200-person high school hackathon in the Bay Area

Welcome to Los Altos Hacks! We're extremely excited to have you all here.  Hacking starts at 12PM on Saturday, and all submissions to Devpost must be in by 10am on Sunday. We hope you'll learn a lot from this experience and build something you're proud of. 

You can find our available hardware at hardware.losaltoshacks.com.  

 

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Prizes

$2,540 in prizes

Grand Prize

Winning team will receive 1st place medals and Dell Venue 10 5000 Tablets for each member of the team.

Second Place

Winning team will receive 2nd place medals and GitHub octocat figurines for each member of the team.

Third Place

Winning team will receive 3rd place medals for each member of the team.

Best Use of Microsoft Technologies

Presented by Microsoft. Winning team will receive one Microsoft Band V2 for each member.

Best Social Good Hack

Presented by KPCB Fellows. Winners receive automatic finalist status for the 2016 KPCB Fellows Program.

Best Use of AWS

Presented by MLH. Winning team will receive 1 TB hard drive for each member.

Best use of Domain.com

Presented by MLH. The winning team will receive swag bags containing Sparkfun Redboards for each member of the team.

Eligibility

Teams can be maximum 4 people, and everyone must be a high schooler & present at the hackathon to participate. You must also have your parent packet signed.  A copy is available at http://bit.ly/LosAltosHacksParentPacket

Requirements

• You must select which sponsor prize you're going for, if any. 

How to enter

• Submit your app to Devpost

• Attend the expo

• Wait for judging and results

Judges

Zach Latta

Zach Latta
Hack Club

Janet Fang

Janet Fang
Girls who Code

Gemma Busoni

Gemma Busoni
Discovr Labs

Annie Bubinski

Annie Bubinski
Microsoft

Andrew Moll

Andrew Moll
Microsoft

Andrew Hernandez

Andrew Hernandez
Microsoft

Jessica Wong

Jessica Wong
Microsoft

Ryan Orbuch

Ryan Orbuch
Volley

Jeremy Rossmann

Jeremy Rossmann
Make School

Skylar Payne

Skylar Payne
Google

David Tesler

David Tesler
GoForge

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?