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 Global Hack Week: INIT 2023?

INIT is a celebration for the start of the 2023 Hackathon Season! You can expect to complete challenges, hear about BIG community announcements, chat at hacker hangouts, enjoy fun live sessions, build technical projects, and make new memories.

You are in for an adventure featuring workshops, fun mini-events, challenges, panels, and more. These will help you to earn experience points no matter what level of hacking you are at, whether it’s writing your first lines of code or creating a multi-faceted project.

We'll have challenges, live technical sessions with MLHers, mini-events galore, and some cool content from our partners! Here’s a sneak peek:

  • Beginner-friendly workshops

  • Challenges for all difficulty levels and all topics such as design, social, technical, entrepreneurial

  • Hacker-run guilds

  • 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! GHW: INIT will feature some amazing 2023 Hackathon Season swag…you’ll have to participate to find out exactly what you’re getting! 

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.

Who organized Global Hack Week?

Global Hack Week is organized by Major League Hacking (MLH). It is our mission to empower hackers worldwide by providing them with the tools, resources, and opportunities they need to succeed. 


Your challenge submission must be completed within the submission period.

When relevent, 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 of Global Hack Week: INIT 2023 and 2) during this day of Global Hack Week: INIT 2023.  

Hackathon Sponsors


Build a Linux Desktop in the Cloud!

Have you ever wanted a desktop that you could access across any machine in the world? Using Linode's remote desktop tutorial, learn how to build your very own Linux desktop in the cloud. Make sure to submit your finished project on our day of devpost.

Learn about web apps and webhooks.

In Day 4, you will create a new web application and set it up to receive webhooks from Twilio. Don't forget to submit your code to our Day-Of Devpost!

Create an Amazon Alexa Application

Automate your life through amazon alexa actions! Join in our live session or create your own and show it off on Devpost.

Try out Generative Art

Generative art continues to become more and more popular, so we want you to try it out yourself. Create any piece of art with technology and show it off on Devpost.

Instrument Emulator

Throughout the pandemic, so many people around the world have taken to music to fill the time. Create a way for someone to enjoy playing music online. You could create a digital piano, guitar, or any other instrument you enjoy. “Submit to Devpost?” That’s music to our ears.

Create a Financial Hack

Whether you’re tackling budgeting for college students or financial modeling for stock markets, we want to see you create something inspired by finance. The great news is, submitting on the Day 4 Devpost is completely free!

Build a Wordle clone in as little as 15 minutes!

Wordle is a great game to pass the time, challenge yourself and have fun. Now you can use React.JS to build your own Wordle clone, customize your word list and deploy it to the cloud! Learn more by watching this video tutorial [ ]. Share your Linode enabled project to our day-of Devpost.

Get started with DeSo!

Curious about blockchain development? DeSo is a great way to get started. Simply sign up for a DiamondApp account and submit your first post to the platform. We’ve got a getting started guide for you to use along with the DeSo Developer Hub! Make sure you take a screenshot of your post. Share the GitHub Repository of your code to our day-of Devpost page.

Build your own Social Media application on DeSo!

DeSo is the first blockchain built specifically to support Social Media applications. Checkout the DeSo Developer Hub for all of the available API calls you can use to build your very own crypto-powered social media application! Don't forget to submit your code to our day-of Devpost page.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Major League Hacking

Major League Hacking

Judging Criteria

  • None

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