MHacks: 1,200 Students Rev Up the Motor City for the Midwest's Largest Hackathon

The best hackathons are those that embody the true spirit of a hackathon -- learning new things, meeting new people, having fun, and if you're really lucky, building something cool. Earlier this month I took part in an event that had all of those ingredients and more -- MHacks in Detroit, Michigan. Over 1,200 college students came to the 36 hour hackathon, hailing from as far south as Florida, and north as Canada.

The Mashery developer evangelist team was on the ground all weekend long helping students reach the finish line. At the end of the event, an astounding 249 apps were submitted, including mobile, web, desktop and hardware hacks. A number of teams got hands-on with some Intel technology, including Mashery Network APIs and the Intel XDK. Here are just a couple of the apps that used the Intel XDK:


  • Social by Zak Nasser from the University of Michigan — an app for discovering Facebook events from friends and friends-of-friends. Zak used the Intel XDK along with AngularJS to build a slick mobile app, using only HTML5 and JavaScript. Watch his demo here.
  • Get Stuff Done by Alfred Shaker, Sandeep Vutla and Elizabeth Whetstone from Kent State University. The team built an app that helps friends motivate one another to stay on top of their tasks -- to gamify their busy schedules. But moreover, the team wanted to learn how to build their first mobile app. They used the Intel XDK for visual design, code development and testing. Watch their demo here.

For the complete MHacks blog recap packed with pictures and videos, click here.