Major League Hacking 2019 Hackathon Season
Registration opens on February 18 at 8pm and closes on March 4 at 8pm
April 6th-7th, 2019
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

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!

Registration Info

Registration opens on February 18 at 8pm and closes on March 4 at 8pm!

When you register you'll be asked for several forms. If you want to be able to submit your registration quickly, fill them out in advance (Emergency Care Form & Field Trip Form, links below).

When you register we’ll give you the option to upload a resumé, which would be given to certain sponsors looking to recruit hackers. You will also have a chance to submit your resumé after you register if you are not ready to upload it now.

Please note that registering alone does not guarantee you will receive a ticket. Admission decisions will be made based on a variety of factors including the date/time you register, so make sure to sign up quickly! Admission decisions will be sent out on March 11th.


  • What is HackTJ?

    HackTJ is a student-run hackathon at TJHSST, where you will have 24 hours to learn how to code and/or work with your friends to make your idea come to life.

  • When is HackTJ?

    HackTJ will start on Saturday, April 6 and run until Sunday, April 7. If you need to arrive late or leave early, please let us know ahead of time.

  • Who can attend?

    HackTJ is open to any and all current high school students. If you're not a high school student but would like to attend, consider coming as a mentor or volunteer.

  • Is there any cost?

    Nope! Thanks to our sponsors, HackTJ is completely free!

  • Is there a deadline?

    Registration will be open starting on February 18th through the beginning of March.

  • Do you have a code of conduct?

    Yes, good question! We have adopted the MLH code of conduct, which all attendees will be required to adhere to.

  • Isn't hacking illegal?

    In the context of a hackathon, "hacking" is to build a real application over the length of the event. It's important to not confuse this with illegal hacking, which is gaining unauthorized access to a computer.

  • Do I need a team?

    If you already have a team of 2-4 people you want to work with, that's awesome! If not don't worry because we'll have an opportunity for people to join a team if they need one.

  • What if I don't know how to code?

    Come to HackTJ! Coding is fun, creative, and an important skill, and HackTJ is the perfect way to learn. We'll have workshops and mentors to help guide you.

  • What should I bring?

    You'll need to bring your laptop, phone, chargers, a sleeping bag/pillow, toiletries, and extra clothing. We suggest you bring a set of nice clothes for demos; you'll want to make the best impression.

  • Will there be food?

    Yes. Lots and lots of food.

  • What if I have dietary concerns?

    We'll be providing meals for most everyone at HackTJ, but if you have special concerns please let us know.

If your question is not answered here, just ask us: [email protected].

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    Saturday, April 6

  • 10:00am
    Student Check-In & Sponsor Fair
  • 11:00am
    Opening Ceremony
  • 11:30am
    Hacking Begins
  • 1:00pm
    Lunch, Registration Closes (no entry after this time)
  • 2:00pm
    Workshops Begin
  • 4:00pm
    Afternoon Snack
  • 7:00pm
  • 9:00pm
    Women in Tech Panel

    Sunday, April 7

  • 12:00am
    Midnight Snack
  • 4:00am
    Late Night Snack
  • 8:00am
    Hacking Ends & Breakfast Begins
  • 8:45am
  • 9:30am
    Judging Starts
  • 11:00am
    People's Choice Voting
  • 11:30am
    Closing Ceremony
  • 12:00pm
    Hackathon Ends
6560 Braddock Road
Alexandria, VA
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