Major League Hacking 2021 Hackathon Season

About DivHacks

DivHacks is Columbia University's premier student-led annual diversity hackathon. DivHacks was founded in the spring of 2017 as a collaboration between three student tech organizations at Columbia University to promote diversity in computer science, specifically gender and racial diversity. Over the past four years, DivHacks has welcomed attendees from all over the tri-state area.

We strive to create an empowering and inspirational space for students who are historically underrepresented in the tech industry, addressing the systemic exclusion and erasure of those who exist outside the standard definition of what it means to be a computer scientist. Our goal is an experience that not only reimagines what diversity should look like in the tech industry but gives students the tools to use technology to implement change.

  • Priority Admision Deadline: September 1st, 2020
  • Regular Admision Deadline: October 1st, 2020
  • Rolling Admission: until October 14th or whenever spaces fill
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Rethinking Public Health

How can we lessen racial inequality in the healthcare system?

How can we create more affordable and accessible healthcare systems?

How is COVID-19 impacting public health? Who is being most affected by COVID-19?

How can we use technology to detect and resolve health issues?

Creating Inclusive Education

Now that education has become almost completely remote, how do we ensure it is accessible to all students?

How can we make online learning interactive and engaging?

How can we assist parents in homeschooling their children?

How can we mitigate inequalities in the college admissions process?

Planning Urban Spaces

How do we deal with growing populations in cities?

How can we address urban living’s negative impact on the environment?

How can we make the city’s resources more accessible to residents?

How can we make a city’s public transportation easier and more reliable?

Engaging the Community

How can we mobilize voters in local or national elections?

How can we disseminate information effectively and accurately in our communities?

What types of tools can we create to facilitate local activism?

How can we spread empathy and understanding?


Schedule up to date as of Thursday October 22nd. All time are in ET

Friday, October 23rd

3:00PM  Tech Talk: GTS on High-Performance Technologies in Electronic Options Trading
5:00PM  Tech talk: Play Spotify
7:00PM  Kick-off Ceremony and Keynote
8:00PM  Team Formation Event
8:30PM  Hacking begins
10:30PM  Workshop: Introduction to Git
12:00AM  Take a Break: Games

Saturday, October 24th

1:00AM  Workshop: Super Late Introduction to Python
9:00AM  Day 2 Officially Begins!
10:00AM  Workshop: Make a Simple Game in Unity
10:00AM-12:00AM  Pinterest Office Hours
11:00AM  Workshop: React
11:00AM-12:00AM  Spotify Office Hours
12:00PM  Sponsor Workshop: echoAR on How to Build a Cloud-Connected AR/VR App in 15 Minutes or Less
1:00PM  Workshop: Introduction to Data Science
2:00PM  Sponsor Workshop: Design Justice
3:00PM  Panel: Start-Up/ Entrepreneurship
3:00PM-5:00PM  GTS Office Hours
5:00PM  Panel: User Interface/User Experience
6:00PM  Panel: Product Management
6:00PM  Panel: Software Engineering
7:00PM  Panel: Information Security
8:00PM  Panel: Information Security
8:00PM  Workshop: Create your first Android App
9:00PM  MLH Workshop: Cyber
9:30PM  Take a Break with MLH: MS Paint Bob Ross

Sunday, October 25th

9:00AM  Submissions Due on DevPost!
10:30AM  Hacker Presentations and Judging
12:30PM  Winners Announced
1:00PM  Closing Ceremony

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hackathon?

Our hackathon is an awesome weekend long event where people come together to design something new and bring it to life! There will be lots of learning and workshops, fun games, speakers, and prizes for you to enjoy throughout the weekend!

Who can attend DivHacks?

DivHacks welcomes anyone who is currently a college student, both undergraduate or graduate! We are trying to provide a safe and empowering space for students who identify as part of an underrepresented group in tech, but we welcome everyone who feels they would benefit from this type of space! If you feel this hackathon in not right for you as a hacker, but you would like to participate in some other way as a mentor, workshop leader, or volunteer, please contact us!

Do I need prior experience?

Not at all! You do not have to have any experience or even be a CS major. DivHacks welcomes people of all skill levels, and that includes those who are interested in learning. Throughout the hackathon, there will be workshops aimed towards beginners in different areas including workshops for those with no prior programming experience at all. This year, we especially hope to focus on creating tracks that even people without any experience can leave the event with a project!

What does it mean to be a virtual hackathon?

We are working on making the hackathons as interactive as possible this year! We will be sending updates on what this will look like exactly!

Do I need a team to sign up?

You do not need to have a team or idea in mind before signing up for DivHacks! If you have a team already, that's great! Please indicate that on your form. Teams can be a maximum of 4 people. This year to support virtual team building, we will also provide the option to have us pair you up with a team before the event so you can come to the event already knowing you have a group of people to work with. We will also host a team building event if you prefer to find people independently!

Will there be food and swag?

We will be shipping some fun secret 2D swag to all participants with a US mailing address who submit a project! We cannot currently guarantee 3D swag or food, but are working with sponsors to get these hackathon classics to you!

Do I have to submit a project?

No, feel free to come to attend workshops, hang out with other hackers, and listen to speakers. You will need to submit a project to receive swag, however!

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