About The Event
Silicon Valley hacks is a five day virtual hackathon (coding competition) open to all students. The event offers awards and cash prizes to winning projects in a variety of categories. During the event, mentors are available to help participants with their projects.
It's virtual so everywhere, but mentors, organizers, and judges are based in the Bay Area.
Registration Now Open
Competition April 21 - 26
Judging April 26 - 27
Some of this year's judges
Schedule of Events
All times in PST.
Register for the hackathon on DevPost.
Start working on your projects.
Build a Cloud-Connected AR/VR App in 15 Minutes or Less on Google Meet
Project Submissions Due
Submit a description of your project and an optional video on DevPost.
Winners will be posted and prizes awarded.
Some of this year's Mentors ready to help you with your project. Request Help
What is a Hackathon?
In this context, the word "hack" means to create. A hackathon is an event where people work to make something using the wonders of technology. But, the goal of a hackathon isn't just to create something: it's also to learn. Hackathons are the time to experiment with new technologies, APIs, SDKs, or learn to code from scratch.
How much does it cost to participate?
The event is 100% free to all participants.
How can I get help from mentors?
Please submit a help ticket. Mentors will try to get back to you in less than 24 hours. Open Help Ticket
Can I work in a team?
Yes, but participants may not work together in groups larger than 4 people.
Who owns the IP of what is created?
All intellectual property rights for submitted projects remain your own.
Who can participate?
While the event is primarily oriented towards high school students, any student elementary to college may participate.
Can I start working on my project before April 21?
No! All coding begins on April 21 and ends April 26. If we find evidence that you started prior to April 21, you will be disqualified.
Awards and Prizes
For information on judging criteria visit DevPost
Best Overall Hack
Award goes to the best overall project. Winner receives a $500 cash prize.
2nd & 3rd Place
Award goes to the second and third place hacks. Second place receives a $300 cash prize and third a $150 cash prize.
Best Health Hack
Award goes to the best project in the health care field. Winner receives a $150 cash prize.
Best Education Hack
Award goes to the best project in the education field. Winner receives a $150 cash prize.
Best Climate Hack
Award goes to the best project in the climate field. Winner receives a $100 cash prize.
Best echoAR Hack
Winner receives a $50 Apple gift card, 1-month free Business Tier access, and a feature in echoAR's newsletter (sent to investors and AR/VR ecosystem). Winner MUST use the echoAR platform as part of their project to be eligible for a reward.
Best Beginner Hack
Award goes to a less complex project but with a strong vision and creative execution. Winner receives a cash prize $50 and Apple Gift card.
Best Scratch Hack
Award goes to the best animation/game/program made in Scratch. Winner receives an Apple gift card.
Five projects that did not win any of the awards above will receive an honorable mention and an Apple gift card.
Please contact event host and organizer, Daniel Longo.
Share questions, concerns, or inquiries.
Lead Organizer, Silicon Valley Hacks