The School’s Out Hackathon (SoHacks) is a 24 hour coding event engineered to help students learn how to code. Students can make an app, website, or a piece of hardware with the help of experienced mentors, structured classes, and like-minded peers. This event is FREE, and food is provided.

Eligibility

  • Entering 9th graders and Exiting 12th graders
  • Teams of 4 or less

Requirements

As long as it's built at the hackathon and is technological, you're good to go (hopefully uses code)!

Hackathon Sponsors

Prizes

TOP 3 BEST SOFTWARE HACK (3)

The top 3 software hacks will be awarded SoHacks memorabilia.

TOP 3 BEST HARDWARE HACK (3)

The top 3 hardware hacks will be awarded SoHacks memorabilia.

TOP 3 BEST ANDROID HACK (3)

The top 3 android hacks will be awarded SoHacks memorabilia.

TOP 3 BEST IOS HACK (2)

The top 3 iOS hacks will be awarded SoHacks memorabilia.

TECH BLOC PRIZE (BEST NETWORKING HACK)

The best networking hack will be awarded Tech Bloc memorabilia.

CODEUP PRIZE (BEST WEB HACK)

The best web hack will be awarded CodeUp memorabilia.

BEST BEGINNER HACK

The best beginner hack will be awarded a raspberry pi kit.

BEST INTERMEDIATE HACK

The best intermediate hack will be awarded leap motions.

BEST ADVANCED HACK

The best advanced hack will be awarded Kindle Fire Tablets.

BEST EDUCATIONAL HACK

The best educational hack will be awarded chrome casts.

MOST INNOVATIVE HACK

The most innovative hack will be awarded a virtual reality head set.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Go to sohacks.com and click on the register button. Then you will be taken to Eventbrite where you can either sign up as a mentor, student, or volunteer. After you sign up you will be sent media release waivers that you must fill out. Finally, if you are a mentor or volunteer a background check will be sent to you that you must fill out.

Judges

Chris Turner

Chris Turner
CEO of Turner Logic

Kay Jones

Kay Jones
CEO of CodeUp

Nick Honegger

Nick Honegger
VentureLab

Emily Bowe

Emily Bowe
Operations Manager at 80/20

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    Taking a creative approach to an issue is perhaps one of the key ideas behind a hackathon. Projects should exhibit some degree of creativity in their final product.
  • Problem-Solving
    Projects should attempt to solve common problems in our society today. Solutions should be innovative and effective to earn full points in this category.
  • Well-Designed
    A well-designed product tends to do well in today’s marketplace, and so the hacks should show some element of good design in them. Whether it is flat or skeuomorphic, a design should be pleasing to the eye.
  • Technical
    Advanced technology is all around us. At hackathons, products should use as many tools as possible to make sure that the product is the best it can be.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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