Welcome to Los Altos Hacks, a 24-hour hackathon high school hackathon!

Los Altos Hacks II is happening on February 4-5, 2017 at Evernote Headquarters in Redwood City. Hacking starts at 12PM on Saturday, and all submissions to Devpost MUST be in by 6AM on Sunday. We hope you'll learn a lot from this experience and build something you're proud of. 


Teams can be maximum 4 people, and everyone must be a high schooler & present at the hackathon to participate. You must also have your parent packet signed and your student ID. 


You must select which sponsor prize you're going for, if any. Please specify if anyone on your team is a beginner as well.

Hackathon Sponsors


$1,750 in prizes

1st Place

1st Place at Los Altos Hacks! MLH 1st Place Medal.

Kindle E-Readers & Logitech Speakers for each team member.

2nd Place

2nd Place at Los Altos Hacks! MLH 2nd Place Medal.

Amazon Echo Dots & Tile Mates for each team member.

3rd Place

3rd Place at Los Altos Hacks! MLH 3rd Place Medal.

Fujifilm Polaroid Cameras (2) and Quadcopter Drones (2) split between team members.

Best With Wolfram Tech Award

1 year of Wolfram Development Platform, 1 year of Wolfram Mathematica Student Edition, 1 year of Wolfram | Alpha Pro and Ailihen Headphones for each member of the winning team.

Most Innovative Chatbot (Gupshup)

$100 Amazon Gift Card

Best Android Application

Smart Plug, Wearable Fleece Blanket, and Make School Summer Academy Sponsorship for each member of the winning team.

Best Beginner Hack

Amazon Echo, Shower Speaker, and Make School Summer Academy Sponsorship for each member of the winning team.


Use your tech skills for good and hack online harassment! Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment. HackHarassment Power Bank will be given to each of the winning team members.

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Domain.com Swag Bag for each member of the winning team.

Best Use of IBM Bluemix APIs

20 Hour 1x1 Technical Consultation and Private IBM Tour for each member of the winning team. Travel costs not included.

Best App for Visually Impaired (New Visions of Tomorrow)

Google Cardboards for each member of the winning team.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

• Submit your app to Devpost

• Attend the expo

• Wait for judging and results


A group of wonderful judges

A group of wonderful judges

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount?
  • Polish
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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