Major League Hacking, also known as MLH, is the brain child of Mike Swift formerly of SendGrid and Jonathan Gottfried who worked for Twilio. The event brings students together for hackathons each year.
The MLH event has received a lot of support from sponsors and one of them is Domain.com which has been offering special vouchers to participants for the last two years. The voucher goes a long way to make the event a success as participating students can get domains and hosting at cheaper prices.
The coupon and other extras that come with it allow the students to register domains in .com, .net or .org for free and get hosting services at much cheaper rates. In addition to facilitating domain registration, Domain.com also offers a prize to the most inventive domain name; a bag full of invaluable hacker gear.
You can only attain online success once you have a reliable domain. Domain.com coupons offer MLH participants new domains for free. It also offers hosting at a cheaper price.
A closer look at MLHWhen it started out, MLH was intended to financially support student-run hackathons by North American students at university level. MLH has grown to host over 200 week-long events a year. The events are geared towards spurring innovation, developing communities, and helping over 65,000 students across the globe improve on their hacking skills. MLH has developed into a community of technology lovers who are set to become the innovators and entrepreneurs of the future.
What is a hackathon?The word hackathon is a portmanteau derived from the words, hack and marathon. In this case, the word hack is used to describe investigative programming rather than the more popular description of a form of computer crime.
There are other versions of the event such as hack day, codefest and hackfest. Such events bring together all types of computer experts from computer programmers, project managers, software development experts, graphic designers, subject-matter experts to interface designers in an event where they battle it out to come up with the best software projects.
Hackathons can typically go on for a day or even a week. The main purpose of an event may be social or educational, often with the aim of coming up with a usable software. Every once in a while, the event also features computer hardware.
Hackathons are focused on very specific goals and it could be anything from the operating system, programming language, a special demography of programmers, an API, or an application. However, the event usually allows competitors the freedom to develop software of their choice during the event.
Hackathons started gaining popularity in the mid 2000s, coming to the late 2000s when venture capitalists and companies alike recognized the potential to come up with new technologies fast. The hackathons also provided insight to companies and investors on where to channel their investment. The event has inspired the birth of many companies such as GroupMe, which was founded from a hackathon project at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference of 2010.