Major League Hacking 2020 Hackathon Season


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Why Cubstart?

We provide mentorship for team building, ideation, basic hackathon skills, and technical workshops to encourage those with little or no CS experience to try out hackathons and coding! If you believe you are someone who is passionate about learning and wants to create a hackathon project from start to finish, Cubstart is the place for you.


Through a series of four workshops covering two main tracks - Web Development and iOS Development - attendees will learn about what a hackathon really is as well as develop skills to aid them with building a successful hack.

Workshop 1 • Intro & Orientation • TBD
Welcome to Cubstart! Learn all about what a hackathon is, form a team, and start thinking about ideas to pursue.

Workshop 2 • Diving into Code • TBD
Web Development: Intro to HTML + CSS
iOS Development: Swift crash course + Basic App

Workshop 3 • Styling and Building • TBD
Web Development: Styling with more CSS + JS
iOS Development: Maps tooling and SDK

Workshop 4 • API Day • TBD
Web Development: More JS + small Flask App to call API
iOS Development: Scraping and calling APIs

Cubstart in Numbers




First-time Hackers


Mentor-to-team Ratio

Cubstart in Words

“As someone who basically have no idea what a Hackathon is, the session was really helpful and somewhat inspiring. I really understood what a 'good' idea is and how there is no fixed definition.”


What is Cubstart?

Cubstart is our initiative to introduce the hackathon space to beginners from all backgrounds interested in technology.

What's the time commitment like?

A hackathon is an event where students create tech projects in a collaborative environment. Students begin with an idea and work towards a complete project over the course of 36 hours. Cubstart itself is mandatory 4 Saturdays leading up to the event!

What if I don't have any coding or hacking experience?

It's absolutely fine if you don't! This program is designed for beginners, and you don't need prior coding or hackathon experience at all.

Can I take the same team from Cubstart to Cal Hacks?

Yes! In fact, it is encouraged!

Who can apply to Cubstart?

Unfortunately, this program is only open for students enrolled at UC Berkeley, but students of ALL grades and majors are encouraged to apply!

How is Cubstart formatted?

Combination of workshop + office hours + hands-on activities.

Can I apply without a team or idea?

Yes, there will be a team mixer to form teams for the hackathon! And we can help with ideation.

If I get accepted to Cubstart, do I get accepted to Cal Hacks?

Yes! Cubstart participants will be able to participate in Cal Hacks 7.0.