Please note, not all challenges are submitted on Devpost. If you don't see the challenge you're submitting for here, check the live site and your inbox to see where you should claim your points. 

What is INIT 2022? 

INIT is a celebration for the start of Major League Hacking's 2022 Hackathon Season, running from June 27 through July 5th! While this is the first time we are running INIT, the format will feel familiar to those who have participated in Local Hack Day. You can expect to complete challenges, hear about BIG community announcements, chat at hacker hangouts, enjoy fun live sessions, and make new memories (and memes).

We will be bringing back all of your favorite features of MLH events such as Local Hack Day style challenges, live technical sessions with MLHers, mini-events galore, and some cool content from our partners! Here’s a sneak peek:

  • Lots of exciting 2022 Season announcements
  • Beginner-friendly workshops
  • Challenges for all difficulty levels and all topics such as design, social, technical, entrepreneurial
  • Hacker-run guilds and leaderboards
  • Panels and talks from friends of MLH and our partners
  • Live sessions run by MLHers
  • And maybe an appearance from Totally Not Ryan (TNR)

Can I get swag at this event?

Yes, of course! INIT 2022 will be the first opportunity of the 2022 Hackathon Season to get swag and it will even include our new season mascot… You’ll have to participate to find out!

 What is a Guild? How can I be a part of it?

One of the best parts of our community is that it allows people to meet and make connections with others, regardless of where you live. guilds are smaller communities within Major League Hacking. Whether you come in with a guild or not, you won’t be hacking alone. 


Your challenge submission must be completed within the submission period(Friday, July 2nd at 12 PM EST - Monday, July 5 at 3 AM EST

Your code must be available in some sort of public repository. 

If you're continuing work on an old project, you MUST specify in your Devpost what was worked on 1) before this day one of INIT 2022 and 2) during day day of INIT 2022.  

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Create the Most Annoying Alarm Clock

Ring, ring! It’s time to get ready for the 2022 Hackathon Season! Create an application that wakes you up in the most annoying (but effective!) way possible.

Create a Productivity Hack

Create a hack that helps you stay productive! You could build a chrome extension that blocks distractions, a device that locks your phone while you need to work, or any other hack to help you stay on track this season.

Create a Database

We’ve seen tons of cool ways people use databases to track things they do. Pick out a hobby of yours that could be tracked (watching movies, taking walks, trying new recipes) and set up a database to store these.

Make a Mobile App

Get mobile this weekend! Try creating a mobile app (or turning one of your existing hacks into a mobile app)

Use Web Scraping

Learning how to web scrape opens a ton of opportunities for future projects you might make this season. Use web scraping to gather information from sites and submit here.

Make an Online White Board

Collaborating with other hackers is one of the most valuable parts of this community. Create an online white board that will allow you to brainstorm, work out problems, and even draw mockups with other people remotely!

Create a Browser Extension

Many of us have browser extensions we rely on. Make one of your own to help make your web-surfing experience better

Build with a Starter Pack

Did you know we have Hackathon Starter Kits to help you get up and hacking with new tools as quickly as possible? Pick one out, follow the tutorial, and submit your hack

Explore a Buzzword Topic

Interested in Big Data? Blockchain? Artificial Intelligence? Explore any of these or any other “buzzword.” You can watch tutorials, follow guides, or build projects - it’s totally up to you and as long as you learn something about buzzword topics, it counts! Head to the Weekend Devpost to tell us about what you learned - the “project” you submit doesn’t need to be code here - it could just be a few paragraphs about what you learned.

Hack with another Hacker

Spend some time this weekend working with another hacker. We can learn so much when we see other individual’s workflows. Do a pair programming or design session, but submit what you worked on separately on the Weekend Devpost!

Explore a new Language

Pick up a new programming language to use throughout this next season. You can translate one of your existing projects into it, or even just learn how to say hello, world!

Make a To-Do application

We asked you to make a 2022 season to-do list towards the beginning of the week, so naturally, we thought you should make a way to track your progress. Create any hack to help you keep track of items you’ve completed.

Try a Technology you’ve been intimidated by

We all have pieces of tech that we’re intimidated to try out. It might be open source, blockchain, cryptology, artificial intelligence…the list goes on and on for me! The best way to conquer this fear is by trial and error. Attempt to use any technology that you’ve always wanted to but have been too scared to and tell us about what you learned.

Create a Health Hack

Create a hack to help yourself or other folks stay healthy. This could be a step counter, water tracker, database with healthy recipes, or an application that tracks symptoms.

Build and host a game on Replit using Kaboom.js

Kaboom.js is an awesome way to put your JavaScript skills to work on developing Video Games directly in your browser. Replit even has some amazing sample applications that will help bring your ideas to life in no time at all.

Build a Machine Learning Hack using Jina!

Jina is an open source neural search framework that makes building AI-powered applications even easier for hackers. Create chatbots, predictive text, facial & voice recognition and so much more! Check out Jina’s GitHub Repo to get started! Submit on our Weekend Devpost.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Major League Hacking

Major League Hacking

Judging Criteria

  • None
    INIT 2022 is a kick off event to the 2022 Hackathon season. Instead of judging projects and awarding prizes, we are giving out points to hackers who complete these challenges.

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