Orientation Hackathon (Externship)

This will be your first opportunity to collaborate with the other fellows in your team on a software project and put some of what you’ve been learning into practice! 

You’ll use Git & GitHub best practices to build a project that utilizes at least one of the technologies that your team will be contributing to during the program.

By the end of this session, you should accomplish the following:

  1. Familiarized yourself with at least one of your teams's protential technologies
  2. Practiced collaborating on a project on GitHub using best practices
  3. Expanded your network by collaborating with fellows from your team and Pod



The Orientation Hackathon takes place during your first week of the fellowship. The kickoff will take place at the end of your first Pod meeting and demos will take place at the beginning of your first meeting during your second week.


  • Orientation Hackathon Kickoff – During this event, we’ll reveal your teams of 2-4 fellows.

  • Hacking – Between the end of your orientation hackathon kickoff and the beginning of your hackathon demos, you should be collaborating with your team on your hackathon project.

  • Hackathon Pod Demos – Your pod will come together to show off their projects during a series of live demos on Zoom. Your GPMs will select a winning project from each Pod to move on to the global finals.


You must be an Externship Fellow of the MLH Fellowship (Batch 1) in order to be eligible to participate.

Hackathon Sponsors


Global First Place

Amazon Echo Dot, Digital E Book, Spotify Premium for 1 Month, MLH Season T-Shirt, MLH Fellowship Stickers, Certificate

Global Second Place

Digital E Book, Spotify Premium for 1 Month, MLH Season T-Shirt, MLH Fellowship Stickers, Certificate

Global Third Place

Digital E Book, MLH Season T-Shirt, MLH Fellowship Stickers, Certificate

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Mary Gooneratne

Mary Gooneratne
Duke University

Luke Truitt

Luke Truitt

Judging Criteria

  • Technologies
    Similarity of technologies used to DoD project

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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