The School’s Out Hackathon is a 24 hour coding event for high school students from across the nation. With over 700 participants, expert mentors, and in-depth workshops design to help people code, it promises to ensure that everyone can have a fun experience getting introduced to programming with their peers.

Hackathon Sponsors


$12,340 in prizes

Grand Prize - Software

Each member on the winning team will receive a pair of Beats Headphones and a new Occulus Rift!

Grand Prize- Hardware

Sponsored by RadioShack.

Each team member of the team with the best hardware hack will get a pair of Beats headphones and the team will receive a 3D printer!

Best Educational App

The cash prize will be divided among the team members. Each person will get an interview with Apps for Aptitude.

Microsoft Prize

Each member on the team that the Microsoft mentors choose will receive a Windows Phone!

Best Use of Mashape

$300 will be given to the team that best uses Mashape!

Google Engineers' Favorite

Each member on the team that the Google Engineers like best will receive a Chromecast!

Best Use of Firebase

Each member on the team that best uses Firebase will receive 6 months of credit and Skype session with founder.

Best Use of Dwolla API

Each member on the team that best uses the Dwolla API will receive a Raspberry Pi!

Best Use of

Each member on the team that best uses will receive a Raspberry Pi!

Pebble Prize

Best Use Of Pebble will award the team 4 Pebble Watches.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


  • Entering 9th graders and Exiting 12th graders
  • Teams of 4 or less
  • Team participating remotely will be eligible for all prizes except grand prizes


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

How to enter

Just build something in 24 hours that is technological! If you are working remotely, be sure to specify that when you submit!


SoHacks Judging Panel

SoHacks Judging Panel

Judging Criteria

  • Problem-Solving (25%)
    How well does the hack solve a real problem? Does it fulfill a real need people have?
  • Creative (25%)
    Is the hack just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely new, or at least take a unique approach to an old problem?
  • Well-Designed (25%)
    How sexy does your hack look? Is the UI polished? How smooth is your hack?
  • Technical (25%)
    Is the hack technically interesting? Are you dressing up an API or were there real technical challenges?

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