Los Altos's fourth 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 IV will take place at the Juniper Aspiration Dome in Sunnyvale, California on March 23-24, 2019.

All high schoolers are welcome to our fourth 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 23-24!

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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 are accepted) and your ID.

Requirements

You must:

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

How to enter

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

Judges

Shane Buckley

Shane Buckley
President & COO @ Gigamon

Sachi Sambandan

Sachi Sambandan
SVP of Engineering @ Gigamon

Lily Chang

Lily Chang
Vice President, Strategic Transformation @ VMWare

Lester Bird

Lester Bird
Distinguished Engineer @ Juniper Networks

Shirey Soulouman

Shirey Soulouman
Senior Program Manager @ VMware

Adarsh Nair

Adarsh Nair
Senior Program Manager @ VMware

Sandesh Sodhi

Sandesh Sodhi
Senior Software Engineer @ Juniper Networks

Zach Latta

Zach Latta
Executive Director @ Hack Club

Max Wofford

Max Wofford
Leader Experience @ Hack Club

Jud Spencer

Jud Spencer
Principal Software Engineer @ The Trade Desk

Varija Sriram

Varija Sriram
Software Engineer @ Juniper Networks

Sloan Griffin

Sloan Griffin
Program Manager @ VMWare

Pranay Pareek

Pranay Pareek
Member of Technical Staff @ VMWare

Faris Masad

Faris Masad
Software Engineer @ Repl.it

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?