to showcase their technical skills and passion for building innovative software applications and hardware hacks. Participants will spend 24 hours learning about new technology, networking with professional mentors and working to solve a problem of their choosing. Whether building a website, mobile app or hardware hack, the goal is to start from scratch and end with a usable prototype to demo in front of our panel of judges.

WiseHacks is a non-profit event that is free to all participants! Our hackers will have the opportunity to pick up awesome swag from our sponsor tables, get to know professional mentors from the tech industry, work with cool hardware from the MLH lab, and learn about today’s technology in one of our featured tech talks. Hackers will also have the chance to participate in fun mini-games like cup stacking and corn hole and win sweet door prizes from our sponsors. All of our participants will receive a free WiseHacks 2017 t-shirt and plenty of free food and energy drinks to help make it through the weekend!

Learn more about WiseHacks 2017 by visiting our website:

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Students 18 and older who are currently enrolled at a college or university are eligible to participate as hackers. College graduates who have graduated within 1 year of the event are also eligible to participate


Build whatever you can imagine, as long as it abides by the MLH Code of Conduct and as long as you've built it from scratch.

For your final submission, please be sure to include a description of your project and a list of the technologies you used as well as a list of teammates. Videos are not required, but definitely encouraged!

How to enter

Pre-registration is required and can be completed at Eventbrite via this link: You must register by 1 p.m. on Friday, March 17 in order to participate in WiseHacks 2017.


Andrew May

Andrew May
Co-Founder/CEO CodeTank Labs; President CodeStock Board

Anthony "Tony" Lettich

Anthony "Tony" Lettich
Managing Director The Angel Roundtable; Co-Founder/President/CEO Funding Sage

Scott Shinn

Scott Shinn
Founder/CTO Atomicorp

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
  • Creativity
  • Business Viability
  • Presentation