Welcome to MechMania 29!

Register Here!

MechMania is a 24 hour AI hackathon where students team up to write a bot that plays a game. Every year, we build a game in secret, and challenge you to write the best bot! You can fly solo, or participate in a group of up to four. We will have some time before the tournament starts for you to find a team and you can re-register if you decide to join a team! Learn more here at our FAQ.

How to Compete

MechMania open to all skill levels of coding. We provide the starter code in Java and Python, and you can focus on creating an awesome strategy to beat the other teams' bots in our game. No experience in artificial intelligence or machine learning is required to participate. In many years past, several freshmen have won the top three positions!

Competition Schedule

We will be hosting MechMania in Room 1404 of Siebel Center for Computer Science on UIUC campus, come join us!

Date Time Event
September 22nd (Friday) 4:30 PM Room Opens
5:00 PM Introduction
8:00 PM Bot Submissions open
6:30 PM Food Arrives (Estimated)
8:00 PM Room Closed
September 23rd (Saturday) 8:00 AM Room Opens
6:00 PM Bot Submissions Close
7:00 PM Final Tournament & Awards Ceremony

Oh, and did we mention there are prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place? (To be eligible for prizes, you must fill out this form).

If you want to find out about the game, you'll just have to see us on Twitch and Discord on September 22nd :)