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(Tuesday, June 29th at 12 PM EST - Wednesday, June 29th at 12 PM 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.  

Hackathon Sponsors


Create a Useless Invention Hack

Create a hack for a totally useless or silly invention. The more useless and silly, the better

Connect Two APIs Together

Using APIs opens a ton of functionality you can add to any hack. For this challenge, we just want you to connect any two APIs together

Build a Data Visualization

Data science is one of the fastest growing fields in tech. There are so many different ways to visualize data. It can be as simple as a graph or as complex as a piece of art.

Explore Blockchain Technology

Do you want to prepare for the new season while getting your blockchain skills in tip-top shape?

Explore Hardware (Emulators Welcome!)

Whether or not you have hardware at home, we want you to explore a hardware hack. Check out an emulator or use hardware you have around your house.

Create a Hack to Help you Travel

As we get closer to a time where travel will be possible again, get ready to travel by creating a hack that can help you. Some ideas include flight searchers, packing list apps, or maps of popular places to visit

Download Jina and build one of their ‘Hello World’ projects

From an image search application, to a Jina powered chatbot, checking out Jina’s demo projects is a fun way to get started with Jina AI. With step by step instructions, it’s even easier to build an AI powered application and earn points for your guild! Don’t search for how to submit, submit your project by heading to our Day 3 Devpost.

Build Something with React

React is a popular way to build interactive UIs. Try using it or adding it to an existing project.

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.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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