Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon Season

Workshop Highlights

Designing the User Experience

Hosted by Jason Reynolds from General Assembly

User experience is the key to making a product truly great. No amount of technology or visuals will matter if the experience of using your website or application isn’t simple, intuitive, and enjoyable.
In this workshop participants will learn what a User Experience (UX) Designer does, why it’s a critical role, and get a practical introduction to the field of UX design.

Hack Your Hoodie with RedHat

Hosted by Gina Likins, Red Hatter and open source advocate

Participants will add LEDs to the item of clothing of their choice (which participants will supply), while learning the basics of adding circuits to clothing. Red Hat and SparkFun are supplying all the electronic materials (except the clothing). This intro to wearable electronics workshop will have 2 sessions, with 20 available seats per workshop. We will share the RSVP link closer to the event.

How Apache Storm Is Used to Alert Traders to Real-Time Financial Market Events

Hosted by Zijie Li from Bloomberg

Apache Storm is a free and open source distributed real-time computation system. This talk introduces the basics of Apache Storm and explains the concepts using a word count example. It highlights the Trade Automation Rule Builder application developed by the Bloomberg Execution Management System team, and how we use Apache Storm to evaluate the rules using real-time market data and to trigger alerts.

High School Hacker's Workshop

Hosted by Candace Williams and Iccha Singh from SheHacks Boston Leadership Team

This workshop will be a place for high schoolers to form teams as it may be hard for high school beginners to gel with collegiate hackers. Most importantly, we will be giving hackathon tips & tricks, and hosting a mini brainstorming session for ideation and getting set up. Overall, it will be a space for high school beginners to ease into their first hackathon experience and help them assimilate better into the atmosphere.

iOS Development for Augmented Reality

Hosted by Nina Kominiak from Apple

In this session Apple Consulting Engineer, Nina Kominiak will be discussing Apple tools for development including frameworks that will enable you to build productivity apps to augmented reality apps.

Stealthy Image Manipulation with Python

Hosted by Rebecca Perry from Wayfair

In this workshop, you’ll see how digital images are simply arrays of numbers that you can manipulate in Python like any other data structure. Specifically, we’ll walk through an implementation of the Seam Carving algorithm that stealthily removes the least interesting parts of images.

Hacking Healthcare with Artificial Intelligence

Hosted by Amar Das from IBM

Big Data is ovewhelming the healthcare system, but it is difficult to find actionable insights. We encourage participants to create AI and machine learning solutions that can improve healthcare.

Getting Started with HTML and CSS

Hosted by Shayna Cummings, Director of Women Who Code Boston

In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn how to build a webpage from scratch using HTML and CSS. We'll go through the basics, and provide lots of resources for further learning.
No prior coding experience is necessary.

In addition to these workshops, we will have another 15+ topics with instructors from Google, KAYAK, CBRE, Evertrue, and more!

Panels & Talks

Future Careers in IT Panel Discussion

Hosted by Tracy Schroeder, the BU's VP of IS&T department and steering committee member

A small panel of female technology professionals will describe their career paths and give their perspectives in future career opportunities for women in technology.

Hear it First from Startup Women in Tech

Hosted by Rachel Spekman, the Business Ventures Director at Innovate@BU

Thinking about joining a startup or starting your own startup? Don't miss this opportunity to hear from female BU alumni and affiliates as they share best practices and pitfalls to avoid for starting your own venture.

Women of Color in Tech: B*tch, Better Have My Money & More Stories

Hosted by We Ceremony

Venue Information & Directions


George Sherman Union
775 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

From Logan Airport

Take the MBTA silver line shuttle to South Station.Transfer to the red line and take inbound to Park Street.Transfer to Green line and take the ‘B’ line Outbound towards Boston College, and get off at Boston University Central. Alternatively, you can also order a Uber, Lyft, or other car service to the venue address.

Driving Directions

From the North

Take I-93 South to Boston. After the bridge,take the Storrow Drive/Cambridge exit.Follow Storrow Drive approximately 2 miles to the Kenmore Square exit. Continue to follow the local directions to arrive at venue.

From the South

Washington, DC or NYC, take I-95N to New Haven, CT. Then take I-91N to Hartford, where you will get I-84 East. Follow this to I-90 East,the Massachusetts Turnpike. Continue to follow the local directions to arrive at venue.

From the West

Take the Massachusetts Turnpike(I-90) East to Exit 18, Brighton/Cambridge. Follow the right side of the ramp towards Cambridge. At the bottom of the ramp there will be several traffic lights. Turn right at the hotel onto StorrowDrive. Exit Storrow Drive at the Kenmore Square exit. Continue to follow the local directions to arrive at venue.

Local Directions

From the Kenmore Square exit off Storrow Drive,follow ramp to traffic lights. Turn right on to Beacon Street. At this point, the road will fork. Follow the left side of fork into Kenmore Square and at the second traffic light, bear right for Commonwealth Avenue. The venue will be on the right, at 775 Commonwealth Ave.

Team & Mentor Info


Click below to see who has been assigned your mentor or mentee. We recommend finding your buddy online via Facebook or Slack before the hackathon, so you can get to know each other a bit before the event.

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