What is the MLH Top 50?

Each year Major League Hacking (MLH) works with 150,000+ hackers, in our mission to empower hackers. This year 1 in 3 graduating CS students in the US, are alumni of our programs. Internationally, our footprint is similarly large, we've helped organizers host events on every continent— yes, even Antartica!

The MLH Top 50 spotlights the unique stories and meaningful contributions of hackers within our community. Members of the MLH Top 50 have a broad variety of backgrounds, experiences, and stories, but each makes our community stronger.

Whether it's hackers like Anita Yip, who has attended over 100 events, each time forming a new team, often with beginners, helping them grow, or like Ashwin Kumar Uppala who built his own hacker community in Hyderabad from the ground up, these hackers have stood out in the ways they serve and strengthen the community.

Happy Hacking,

CEO, Major League Hacking (MLH)

Fun Facts
The MLH Top 50 includes everyone from high school hackers to people who learned skills in our community and today are back as sponsors.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is MLH?

Major League Hacking is the official student hackathon league. Each year, we power nearly 2,000 invention competitions that inspire innovation, cultivate communities and teach computer science skills to more than 100,000 students around the world. MLH is an engaged and passionate maker community, consisting of the next generation of technology leaders and entrepreneurs.

What is a hacker?

A hacker is anyone who has an interest in technology, who attends hackathons, and has in their own time, learned and built projects and inventions. You don’t have to be a programmer and you certainly don’t have to be majoring in Computer Science.

How were the MLH Top 50 hackers chosen?

The MLH Top 50 hackers of 2020 were nominated by community members such as yourself. After being reviewed by the MLH Team, we selected a small sample of stories we felt would inspire our community. This could’ve been because of a cool project they made, an event they organized, a club they created, or the impact they had on other hackers.

How can I be considered for next year's MLH Top 50 hackers list?

Our next nomination cycle will open up later this year. If you are interested in being considered for our next group of MLH Top 50 hackers, read the instructions on this page.

How can I contact these hackers?

Many of the hackers are currently looking for jobs & internships. If you are interested in having one of these amazing hackers in your organization, you can email us with the name of the hacker(s) you would like an introduction to and we can help with next steps.

Can my company offer some benefit to the Top 50?

Yes! The MLH Top 50 are hackers at heart who love to build things and make a positive impact on the world around them. We'd love your company's help rewarding them for all the amazing work they did last year. This could be in the form of a discount, freebie, special offer, or anythig else you come up with. If you're interest, just drop us an email and we'll work through the details.