The Original High School Hackathon is back – again.

Ever wanted to build the next Snapchat? Program a drone? Build a website that connects people across the globe? Come to HackTJ and work with your friends to build something cool, learn new tricks, and have a fantastic time!

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Prizes

$2,800 in prizes

Best Web App

For any web or server-side applications.

Best Mobile App

For any apps developed for iOS, Android, Windows phone, or any other mobile platform.

Best Hardware Hack

For any hack that incorporates some sort of physical device (other than a phone or laptop) – e.g. Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Oculus Rift, Myo, or anything else.

Best Beginner Hack

For any project built by a team of participants who have never been to a hackathon before.

We will verify your names against our registration data, so please be truthful!

Best Pebble Hack

For the best project built for the Pebble Watch.

Best use of MongoDB (2)

For any project that uses MongoDB. (Please note that this prize is awarded by representatives of MongoDB, and not the HackTJ judges.)

Best Capital One Hack

For the best hack using the Capital One API. (http://api.reimaginebanking.com)

Best Domain Name (sponsored by Domain.com)

For the "funniest" domain name registered with your Domain.com coupon. (Please make sure you note the domain name in your project submission)

KPCB #BuildForGood

The best hack that addresses one of the challenges on kpcbfellows.com/challenges will receive interviews for next year's KPCB Fellows Program. You must submit your project both here and to the link above. (Only Seniors can be eligible for this prize).

BookHolders Prize

For the best app or program using internet-sourced data. Prize is a Raspberry Pi for each team member.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Requirements

Devpost is the record of your hackathon, so write with details, upload pictures/videos, and anything else you would want to explain your project to the viewer.

However, judging will be conducted in-person, not on Devpost, so don't worry about uploading code or making your submission perfect – this is just so we know your project exists and would like to it be considered for prizes.

Judges

HackTJ Mentors

HackTJ Mentors

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation
    We're looking to see that your hack is unique and different – something we haven't seen before. This also includes the technical difficulty of the project, and the implementation of something new and interesting with technology.
  • Creativity
    We're looking to see a creative approach to solving a problem with your hack. This includes (but is not limited to) a unique or fun UI design, an outside-of-the box solution, or a fun theme/vision for your hack.
  • Impact
    We're looking for hacks that solve a real problem – things that you or I would appreciate using in our daily lives.
  • Presentation
    It's important to develop an interesting and engaging "pitch" for your app, one that easily explains what it does without boring the listener.