The largest highschool hackathon in the world.
A chance like no other.
We're committed to making Los Altos Hacks an experience of a lifetime for attendees.
For 24 hours, you'll have world-class resources and mentors right at your fingertips to bring your groundbreaking ideas to life. You bring your imagination, technical expertise, and ambition to Los Altos Hacks. We'll take care of everything else.
- $25,000 in prizes
- In past years, our prizes have included iPads, AirPods Pros, 3D Printers, Amazon Echos, Google Homes, and $1000 in cash. This year, we’re also offering exclusive opportunities like lunch-ins with partners at 8VC, a tour of Niantic headquarters in San Francisco, and a meeting with the head of Pokémon Go.
- Awesome Swag
- For simply attending our hackathon, you’ll have the chance to pick up one-of-a-kind swag like t-shirts, stickers, and tote bags. Throughout the hackathon, we’ll also be raffling out hoodies, hats, license keys for software, and more from our sponsors.
- Catered Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
- You don't ever have to worry about going hungry at Los Altos Hacks. We'll cater breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and we'll always have snacks on hand.
- You don't have to have experience with coding at all to attend Los Altos Hacks. Just bring your great ideas, and with our workshops and talented mentors, we'll help you learn how to bring them to life.
Day 1 — April 8th
|10:00 AM||Waitlist Check-In|
|11:00 AM||Opening Ceremony|
|12:00 PM||Hacking Begins|
|12:05 PM||Team Mixer|
|8:00 PM||Cup Stacking|
|11:00 PM||Capture the Flag|
Day 2 — April 9th
|12:00 AM||Midnight Surprise|
|1:00 AM||Super Smash Brothers Ultimate Tournament|
|7:30 AM||Hacking Ends|
|9:00 AM||Judging Begins|
|11:00 AM||Closing Ceremony|
|12:00 PM||End of Hackathon|
A diverse array of prizes to win in return for hacking excellence in different categories.
Hover over a prize category to see what you could win!
1x prize per team member. Cash prizes are split amongst team members.
Chief Technology Officer
Head of Product, AIML Training Platform
Lead Software Engineer
Software Development Engineer
Software Development Engineer
Global Enterprise Business Development, IP Networks
Software QA Engineer
Software Engineering Director
Senior Manager, Information Security Risk
Security Operations Engineer
Senior Manager, Cyber Security
Senior Manager, R&D
PhD, Platform Leader, Computational Microscopy
Chan Zuckerberg Biohub San Francisco
Senior Data Engineer
Software Engineer Staff
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Meet our outstanding LAHVII team.
If you enjoy Los Altos Hacks, consider joining us next year!
Lead and Sponsorship Director
Frequently asked questions
Who can participate?
Any high school student can participate. If you've graduated from high school, you can't participate, but you can come help mentor others.
How do I form or join a team?
You can form your own team of four, or you can join us at a team mixer at the beginning of the hackathon and meet others to form a team. Each team may have a maximum of four people.
Does this cost money?
No! Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, Los Altos Hacks is free for all participants—all food, swag, and other costs are covered.
Is there a code of conduct?
Yes! All hackers must follow the MLH Code of Conduct. The packet must be signed in order to attend.
Do you offer travel reimbursements?
Yes! Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, Los Altos Hacks is offering travel reimbursements on a case-by-case basis. Please fill out the travel reimbursement form in addition to registering for Los Altos Hacks.
What should I bring?
Bring a valid student ID, a laptop, chargers, and the signed Parent Packet. Power strips, sleeping bags, eye masks, and toiletries are highly recommended.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
No problem! If you have dietary restrictions, simply add them to your application when you sign up, and we will accommodate for you! Additionally, each meal will have vegan, gluten free, and vegetarian options for everyone.
What if I can't code?
No problem! We are accepting people regardless of experience. We'll have workshops where you can learn.