hackNEHS 2021

Virtual Hackathon

Saturday/Sunday, April 3-4, 2021

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About hackNEHS

We are running the most exciting hackathon targeted at high school students in the New England area, though open to all. It will be 48 hours of developing cool ideas, meeting other high school hackers, and learning the ins and outs of development.

Bring Your Ideas to Life

If you ever had a great app idea, but never got a chance to implement it, hackNEHS is for you! At hackNEHS, you can create anything from scratch and implement your creative ideas. Regardless, come hack with us to create something awesome!

All Highschoolers Welcome

No prior experience is necessary to come to hackNEHS, so grab your friends, classmates, and fellow hackers! Coming to a hackathon is a great place for new coders to learn the basics. We will provide workshops for beginners to get hands-on experience with app development, web development, and idea generation from experience mentors. Just by registering, you'll gain exclusive access to APIs from our generous sponsors!

Win Fabulous Prizes

hackNEHS is a competition where teams work together to build amazing software using many tools, APIs, and products. At the end of the event, judges will provide feedback and prizes to the best hacks, which could include cool drones, VR headsets, 3D printers, and other hot technolgies. This year, we will be awarding more than $4000 worth of prizes!

Although we’re based in the New England area, we welcome any highschooler in the Milky Way galaxy. Come join 200+ fellow hackers, no prior experience required!
Held in the bountiful realm of cyberspace (i.e. Zoom link will be sent out to registered participants).
April 3-4, 2021 11:00 AM (4/3) to 5:30 PM (4/4) ET

Participant Schedule

Saturday 4/3
12:00 - 12:45 PM Check-In and Team Formation
1:00 PM Opening Presentation
1:15 - 2:00 PM Keynote Presentation from Stephen Wolfram
2:00 - 2:15 PM Hacking Begins
2:30 - 3:30 PM Workshop #1 (1 beginner, 1 advanced)
3:30 - 4:30 PM Workshop #2 (1 beginner, 1 advanced)
6:00 - 7:00 PM Special Feature Workshop from echoAR
Sunday 4/4
12:00 PM Project Submission
12:00 - 2:00 PM Preliminary Judging
2:00 - 3:00 PM Student Speaker Panel
3:00 - 4:00 PM Finalist Presentation
4:00 - 5:00 PM Expert Speaker Panel and Finalist Judging
5:00 PM Hackathon Closing
All times listed in Eastern Standard Time

Keynote Speaker


Stephen Wolfram

Stephen Wolfram is the creator of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha and the Wolfram Language; the author of A New Kind of Science; the originator of the Wolfram Physics Project; and the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research.

Expert/Student Speaker Panel


Danielle Ward

Aptima Inc.

Expert Speaker


Yubei Chen

Facebook AI Research

Expert Speaker


Minsik Cho

Siri R&D, Apple

Expert Speaker


Timur Mukminov

Stanford Healthcare

Expert Speaker


Vinjai Vale

Stanford University

Student Speaker


Miles McCain

Stanford University

Student Speaker


Kevin Sun

UPenn M&T

Student Speaker


Bill Qin

Carnegie Mellon University

Student Speaker


Jocelyn Shen


Student Speaker

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event where like-minded computer enthusiasts meet to work together on computer programming. Teams collaborate to build and code something original from websites and apps to machines and robots. Hackathons foster an environment for self-expression through technology.

How does a virtual hackathon work?

Most elements of our hackathon will remain the same online — through our online platform, you’ll be able to meet and collaborate with peer hackers, attend workshops, and listen to our guest speakers. Many of our events will occur using Zoom, so make sure you have Zoom installed and updated before the hackathon.

What are workshops?

Workshops will be small, interactive classes teaching novices how to brainstorm innovative ideas and code their ideas. Experienced mentors will run these class sessions throughout the hackathon. They will give participants the basic tools necessary to build something cool in the hackathon. Workshops will be offered on various skills.

How do teams work?

A team consists of a max of four people who collaborate on a project for the entire event. You can come with a team, or find one after registration! As soon as you register, you’ll have access to our online hackathon platform provided through HackerEarth. You can look at the profiles of other participants and reach out to find a team before the hackathon. If you need any assistance finding a team, we’ll also be happy to help you network!

What should I bring?

You only need to bring your computer, a charger, a valid government-issued or school ID, and your signed liabilty form. Attendance is completely free, and food, drinks, power strips, and wi-fi will be provided!

How does scoring work?

One hack or project are to be submitted by each team to qualify for demos and prizes. Experienced judges will critique each submission based on functionability, creativity, and technical difficulty.

What if I can't code?

Whether you're an experienced hacker or you've never written a line of code before, you are welcome at hackNEHS. Going to a hackathon like hackNEHS is a fantastic way to learn coding through workshops and mentors.

Will there be hardware hacks? Will any hardware be provided?

Unfortunately, we aren’t able to provide supplies for hardware hacks, so to keep things fair, we will only allow participants to use hardware solely for input purposes (e.g. camera, infrared sensor, button, etc.). Other forms of hardware hacks will not be accepted (e.g. making a hardware-based tool, using motors, etc.).

What is the cost?

It’s completely free! Thanks to our generous sponsors, you will be able to attend hackNEHS with no charge whatsoever.

Will swag be given out to participants?

We unfortunately cannot give out physical swags this year; however, we are working with several sponsors to provide some APIs and free subscriptions to participants!

Who can attend?

hackNEHS is open to all high schoolers. If you’re in middle school, shoot us an email at our email below.

What if I have a slow internet connection?

You should have no issue participating in our event as long as your Internet connection can handle standard video calls or livestreams. Just make sure to download any necessary SDKs or developer tools prior to the event!

I have questions!

Let us know at info@hacknehs.org!


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