CS 1240 @ University of Wisconsin, Madison

8:30 am - 10:00 pm, April 7th 2018


MadHacks is the University of Wisconsin's twice-annual hackathon, bringing together participants from all over the US for 24 hours of hacking. Unlike other hackathons, MadHacks is going to be putting emphasis on the wacky, the original, and the downright impossible!


This spring, we will be having a 12 hours, beginner-friendly mini-hackathon that give new hackers a glimpse into what hackathons are like. Although it is a shorter hackathon, we will still be having mentors, workshops and prizes!


What’s a hackathon?

Hackathon is an event where students gather together to work on a software or hardware project. MadHacks Spring 2018 will be a 12 hours hackathon. If this is your first time attending, check out our hackathon veteran Spencer’s medium post on How to Do Hackathons.

Do I need a team?

We encourage students to work with a team of 2 - 4 people but you can work individually as well. If you don't have a team yet, there will be a team formation after the opening ceremony. If you want to find a team before the event, join the #team-formation slack channel.

Who can participate?

We welcome all Madison area undergraduate and graduate students of all backgrounds. You don’t need to be a Computer Science or Engineering major to attend. If you don't know how to code, we will have workshops throughout the day to teach you how to code!

What do I need to bring?

You need to bring a photo ID to check in. You should also bring a laptop, chargers, and anything else you will need for a 12 hours hackathon.

How much does it cost to attend?

Admission to MadHacks is completely free. We will also be providing breakfast, lunch and dinner! There will also be workshops and activities throughout the event.

What else do I need to know?

Please review the MLH Code of Conduct. Please also be aware that by attending this event, you agree to the MLH Data Sharing Notice: MLH Contest Terms and Conditions and the MLH Privacy Policy

Where and When?

MadHacks Mini will be on April 7th from 9:00 am to 10:30 pm at Computer Science Room 1240. Check-in will start at 8:30 am. If you want to volunteer on the day of the event, please fill out this form.

Will there be any prizes?

Yes! Stay tuned for more details about the prizes.

Still have questions?

You can contact us if you still have any questions.


  • 08:30am: Check in
  • 09:00am: Opening Ceremony
  • 09:15am: Hacking begins + Team formation
  • 01:00pm: Lunch
  • 06:00pm: Dinner
  • 08:30pm: Hacking Ends + Submission Begins
  • 09:00pm: Judging Begins
  • 10:00pm: Closing Ceremony


1. Web development basics

Speaker: STS Trainer

Time: TBD

If you are planning on making a website, this workshop is for you! We will be working with the Software Traning for Students (STS) to bring a workshop to teach hackers the basics of html, css, javascript and more. Stay tuned for more details about this workshop.

2. Build IOS and Android apps

Speaker: TBD

Time: TBD

Ever wonder how to build a cool mobile app? If you do, this workshop is for you! We will be having a workshop to teach students how to build ios and android apps. Stay tuned for more details about the speaker!

3. Backend Web Development using Node.js

Speaker: Spencer Fricke

Time: TBD

If you want to learn how backend development works, this workshop is for you! Node.js is an open-source project that can run javascript codes on the server-side. Make sure you have npm and node installed before the workshop.
Installation details can be found here. If you have troubles installing, feel free to ask for help in the slack channel.

4. Bitcoin and Blockchains 101

Speaker: Sid Ramesh, Advisor to Badger Blockchain

Time: TBD

If you are interested in learning the history and the future of bitcoins, as well as the technologies that power behind bitcoin, this workshop is for you! Sid Ramesh is the president of Badger Blockchain and will be giving a tech talk on this topic! Stay tuned for more details!
More Information about Badger Blockchain can be found here

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The Team

Matthew Parker
Admission Coordinator

Benjamin Yin

Muhamad Firdaus Husaini
Volunteer Coordinator

Abujet Dalvi