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 mentors, games, and online hacking spaces for you—the hackers—to do your magic. Just bring your ideas and your passion!

Los Altos Hacks V will take place online using the Hopin platform from April 24-25, 2021. We'll be using Discord to provide an interaction space for our hackers as well!

All high schoolers are welcome to our fifth year — and it'll be our best yet! With swag for the first 350 registered, 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, swag, mentorship, and much more!

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

Hackathon Sponsors

Prizes

$7,210 in prizes

1st Place Overall

- iPad Air for all team members
- Invitations to Pinnacle, "the Olympics of Hackathons" for each team member. More info @ pinnacle.us.org.

2nd Place Overall

- Creality Ender 3 3D Printer for all team members

3rd Place Overall

- Airpods Pro for all team members

Most Creative

- Amazon Echo Dot for all team members

Best Beginner Hack

- Hackers with less than 3 hackathons under their belt and less than 1 year of programming experience applies
- HyperX Gaming Keyboards for all members

Best iOS App

JBL Flip 4 Speakers for all team members

Best Android App

Google Home for all team members

Best Web App

Chromecast (3rd gen) for all team members

Best Security Hack

Amazon Echo for all team members

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Domain.com provides all the domain services you need from registration to hosting to SSL certificates and beyond. Each hacker will receive a FREE domain name and year of domain privacy from Domain.com for their project this weekend! The best hack on a registered Domain.com domain will receive exclusive Domain.com Backpacks!

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key (2)

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with an embedded Arduino compatible board.
Winner receives hardware kits courtesy of MLH.

Best Use of CockroachDB

Build your hackathon project on CockroachDB's open source and indestructible SQL database. Utilize CockroachDB in your hack for a chance to win a 3D printing pen for each team member. What's more, ALL projects submitted that use CockroachDB will receive a free t-shirt!
Winners receive 3D printing pens!

Best echoAR Project

Use echoAR's platform as part of your project.
Winner receives limited subscriptions to echoAR.

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 have your email verified to confirm your identity on Discord.

Requirements

You must:

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

Judges

Alon Grinshpoon
CEO, echoAR

Mansa Hari

Mansa Hari

Fedor Yaramenko

Fedor Yaramenko

David Medvedik

David Medvedik

Yaroslav Menshikov

Yaroslav Menshikov

Jamsheed Mistri

Jamsheed Mistri

Mara Hart

Mara Hart
Representative, MLH

Gleb Shaltaev

Gleb Shaltaev

Javier Barreiro

Javier Barreiro

Pavel Mineev

Pavel Mineev

Anna Kopteva

Anna Kopteva

Sailesh Ramakrishnan

Sailesh Ramakrishnan

Gokhan Tur

Gokhan Tur

Iliya Karin

Iliya Karin

Roman Storozhenko

Roman Storozhenko

JC Btaiche

JC Btaiche

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?

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