Major League Hacking 2021 Hackathon Season


Tartanhacks is the largest hackathon at CMU! Organized by ScottyLabs, it's a hackathon where, in 36 hours, participants from all over the country work in groups to create innovative projects. This year, Tartanhacks will be held online, so come on over to hack, learn new concepts through our virtual workshops, and meet other hackers!


Here are some of the prizes we'll be offering!

Scott Krulcik Grand Prize

Receive $2000 for the team, $5000 of Oracle credits per team member, 4 x 1 year subscription for The Codex, 4 x 1 year subscription for Wolfram|One, and tickets to Pinnacle 2021!

Design for America Award*

Receive $1000 in funds to support your project and a chance to participate in Impact CMU showcase.

* Only Carnegie Mellon University teams are eligible

Best Throwback Hack

Receive Sketch licenses for each member!

Azure Champ Prize: Hack for Good

Recieve $1,000 to be donated to an approved charity of your choice, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and LinkedIn Learning membership!

Best Use of a Public Dataset

Win HRT branded Beats Headphones per team member!

Best Safe and Healthy Lifestyle Hack

Win 4 wireless earbuds per team!

Best Community Hack

Win a Portal Mini device per team member!

Best Hack to Solve an Inequality Crisis

Win a $100 Wayfair digital gift card per team member!

Best Financial Hack

Win a $200 Amazon gift card per team member!

Best Domain Registered with

Win a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger and backpack per team member!

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key

Win a Grove Beginner Kit per team member!

Best Use of DataStax Astra

Win Blue Snowball Microphones!

Best Use of Google Cloud

Win a Google branded Parkland Academy backpack!

Best Use of Google Cloud

Win a Google Cloud branded backpack and Google Cloud goodie bags per team member!

Most Futuristic Hack

Win a Holy Stone drone with HD camera per team member!

AR/VR Hack

Receive a 3 Month Business Plan and a $50 Amazon gift card for the team!

The Spiciest Meme Award

Win "What do you Meme?" card game!

First Penguin Award

Win super cute penguin plushies!


Meet our speakers!


Amy is an engineer at the US Digital Service and attended Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science, where she founded ScottyLabs and TartanHacks.


Guillermo is the Head of DevRel and responsible for crafting a vision for Oracle Developers at a global scale and is the former co-founder of


Nita is the Founder of Miss CEO, a Lecturer in the School of Engineering at Stanford University, and an Instructor at Stanford Continuing Studies.



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Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education
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Assistant Teaching Professor
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Check-in Items

Make sure to tick off these check-in items over the course of the weekend. Players on the top of the leaderboard will receive a special prize at the end of the hackathon 👀


Nothing. TartanHacks is free for all undergraduate students!

Yes! All undergradauate majors and programs, even if they aren't technical, are welcome at TartanHacks. We have slides from a series of web development workshops online that you can use to brush up your skills! We'll also have some workshops during the event so you can get started with new frameworks.

Yes! We welcome students of all skill levels to participate. First-year students and first-time hackers have always been part of TartanHacks; we would love to see you at the event! Some prizes will also be specific for beginner hackers.

Unfortunately, graduate students cannot participate. TartanHacks is currently limited to undergraduate students only.

Yes! Anyone with an educational email address can sign up on the registration system.

You have to sign up as an individual for the event, and we'll have you specify your team later on. Don't worry, if you already have a team chosen you'll still be able to work with them during event.

Absolutely! We'll have a team mixer after the opening ceremony to help you meet new hackers.

Up to 4 people are allowed.

There are 3 states you can be in.
1. Submitted. You have submitted your application, but we haven't accepted you yet. Don't worry though; we are doing acceptances in waves, i.e. one wave each day, up until early Friday morning.
2. Admitted. We have accepted your TartanHacks application! The final step is to click 'Confirm Your Spot' and fill out the form.
3. Confirmed. All you need to do is show up on Friday at 6PM for check in! Your spot in TartanHacks is confirmed.

We expect that everyone who registers can get in. However, sometimes more hackers sign up than we can admit. Once registration closes, hackers are accepted on a rolling basis. You will be notified via email about your registration status.

Hackers are accepted individually, so we are unable to guarantee that all members of your team will get in. However, if they're on the waitlist, there's still hope! See the next question.

We will be letting hackers off the waitlist on a first-come, first-serve basis on the day of the event. Historically, many people have gotten off the waitlist.

Hardware hacks are certainly allowed! We don't restrict projects to software, though you will need to bring your own hardware/materials.

We will have a team of student and corporate mentors on hand who are experts in many common technologies. They'll be able to answer your questions, help you debug, and get you set up with new frameworks. They can't make your project for you, but they are always there to help!

TartanHacks is run by ScottyLabs, a student organization at Carnegie Mellon University that develops apps for CMU and runs educational events, like TartanHacks. ScottyLabs isn't affiliated with any academic department, and all of our funding comes from corporate sponsors.