MLH Official - Spring 2016

April 2-3, 2016

Performing Arts Center - Allen, TX

About EagleHacks

EagleHacks is DFW's first mix match hackathon & startup competition for high school students. We invite students to Dallas for one weekend for an experience that mashes together building, making, hacking and bootstrapping a company. Over 24 hours, 300 participants will build and design products, create business models or pitch, and ultimately compete in front of a panel of developers, designers, and investors for prizes and opportunities. Participants must follow the MLH Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct can also be found on the MLH home page.

What is EagleHacks?

24h of hacking

Do you have a project you've wanted to code, but haven't had enough time? Now you have the chance to dedicate 24 hours on this project. You can only be judged on what you wrote within these 24 hours

Meet fellow hackers!

You have the opportunity to meet fellow programmers from all over the world, exchange your knowledge and possibly find your future business partner, with whom you could found your first start-up.

Prizes and Freebies

Thanks to our sponsors, you will have the chance to win a variety of awesome prizes. Even if you don't win, we can promise that you won't leave empty handed!

Career Opportunities

Learn about personal job experiences through some of the engineers and recruiters of our sponsors. Who knows, maybe you could set up an interview!

Where Does EagleHacks Take Place?

EagleHacks takes place at the Performing Arts Center in Allen, Texas; home of the Allen Eagle Football Team!

Judges & Speakers Meet the Speakers

Howard L. Lim

Locke Lord

Nancy Hong

UNT Innovation

Manjunath Charmani

iStart Valley

Alex Lazaris


Andrew Chen

Monkey King Noodle Company

Brad Bush


Eric Lenington

24x8 LLC

Ken Koo

Bridge Alliance

Chirag Gupta

Nod Coworking

Kevin Harris

The Guild of Software Architects

Ben Davis

Bold Idea

Adam Smith


Michael Chaffin

3 Commas

Schedule of the event

April 2nd, 2016

9AM Check In Lobby
10AM Welcome + Keynotes Cafeteria
11AM Demos Cafeteria
12PM Hacking Begins Band Hall
1PM Lunch Lobby
2PM Workshops Band Hall
7PM Dinner Lobby

April 3rd, 2016

12AM Midnight Snack Band Hall
3AM HypeFest Band Hall
5AM Surprise Lobby
7AM Breakfast Lobby
12PM Lunch & Hacking Ends Lobby
1PM Hack Demo Fair Lobby
2PM Closing Ceremony Auditorium
3PM Hackathon Ends Auditorium

FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

We know you will have questions so we put the answers to the most common ones right here.

If you can't find an answer to your question, simply send us an email:

How to sign up?

Simply head to our   Registration Portal   and register there. Tell us why you are amazing and we will hopefully see you in Allen in April! EVERYONE will be accepted!

What is the sign up process?

We want a diverse, creative, and passionate group of hackers at our hackathon. You do not have to have any previous hackathon experience. We will ask a variety of questions to get to know a little bit about you.

I'm not a student anymore. Can I signup?

This hackathon is open to everyone, whether you are a student or not.

What is this hackathon you speak of?

A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is an event in which computer programmers and entrepreneurs collaborate to develope and design software projects.

What should I hack?

Anything that you are passionate about. Don't worry about coming with idea or team in advance. You will meet great people at the event, and then you can come up with an idea together!

What do you mean by "hack"?

It's just a bunch of people getting together and creating awesome programs. Nothing like the Defcon convention which is specifically for the purpose of hacking into computers.

But I don't know how to program.

We will have a bunch of workshops aimed to help inexperienced people learn a few lines of code. Plus, you can talk to the awesome people attending to learn more.

How do I get to EagleHacks?

EagleHacks will take place at the Allen Performing Arts Center in, Texas. Dallas has its own airport with flights from all over the world. The cities Austin and Houston are very close with frequent train and bus connections. Once you arrive in Dallas you can follow the instructions here: How to get to the Allen Performing Arts Center

How much does it cost?

Standard Tickets are $20. VIP Tickets are $35. Perks of VIP Tickets: Front Row seat at Ceremonies, front of meal lines, exlusive VIP swag, VIP sticker pack, and unlimited bragging rights. VIP Tickets are for professionals interested in competing in EagleHacks. A professional is anyone who is not a student enrolled in a university, college, or high school. Get your tickets here! You will be able to receive some money for travel. Eaglehacks is made possible by you and our sponsors. Interested in sponsoring?

Who organizes EagleHacks?

EagleHacks was founded and is organized by students of Allen High School. You can see the whole team and their contacts in our   Team section .

Is there a theme?

EagleHacks does not have an overall theme, meaning you can qualify with any project that you code within the 24 hours to win the main prize. However, there will be some separate prizes that will have a theme. These themes will be announced at the event.

The Team Meet the Organizers

EagleHacks is organized by a diverse and cross-disciplinary team of high school students.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or issues regarding the event.

Bobby Thakkar


Zack Farrington

Web Designer

Emily Chen


Nimit Karla