Today's youth's hacking tomorrow's future.

 

Welcome to Hacking Generation Y!

You'll have thirty hours to team up with other high schoolers to build an amazing product. Listen to incredible speakers share their work, and present in front our amazing panel of judges who represent some of the top companies and startups in Silicon Valley. Enjoy delicious food, win amazing prizes, but most importantly -- learn to code.

 We can't wait to see what you'll create!

Age is only an Int.

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Prizes

$74,700 in prizes

1st Place

TBA

2nd Place (5)

TBA

3rd Place (5)

TBA

Parse (2)

$5,000 parse credit to winning team. $500 parse credit to every team that uses Parse.

Praxis (9)

$6000 in scholarships to Praxis for top 6 teams

Pebble

Pebbles to the winning team

Moxtra

Revealed Soon

MIT Launch

Automatic advancement and no fees to a personal interview for the MIT Launch summer entrepreneurship program!

FourSquare

Tour & Lunch @ NYC Office when you're there.

Couchbase

$1000 in cash to your team

1SB

Automatic Internships at 1-student-body

Global Context

$7500 to the team that moves forward Global Context’s mission the best!

PubNub

A professionally-shot video, blog post, and $1,000 PubNub credit to the team with best use of PubNub.

Misfit

Misfit watch to every winning team member.

NameCheap

$100 Namecheap credit to winning team

MUSE Headbands

Up to 5 members. MUSE Headbands for the best hack that uses them.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

If you are present at Hacking Generation Y, or have received special permission from us to hack from home, you're eligible.

Requirements

Please submit a description of what your app does, and a link to your product, and a video demo that'll give us a great explanation of how your app works, and what it does.

How to enter

High School students at Hacking Generation Y can create submissions.

Judges

Shuly Galili

Shuly Galili
Co-Founder of UpWest Labs

Laurie Stach

Laurie Stach
Founder of MIT Launch

Manny Fernandez

Manny Fernandez
Co-Founder & CEO of DreamFunded.com, Angel Investor

Chris DiBona

Chris DiBona
Director of Open Source at Google

Xavier de Ryckel

Xavier de Ryckel
Co-Founder of Downtown

Amir Shevat

Amir Shevat
Startup Program Manager at Google

Jinal Dalal

Jinal Dalal
Product Manager, Google

Wayne Carter

Wayne Carter
Chief Architect of Mobile, Couchbase

Stuart Friedman

Stuart Friedman
CEO, Global Context

Offir Gutelzon

Offir Gutelzon
CEO & Co-Founder, Keepy

Devon Crews

Devon Crews
Leadership at Citrix. Trailblazer's Woman of The Year Candidate

Rousseau Kazi

Rousseau Kazi
Product Manager on Facebook's Search Team

Wendell Brown

Wendell Brown
StartEngine, MITA Institute

Evan Doll

Evan Doll
Co-Founder of Flipboard

Michele Boal

Michele Boal
Co-founder and Chief Philanthropy Officer of Coupons.com

Ryan J. Negri

Ryan J. Negri
Co-Founder & CEO, Laicos, Angel Investor

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Is the hack more than just another generic social app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical given its target audience? Is it something that the user base would actually use? Does it fulfill a need people have?
  • 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?
  • Design
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well-designed?