The State of the League (2018)

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August 26, 2018

The State of the League (2018)

These are the slides that I presented during the keynote address of MLH Hackcon VI.

This is going to be a HUGE year for hackers. Join me as I walk through everything the MLH community has achieved in the last year and lay the path forward for all we can achieve together in the coming one. This annual address serves as Major League Hacking's B-Corp Impact Report.



August 26, 2018


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    They call me Swift. Here are some fun facts about

 ! CEO & Co-Founder of Major League Hacking. ! Aspiring lawyer who became a software engineer instead. ! I’ve been empowering developers, designers, & makers at hackathons for 9 years now. @SwiftAlphaOne
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    We won’t experience 100 years of progress in the 21st

    century — it will be more like 20,000 years of progress at today’s rate. “ ” Ray Kurzweil
 Director of Engineering, Google
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    10x Enrollment at Coding Bootcamps has grown Source: 2017 Course

    Report Coding Bootcamp Market Size Study
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    Giving students iPads or allowing them to film homework assignments

    on YouTube prepares them for a high-tech economy about as much as playing with Hot Wheels would prepare them to thrive as auto mechanics. “ ” Cal Newport
 Professor, Georgetown University
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    84% I gain skills at hackathons that I am not

    getting in the classroom. Source: 2018 MLH Season Survey “ ”
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    As a community, we are stronger As a community, we

    are smarter
 As a community, we are faster As a community, we are more diverse As a community, we are
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    50% more diverse than an average C.S. class! Source: 2018

    National Center for Education Statistics Survey
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    Our mission is so important to us, that we made

    it part of our company’s DNA. This year, we took the final step & became 
 Major League Hacking, PBC.
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    ORGANIZER PEER GROUPS Introducing MLH Meet and work with other

    hackathon organizers in the MLH community to tackle challenges together.
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    FINISH LINE FUND! Introducing the MLH Sometimes organizers need the

    extra push to get over the fundraising finish line. MLH will be awarding grants up to $2,500 to promising events that regularly: 1. Participate in peer groups 2. Share updates with MLH 3. Mentor & challenge other organizers
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    Girls Make Apps is closing the gender gap in tech

    by providing educational opportunities for girls in Computer Science.
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    Member Hackathon
 Field Support Content 
 Launchpad MLH Localhost

    Facilitators 1 2 3 COACHES PROGRAM We are growing the
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    Thanks, I’m Swift. I hope you enjoyed my talk. As

    a reminder:
 ! You can follow me on Twitter at @SwiftAlphaOne • You can email me at • I’ll be tweeting these slides after the talk and publishing a blog post summary next week!