March 14-15, 2020

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About MenloHacks

The Bay Area's best high school hackathon is coming back. Started in 2016, MenloHacks V is the latest iteration of the MenloHacks 24-hour hackathon. Every year, more than 150 high school students come together to produce a wide array of amazing projects using the simple power of coding. Over the years, MenloHacks has always included top-notch tech support, workshops, and mentorship. Our judges have included Former Apple SVP of iOS Scott Forstall and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki. This year is very special, for MenloHacks is celebrating its 5th anniversary!

To get a sense of last year and what to expect this year, here's the summary video from MenloHacks IV:

This Year's Theme

Global Issues

Education

The projects created will create new ways to get kids to engage in classrooms and encourage the young population to learn. Learning should be fun and exciting, but meaningful as well. The best projects will encompass both fun and depth into their mission statement.

Medicine

Computer science and medicine are closely intertwined. Medicine works best when technology is used to speed up diagnoses or discover new ways of treating patients. The projects created should focus on increasing the accuracy of treatment or to provide a tool that will help health professionals in their day-to-day.

Climate Change

Our planet is facing the worst episodes of extreme weather events yet. We are already affected socially, economically and politically. Developing solutions on both the local level and the global level will be instrumental in combating this issue. Most importantly, solutions should be both environmentally friendly and economically feasible.

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Got Questions?

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a hackathon?

    In this context, the word "hack" means to create. A hackathon is an event where people come together for 24 hours to make something using the wonders of technology. But, the goal of a hackathon isn't just to create something: it's also to learn. Hackathons are the time to experiment with new technologies, APIs, SDKs, or learn to code from scratch.

  • Who can attend?

    Anyone currently in high school is eligible to apply.

  • How much coding experience do I need?

    None at all. Hackathons are a fantastic place to learn and get advice from experienced hackers. We'll also host plenty of workshops and have plenty of mentors so by the end of the 24 hours you'll have a working project even if you haven't coded a day in your life before. We also host a prize for best beginner hack.

  • How much does the event cost?

    A sum total of $0.00. Even meals, snacks, caffeine, sodas, and other drinks are provided. Our goal is to let you hack worry free.

  • What should I bring?

    Bring a form of photo ID (school IDs are fine), a laptop, and a charger. If you don't have a laptop, email hello@menlohacks.com and we'll find something for you. While we will be providing some hardware, if you need something special, also bring that. Also, if you want to sleep, bring a sleeping bag.

  • How will I get there?

    You are responsible for finding your own transportation. Ideally, try and find a ride because we don't recommend driving back for safety reasons after a hackathon. We can help find you a carpool. We will not be providing travel reimbursement at this time.

  • How big are the teams?

    Up to 4 people.

  • How do I find a team?

    All accepted hackers will be given an invitation to a Facebook group which can be used to find teammates. Additionally, the event will feature a team-forming event. Obviously, if you have friends going to the event, you are welcome to just team up with them; however, it is often more fun to code with new people.

  • Is there a code of conduct?

    Yes, there is. Nothing too out of the ordinary though. Generally, be nice to others. If you want the full guide, we are using the MLH code of conduct which can be found here.

  • Have other questions?

    Shoot us an email at hello@menlohacks.com

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