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Building Community with Student-Driven Education
Major League Hacking (MLH) is the official student hackathon league that empowers student leaders to run 250 weekend-long hackathons per year hosted at universities and high schools around the world. These hackathons, or invention marathons, are attended annually by more than 70,000 students with mixed technical and non-technical backgrounds. The main goal of a hackathon is to create something new over a limited time period – typically 24-36 hours. Hackathon projects, or ‘hacks’ can come in the form of websites, mobile applications, robots, and more. In partnership with major sponsors, MLH was created as a B-Corp and has grown as a mission driven, student focused community. Jon Gottfried, co-founder of MLH and recent inductee for the Forbes 30 Under 30 Education list, will share lessons learned, strategies, and best practices for project-based learning and community building opportunities led by students and how educators can learn from this grassroots movement.