Los Altos's third annual high school hackathon

We bring together hundreds of high school students from across the Bay Area to work together and make their ideas a reality.

We'll provide the food, refreshments and hacking spaces for you—the hackers—to do your magic. Just bring your ideas and your passion!

Los Altos Hacks III will take place at the Juniper Aspiration Dome in Sunnyvale, California on March 24-25, 2018. 

All high schoolers are welcome to our third year — and it'll be our best yet! With 400 total people, we'll be having a blast while learning many valuable coding skills along the way. No coding experience is required; there's a place for everyone at our hackathon!

As always, Los Altos Hacks will be 100% free, including prizes, four free meals (including boba!), swag, mentorship, and much more!

For more information and to sign up, visit https://losaltoshacks.com. See you on March 24-25!

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Prizes

$43,532 in prizes

1st Place Overall

- Google Home for all team members
- $250 DigitalOcean credit for all team members
- Free 1 year Sketch licenses for all team members
- Yelp fidget spinners for all team members
- Guaranteed admission to Internapolooza event for all team members
- MLH finalist medals for all team members

2nd Place Overall

- Google Home Mini for all team members
- $125 DigitalOcean credit for all team members
- Quizlet shirts for all team members
- Yelp fidget spinners for all team members
- Tickets to many speaker events, such as Keith Rabois of PayPal, Fred Ehrsem of Coinbase, Peter Thiel of Founders Fund, and more
- MLH finalist medals for all team members

3rd Place Overall

- Fitbit Alta for all team members
- $75 DigitalOcean credit for all team members
- Yelp fidget spinners for all team members
- $500 scholarship to Horizons for all team members
- MLH finalist medals for all team members

Top 20 Teams (20)

- Year subscription of Wolfram|One Personal Edition plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro

Best iOS App

- Amazon Echo Dots for all team members

Best Web App

- Google Chromecast for all team members

Best Android App

- Portable charger for all team members

Best Beginner Hack

- Hydroflask for all team members
- Tile Mate for all team members
- MLH finalist medals for all team members

Most Creative

- Insignia speakers for all team members
- MLH finalist medals for all team members

Best Security Hack

- Amazon Echo Dots for all team members

1517 Category Prize

- $1,000 grant to continue working on the project
- $5,000 in Amazon Web Services credit

Best Use of NeuroSky Brainwave Sensors

- NeruoSky brainwave sensors for all team members

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

Qualcomm DragonBoard 410c + power source for all team members

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit for all team members

Best Environmental Hack

- Samsung Gear VR Virtual Reality Headset for all team members
- Green Team sustainability swag bag for all team members

.TECH Category Prize

- $250 Amazon voucher

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

In order to participate in the hackathon, you must be in high school (or of equivalent age). If you're in middle school, you may be able to participate; please contact us at info@losaltoshacks.com for more information.

Teams can be maximum 4 people, and everyone must be present at the hackathon to participate. You must also have your parent packet signed (which will be emailed to you after you sign up) and your student ID.

 

Requirements

You must:

  • Select which sponsor prize you are applying for
  • Specify if anyone on your team is a beginner

How to enter

In order to enter, click the "Hacker" signup button on our website (https://losaltoshacks.com) and fill out the form.

Judges

Eli Luberoff

Eli Luberoff
CEO @ Desmos

Ellen Hardy

Ellen Hardy
Chief Operating Officer @ TCI

James Richards

James Richards
VP of Engineering @ Udacity

Morris Thai

Morris Thai
Senior Product Manager @ TCI

Genevieve Johnson

Genevieve Johnson
Senior Designer @ Roblox

Ben Lai

Ben Lai
Senior Software Engineer @ LinkedIn

Shirley Soulouman

Shirley Soulouman
Senior Program Manager @ VMWare

Lily Chang

Lily Chang
Vice President, Strategic Transformation @ VMWare

John Yu

John Yu
Partner @ Oriza Ventures

Dmitriy Kolchin

Dmitriy Kolchin
Serial Enterpreneur @ ReSHARP

Kurush Dubash

Kurush Dubash
Software Engineer @ Adobe

Melanie Silva

Melanie Silva
User Experience Designer @ Adobe

Areeta Wong

Areeta Wong
Director of Event Management @ Hack+

Lester Bird

Lester Bird
Distinguished Engineer @ Juniper Networks

Avinash Reddy

Avinash Reddy
Software Engineer @ Juniper Networks

Nandan Paramashiva

Nandan Paramashiva
Software Engineer @ Juniper Networks

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount?
  • Polish
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?