One of the best parts of our community is that it allows people to meet and make connections with others, regardless of where you live. Form a guild of hackers and fight for a spot on the leaderboard. Who wouldn’t want bragging rights for having one of the most active guilds within the MLH community? 

Everytime you complete a challenge during the week of INIT, you’ll earn points for yourself and your guild. There’s strength in numbers, so here are some pre-made marketing templates. Remember, sharing is caring - so use these to share the excitement with your local community, friends, and classmates!  The more members your guild has, the more points you’ll earn and the faster you’ll climb your way up the leaderboard. 

How to market your guild

Thinking of organizing a guild for your local hacker community? We’re here to help and make sure it is an easy, fun, and energizing experience for you. Check out the resources and advice we have available to help you!

  1. Use INIT promo graphics to get our friends signed up
  2. Use our INIT templates to direct hackers right to your guild
  3. Use the referral form to earn points for you and your guild so every registration is a point for you
  4. Use the Discord channels to help hackers find the right fitting guild
  5. Create fun events and meetups for your guild members so it is an inclusive event


We know what you’re excited for at INIT. We’ve got some awesome stickers and swag ready to go for every participant. It’s simpler than ever for you to earn your swag.

After you’ve completed our registration challenges, you’ll have earned yourself:

  • An MLH Sticker
  • A Season Mascot Sticker
  • A INIT Hexagon Sticker
  • A Thank You Postcard

Check in each day to earn:

  • a super secret set of bonus hexagon stickers!

If you still aren’t satiated on swag, while supplies last, you may receive:

  • MLH & Capital One Face Masks 


Earn points for yourself and your guild by completing our challenges throughout INIT. Challenges aren’t the only way to earn points. You can also receive a point each time you check in for a live session, so the more you attend, the more points you’ll rack up. Learn more about our challenges here. They can be as simple as posting on your social media or as advanced as building a project and creating a full demo video for it. We’ll leave it to you to choose which challenges you want to take on. Feel free to work collaboratively with others on these.


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