No, it's not that kind of hacking. Hackathons are 24 hour competitions which provide students with the opportunity to express themselves and tackle challenging problems using technology. People with and without technical backgrounds come together, form teams around a certain topic or idea, and collaboratively code/build a unique solution from scratch — these generally take shape in the form of websites, mobile apps, or hardware designs. So grab a couple friends and come code and build to your heart's desire.


PackHacks is free for all students to attend. This includes activities and t-shirts as well as workshops on important, practical subjects like building a website or developing your first app. We encourage students to use PackHacks not only as a forum to test and enhance their technical skills, but also to socialize with students with similar interests and to have fun!


Judges will award multiple prizes at the end of the event for 1st and 2nd place in each track (only award given for 1st place in Competitive Programming tracks) However, there’s no pressure to be competitive; newcomers are encouraged to use PackHacks as an opportunity to learn and explore, but anyone who wants to compete should do so!


When is PackHacks?

10 AM March 20 - 6 PM March 21 (EST)

Where is PackHacks hosted?

We will reach out to you with Discord details close to the event date

Do I need prior experience?

No experience, no problem. We'll be having workshops on making apps and working on hardware throughout the event, and a hackathon is a great environment to focus on learning how to code for an uninterrupted, 24-hour period.

Who can participate?

PackHacks is open to both high school and university students. High school students will have special tracks just for them and can join the college tracks if they choose. However, college students cannot participate in tracks just for highschoolers.

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What is a track?

At a hackathon, a track is designed to help focus your ideas into one specific subject area. We have four tracks for you to choose from: Solving High School, Solving College, Data Science, and Competitive Programming (beginner/advanced).

How much does the event cost?

$0 - PackHacks is 100% free for everyone to attend!

How does the competition work?

Teams of up to 4 will work together to code or build a project and present it to the judges. This project can be or do anything; there are no constraints on what teams are allowed to develop. The judges will then select the best overall. Every project must be fully completed at the hackathon - no outside work/help is permitted.

What do I get?

Participants will receive t-shirts and "swag" shipped to them after the event. Students also get the valuable experience of working on projects together and the opportunity to take workshops which teach practical computer science skills.

Does PackHacks offer travel reimbursement?

We're virtual!

Can I use old code?

You may use all the publicly available code and APIs that you want, but the code you will be judged on at the end of the hackathon must be new.