Ever wanted to build the next Snapchat? Program a drone? Build a website that connects people across the globe? Come to HackTJ and work with your friends to build something cool, learn new tricks, and have a fantastic time!


Any student between grades 9-12 may participate


Navigate to the Submissions tab, then click on the sample project titled HackTJ 2019 Submission Instructions to read the list of requirements.

Hackathon Sponsors


Best Overall Hack

Our HackTJ 2018 Grand Prize Winner!

Winners each receive a Teegi Drone w/ a Camera and GPS!

Best Hardware or Other Hack

Winners each receive a Google Daydream View VR Headset!

Best Mobile App

Any standalone application. Winners each receive a Holy Stone Drone!

Best Web App

Any website or application that runs in a browser. Winners each receive an Echo Spot!

Best Beginner Hack

All the team members must be in their first year of programming. Winners each receive an Arduino Starter Kit!

Best Social Impact Hack

Winners each receive an Extendable Phone Tripod!

Best Design

Winners each receive a Bose SoundSport!

MLH: Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

Winners will each receive a DragonBoard 410c

MLH: Best Domain Name Registered with Domain.com

Winners will each receive a Raspberry Pi Kit!

MLH: Best Use of Snap Kit

Winners will each receive Casio Calculator Watches!

MLH: Best Use of Blockstack

Winners each receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card

Capital One

Winners each receive a $150 Amazon gift card!

Fannie Mae (2)

First place winners each receive a $125 Amazon Gift Card! Second place winners each receive a $50 Gift Card!

Phone2Action Civic Technology, Politics and Digital Advocacy Prize (2)

Both winners receive a bluetooth speaker and a paid summer internship! First place winners each receive a $200 Amazon gift card, and second place winners each receive a $100 Amazon gift card!

Yext: Best Use of Search

Winners each receive AirPods!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


HackTJ Judges

HackTJ Judges

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation
    We're looking to see that your hack is unique and different – something we haven't seen before. This also includes the technical difficulty of the project, and the implementation of something new and interesting with technology.
  • Creativity
    We're looking to see a creative approach to solving a problem with your hack. This includes (but is not limited to) a unique or fun UI design, an outside-of-the box solution, or a fun theme/vision for your hack.
  • Impact
    We're looking for hacks that solve a real problem – things that you or I would appreciate using in our daily lives.
  • Presentation
    It's important to develop an interesting and engaging "pitch" for your app, one that easily explains what it does without boring the listener.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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