What is the MLH Top 50?
A letter from our CEO

Attending my first hackathon changed my life. I realized that technology was the future and that the people participating in hackathons were the ones writing that future. Three years later, Jon and I founded Major League Hacking (MLH) to bring the same life-changing experiences we had to technologists worldwide.

Today my story is no longer unique. In 2019 alone, we empowered nearly 100,000 technologists across 1,200 global events. They learned the skills and built the connections that will shape our collective future. You don’t have to take my word for it though, they’ll tell you themselves with quotes like these:

"MLH & hackathons helped me become a better engineer than any internship or schooling could.” – Brandon Barker

"I don't know if I would have even stayed in college if not for hackathons and this community." – Kat O’Leary

“Joining the MLH community taught me skills that set me apart from my peers and directly led to landing an amazing job at Microsoft!” – Emily Huang

"Hackathons not only changed my life, but also those who come out every weekend. For that I am forever grateful to the entire MLH team." – Kenneth Morales

We launched the MLH Top 50 to help share a small sampling of the stories like these that inspired us last year. It’s our hope that their stories inspire you too and help you understand just how impactful the work we do every day is. We also hope that their stories can inspire millions of future technologists who haven’t experienced the life-changing magic of the MLH community yet.

Congratulations to MLH’s Top 50 Hackers of 2020 and thanks to all the community members who nominated this amazing group of people to be recognized. This is clearly just the tip of the iceberg. I look forward to helping share more stories like these in the coming year.

Happy Hacking,

CEO, Major League Hacking (MLH)

Fun Facts
Of the apps that our top hackers said they couldn’t live without, over 10% of hackers said YouTube. Google and its various apps were mentioned by 26%. Other notable mentions are Notion, GitHub, Spotify, and Slack.

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 hire these hackers?

More than 60% of the MLH Top 50 are currently looking for jobs & internships. On their profiles you may see a “HIRE ME” button, which means they are a part of this group. If you are interested in having one of these amazing hackers in your organization, clicking that button will automatically put you in contact with the MLH team to help.

Alternatively, 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.