A hackathon is an event that usually lasts for 24 hours but 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 sense of defeating the security of computers.
Anyone who is enrolled in a high school between the 9th and 12th grades may participate in Hyphen-Hacks.