SoCal Hackathon for high school students

 Hack SoCal was founded as one of Southern California’s first student-run, co-ed high school hackathon. The event lasts 24-hours, overnight as a targeted number of 150 attendees work to build a software project that addresses a real-world problem. Our mission is to encourage students within the Southern California area to pursue computing and technology and promote diversity in this ever-growing field.

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First place overall

Second place overall

Third place overall

Best beginning hack

Best web/mobile hack

Best educational hack

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


  • Teams of 2-4
  • Must be a high school student


Group of wonderful judges

Group of wonderful judges

Judging Criteria

  • Ambition of Problem
    Scale and complexity of the problem being explored.
  • 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?
  • Quality of Presentation
    Ability for the judges to clearly understand (a) what the desired functionality is, and (2) see that the functionality is behaving as expected.
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?