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

$4,200 in prizes

Best Overall Hack

Our HackTJ 2017 Grand Prize Winner!

Best Hardware Hack

Apps must have a hardware component. Check out the MLH table to use their Hardware Lab!

Best Design

Big Parser Code Jam

Sponsored by Big Parser. Any teams that complete a project using the Big Parser API will receive a Grid Creator prize AND be eligible to win the trophy prize/Big Parser grand prize. Visit the Big Parser sponsor table or workshop for API help!

Best Civic Technology App

Sponsored by Phone 2 Action. Apps must use the Phone 2 Action API and be related to civic/societal impact. Visit the Phone 2 Action sponsor table for API help or prize category clarifications!

Best Use of Fannie Mae

Sponsored by Fannie Mae. Apps must use the Fannie Mae API. Visit the Fannie Mae sponsor table for API help!

Best Use of MongoDB

Sponsored by MongoDB. Apps must use the MongoDB API. Visit the MongoDB sponsor table for API help!

Best Financial Hack

Sponsored by Capital One. Apps must be related to finance, economics, etc. Visit the Capital One sponsor table for prize category clarifications!

Best Beginner App

Sponsored by Make School.

Best iOS App

Sponsored by Make School.

Best Android App

Sponsored by Catapult.

Best Web App

Sponsored by Catapult.

Most Entrepreneurial

Sponsored by Catapult.

Most Innovative

Sponsored by Catapult.

#HackHarassment

Use your tech skills for good and hack online harassment! Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment. Members of the winning team receive Hack Harassment Battery Packs!

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Domain.com Swag Bags

Palantir Social Impact Prize

Sponsored by Palantir

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.