MLH Official - Spring 2016


SteelHacks is an MLH member event hosted at the University of Pittsburgh, through the Department of Computer Science, for students at colleges & universities across the US who are passionate about getting their hands dirty using technology and design.

Last year was the first incarnation of SteelHacks. Students from around the Pittsburgh region came together to make cool stuff for the sake of making cool stuff.

Announcements here!


Friday, Feb 19th

  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Welcome & Registration

    Arrive at the William Pitt Union and sign in to the hackathon! Be sure to bring a student ID with you.

  • 7:00pm - 7:50pm

    Opening Ceremony

    Learn about the event, the timeline, and the rules.

  • 8:00pm

    Git Hacking!

    Start making cool stuff.

  • 8:00pm

    Team Formation

    Find a team!

  • 8:30pm


Saturday, Feb 20th

  • 9:00am


  • 12:00pm


  • 3:00 - 4:00pm

    Tech Talk by Tata Consultancy Services

  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Women in Tech Meetup: Sponsored by Bossa Nova

    Interact with other amazing women in tech and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a talk by Jodi Forlizzi from CMU's Human-Computer Interaction Institute!

  • 5:30pm - 6:15pm

    Tech Talk: Powered by Expii

    Learn about React in this talk by the Robert Kotcher from Expii!

  • 6:30pm


Sunday, Feb 21st

  • 7:00am


  • 8:00am

    Hacking ends

    All code must be written and all wires must be wired at this point.

  • 8:15am - 9:15am


    Present your hacks in a science fair style expo.

  • 9:30am - 10:15am

    Closing Ceremony

    The top seven teams will present their hacks, and the judges will pick the final winners.


What's the WiFi info?
SSID: SteelHacks Password: St33lH@cks02
Who can attend SteelHacks?
Any undergraduate or graduate student at any college in the world! Non-Pitt college undergraduate students must be at least 18 years old. Unfortunately, high school students can’t attend this year.
Does this cost money?
Not at all! In fact, we pay for all your meals and provide you with all the hardware and help you need at any time for free.
Where will SteelHacks be held?
SteelHacks 2016 will occur at Pitt's William Pitt Union, right in the middle of campus.
I can't register anymore!
Don't panic! Shoot an email to and we'll try to sort it out.
Where will I sleep?
If you're a Pitt student, you can sleep in your residence hall/apartment. For non-Pitt students, the venue will have designated sleeping places.
I missed the confirmation deadline! Can I still come?
Send us an email to, and we'll see if we can find you a spot!
How do I get there?
If you're coming from out-of-state, we unfortunately cannot offer any travel reimbursement at this time. Students at any university in Pittsburgh can simply take a Port Authority bus straight to the event, so that's simple.
How do teams work?
Teams can consist of up to 4 people, though you can have any amount less than that as well.
Since I'm traveling from far away, can I get an increase in reimbursement?
Travel reimbursements are still being worked on, but email us at for any questions regarding reimbursement.
What is the code of conduct for this event?
All participants of SteelHacks 2016 will be required to follow the MLH code of conduct that can be found here.
What is my registration used for?
We participate in Major League Hacking (MLH) as a MLH Member Event. You authorize us to share certain application/registration information for event administration, ranking, MLH administration, and occasional messages about hackathons in line with the MLH Privacy Policy.
What if the FAQ didn't answer my question?
You can tweet it at us @SteelHacks, or email us at!