BrickHack 3

February 11-12, 2017

Thanks for a great BrickHack! See you next year!


Who should come?

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Do you have a penchant for creating intuitive works? Take this opportunity to work with other designers!

Work on a team to create a new brand or marketing strategy! You can even hack alongside engineers to produce a working prototype.

Design Category
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Does hammering away at bugs excite you? What about exploring new technologies while bringing an idea to life?

Come together to hack on the next solution to an every day problem, or even contribute back to the open source community.

API List
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Is hardware your passion? Does bringing the physical world to life excite you?

Put the parts together and get hands-on to construct your vision. We'll have various devices & products from MLH's popular hardware lab to work with.

Hardware Lab


* Schedule subject to change

Clark Gym
Get signed in, snag a table, talk to sponsors, meet other hackers, and prepare for the weekend!
Lunch served
12pm - 1pm
Introduction and Speakers
Hear from our organizers about this weekend's activities and logistics, plus hear from our sponsors!
1pm - 1:30pm
Team Building
Fireside Lounge
Don't have a team yet? Have no fear! We'll help pair you with someone of like interests so your 24 hours is a success.
Datto Tech Talk
Modernizing Legacy(Web) Codebases

How do you go about bringing an old codebase into the glorious tech world of 2017? Where should you start? It doesn't matter what language you're using or if it's functional or procedural. The strategies we'll talk about today will serve you well in your long and illustrious professional career.
Microsoft Tech Talk
Microsoft Cognitive Services - Adding Smarts to your Applications

Have you ever wanted to analyze someone's emotions in a picture but didn't know how? Or maybe you're working on an awesome bot but don't know how to make the bot smarter?  With Microsoft Cognitive Services, we can do just that and add smarts to our applications. In this talk we will learn how get started and discuss the possibilities of this API.
IBM Tech Talk
Learn to use Bluemix, create an IoT app, use IBM Watson apis

Ease of IoT app development, how to leverage various Watson services like conversation api, text-to-speech, speech-to-text, alchemy sentiment analyzer, tone analyzer, etc.
UPS Tech Talk
Details coming soon...
Sparkpost Tech Talk
Chat Bots in your Inbox - Learn about chat bots and how you can leverage the SparkPost API to create them over email.

How can I utilize inbound and transactional email to build a chat bot? What is an example of something awesome built using SparkPost? How can I easily accomplish this using Node.js?
Coffee Talk
Brewing Through Time - A talk about the history of coffee brewing and where it is today.
Dinner served
Hacktivity: Scavenger hunt
Details coming soon...

Winner gets a prize!
Sushi snack
Refuel with a few bits of sushi
Hacktivity: Rubik's cube tournament
Aux Gym
Who can solve a Rubik's cube the fastest?
MLH Cup Stacking
Aux Gym
See how tall you can stack cups in a race against time
Hacktivity: Smash Tournament
Aux Gym
Compete in the classic game
Insomnia Cookies
Fresh, warm cookies straight from the bakery that specializes in late-night snacks.
Breakfast served
Submissions due
Deadline to have your hack submitted on Devpost. You can continue to work on your hack after this, however it MUST be submitted to Devpost to be considered for judging and prizes.
Lunch served
1pm - 3pm
Judging fair
The best part: show everyone what you've been working on all weekend! Reflect on all of the hurdles you ran into and nuances you learned. No hack is too small!

Judges will be going around for any category you applied for. Be sure to submit your table number on Devpost so they can find you!
3:30pm - 5pm
Closing Ceremony
Winning teams are announced!


What is a hackathon?

Great question! A hackathon is best described as an “invention marathon”. Anyone with an interest in technology attends a hackathon to learn, build & share their creations over the course of a weekend in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. You don’t have to be a programmer and you certainly don’t have to be majoring in CS!

MLH has a great list of related questions over at

How am I supposed to get there?

If you live in the Rochester, NY area, you’re good to go. If not, we still welcome you! Some schools will have a bus provided; see below. Unfortunately we are unable to provide travel reimbursements. If you have any questions, contact [email protected].

What should I bring?

Bring yourself, a photo ID, clothes, toiletries, a sleeping bag/blanket, your hacker setup and maybe an idea or two.

Who can participate in BrickHack?

Anyone who is currently enrolled as a student or has graduated within the last 12 months can attend! If you don't fit that description, you're absolutely welcome to attend as a mentor or volunteer.

All attendees must be 18 years or older to attend. Proof of your age may be requested on the day of the event.

When does registration close?

Acceptance notification will start being sent out January 26th. Applications submitted afterwards will be waitlisted.

How much does this cost?

Zero. Zip. Nada. Attending BrickHack is free, and we'll be providing plenty of food and swag throughout the weekend!

I've never been to a hackathon before, can I still apply?

Of course you can! Our attendees will range from first-timers to veteran hackers. Saddle up to a new framework, refresh a stale project, or just hang out and enjoy the diverse company.

I don't live near Rochester - can I still come?

Definitely. We invite hackers from all over the US and Canada to join us for our annual event!

Are busses being provided?

Busses are being provided to students at Buffalo, Cornell, Binghamton, RPI, and Albany. If you're eligible for a bus, you'll see the option to sign up when you RSVP!

Do I need a team to join?

While teams are often recommended and sometimes more fun, they're not required. Feel free to invite your friends. Teams are a max of 4 people.

Do RIT students need to apply?

Yes, RIT students need to apply just like everyone else.

Can high schoolers join?

Anyone that fits the age requirements can apply, even high schoolers.

When will I know if I got in?

Acceptance notifications will start being sent out January 16th on a rolling basis.

Should I bring my own bricks?

We've got you covered.

My question isn't answered here?

Fret not! Feel free to reach out to us on Twitter, Facebook, or email.

Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon Season