What is HackTJ?

HackTJ is a student-run hackathon 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 16 and run until Sunday, April 17.

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 judge, mentor, or volunteer.

Is there any cost?

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

Is there a deadline?

Registration for participants, judges, mentors, and volunteers opens on Sunday, March 6 at 8:00 PM.

Registration for participants closes on Sunday, March 20 at 11:59 PM—this is a hard deadline; we do not accept submissions after this time.

Judges, mentors, and volunteers will be able to register until the start of the event.

Is there 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 prizes can I win?

HackTJ hosts prizes for the best projects in the following categories:

  • Overall Hack
  • Web App
  • Mobile App
  • Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence
  • Design
  • Social Impact
  • Beginner Hack (first-year coder teams)

Major League Hacking and some of our partners also host their own Sponsored Prizes, which you can explore when the 9.0 Devpost goes live.

How do I register?

  1. On Sunday, March 6 at 8:00 PM, a button will appear at the top of this site. Click it.
  2. You will be redirected to a page where you can click the appropriate form.
  3. Fill out the questions. Near the end, there will be a few questions where you can upload your forms.
    • In order to speed up the registration process, print out these forms, fill them out, and scan them beforehand.

How are ticket decisions made?

Tickets decisisons are made based on a variety of factors, including the registration time. Sign up quickly to increase the chance that you are given a HackTJ 9.0 ticket!