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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The theme for DivHacks Fall 2020 is "Encoding Justice". Stay tuned for more information about specific tracks and workshops that we will be offering.


This sample schedule is subject to change. Check back for updates!

Friday, October 23rd

6:00PM  Kick-off ceremony and keynote speech
7:00PM  Team formation
8:00PM  Hacking begins, Workshops and Tutorials
10:00PM - 12:00AM  Games and Networking

Saturday, October 24th

9:00AM  Day 2 Kickoff!
9:30AM  Workshops and Tutorials
12:00PM  Lunch and socialize!
1:30PM  Continued hacking, workshops, and/or speakers
10:00PM - 12:00AM  Games and Networking

Sunday, October 25th

10:00AM  Hacks and submissions due!
10:30AM  Hacker Presentations and Judging
1:00PM  Winners announced and prize distribution
1:30PM  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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