HSHacks is the largest and oldest high school hackathon in the country. We provide you with mentors, workshops, activities, swag, and much more to fulfill your hacking dreams. You will be working with teams of up to 4 for 24 hours to create awesome projects. All high schoolers are welcome, regardless of skill level. Beginner coders will have access to mentors to assist you in bringing your idea to life. If you have any questions, reach out to us at team@hshacks.com and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

HSHacks is run by high school students in the Bay Area. Find out more on our social media profiles!


What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event where participants spend time working together to create awesome coding projects. You will spend 24 hours working with your team to build your dream app, website, or hardware hack!

What if I can't code?

Then you are in the right place! We will have workshops and mentors on site to help you.

Who can participate?

All high school students are invited to come regardless of coding knowledge and experience. High schoolers can also apply for our campus ambassador program. If you've graduated from high school, you are welcome to mentor!

What should I do before the hackathon?

You or your parents must sign this waiver if you're under 18, or this waiver if you're over 18. Make sure that you bring a valid photo ID, laptop, chargers, sleeping bag, and toiletries.

What if I don't have an idea or team?

No worries! Most hacker come to the event without an idea or team. We will have brainstorming and icebreaking activities at the beginning of the event so that you can form ideas and meet new people.

Who runs HSHacks?

HSHacks is a project of Hack+, and is run by high school students in the Bay Area. Find out more on our social media profiles!

Where is HSHacks?

HSHacks will take place at the Amazon Web Services office in East Palo Alto.

How much will it cost?

Thanks to our sponsors, attending HSHacks won't cost you anything! We provide you with meals, swag, prizes, and hardware to fuel your creativity.

Will prizes be given?

The prizes are the least important part of the event, but everyone will have the opportunity to win them.

Still have questions? Contact us at team@hshacks.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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