Welcome to Hyphen-Hacks

Hyphen-Hacks is a twenty-four hour hackathon for high school students across the Bay Area.

Important Information

Location: Lick-Wilmerding High School (755 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA)
Dates: October 20-21, 2018

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Learn from knowledgeable technology practitioners coming from some of the most innovative companies in the world. Hyphen-Hacks is a great place to learn from both experienced mentors and your peers.


Meet a diverse group of high-schoolers interested in technology. Hackathons are a great opportunity to make lasting connections with people who you wouldn't otherwise get to know.


Hyphen-Hacks will stretch your skills and imagination, pushing you to achieve what you never dreamed to be possible. Our open, supportive atmosphere will provide a platform for you to create amazing products.

All application decisions will be given by the first week of September.


Interested in volunteering at Hyphen-Hacks? Please fill out this volunteer form:

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about Hyphen-Hacks?
If the FAQ's below don't answer them, don't hesitate to contact us at hackathon@lwhs.org

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event, usually lasting for 24 hours but that can go for as long as 3 days. During this confined period, engineers, computer scientists, and designers work together to build a project from scratch, often with very little sleep. The goal of a hackathon is not to build a polished product, but to hack something together and in the process make mistakes and learn new ways of solving problems. A hackathon does not have anything to do with 'hacking' in the usual sense of defeating the security of computers.

Who can participate?

Anyone who is enrolled in a high school between the 9th and 12th grades may participate in Hyphen-Hacks.

Can you sleep?

Yes, you can sleep at the campus. We recommend you bring a sleeping bag.

Do I need to stay the entire time for the hackathon?

No. However, we will close doors between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. (These rules may change.) We do recommend that you stay the whole time so that you can gain the most experience possible.

Does it cost money to participate?

Participation in Hyphen-Hacks is completely free, as the event is funded by our sponsors.

Do I have to have any prior experience to participate?

No! At Hyphen-Hacks, we welcome hackers of all experience levels. Mentors, as well as other hackers, can help you create something even if you’ve never coded before.

What is the code of conduct?

Our code of conduct is available at https://mlh.io/code-of-conduct.

Will there be supervision?

Yes, there will be a teacher from LWHS on site and many parent volunteers supervising the kids.



  • 8:00 a.m. start setup
  • 10:00 a.m. mentor and attendee check-in (student/parent volunteers)
  • 11:00 a.m. opening ceremony
  • 12:00 p.m. hacking begins
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. getting started workshop
  • 1:00 p.m. lunch
  • 2:45 - 4:30 p.m. workshops set 1
  • 5:15 - 6:00 p.m. workshops set 2
  • 6:30 p.m. dinner


  • 12:00 a.m. midnight snack
  • 8:00 a.m. breakfast
  • 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. workshops set 3 — presentation/sales pitch
  • 12:00 p.m. hacking ends
  • 12:00 p.m. lunch
  • 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. awards ceremony and presentations

Mission Statement

Hyphen-Hacks is a 24-hour hackathon aimed at high school students from around the Bay Area with diverse backgrounds and skill levels. We hope to create a space where all students are inspired to learn new skills while collaborating on new inventions.


If you want to sponsor please contact hackathon@lwhs.org

Event Partner

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

The MacDermid Family – classes of 1985, 1987, 2018, and 2020
Major League Hacking 2019 Hackathon Season