A 24-hour coding competition for high school students.

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Learn how to code.

With workshops and talks from the top tech companies, you'll learn everything you need to know to create top quality apps and services. Experienced mentors will be there the whole time to help you build and squash bugs.

Build awesome stuff.

Make your idea become a reality. Whether you have years of experience or just learned through DCHacks's workshops, anyone can create quality applications that impress. All you need is a laptop and the drive to create.

Win awesome prizes.

Have your hard work pay off with awesome prizes and swag. Compete for sponsor and API prizes or to be titled one of the top 3 hacks of the event. We also have tons of free swag and giveaways for all hackers.


Registration Opens

12:30 pm

First 50 hackers get a treat!

Registration Closes

1 pm

Hackers are welcome to enter later, but everyone should be in by now!


1:15 pm

With a special guest!

Hacking Starts

2 pm

It begins.


7:30 pm

Food TBD

Midnight Surprise

12 am

Just a nice little treat provided by TBD!

Early Bird Breakfast

6 am

Early bird breakfast provided by TBD.

Normal Breakfast

8 am

Food TBD


1 pm

Food TBD

Hacking Ends

2 pm

All projects must be submitted. Hands off the keyboard!

Project Expo

2:30 pm

Ship it.


4 pm

Top 10 hacks and API winners demo their projects. Swag and prizes given out.


6 pm

Pack and clean up. See you again next year!


Coming soon!

We Our Sponsors

DCHacks wouldn't be possible without all of these wonderful sponsors:


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Over 200000 businesses trust Rackspace, the managed cloud company. We design, build, and run the best cloud for your needs, and back it with Support® at every step.


RideScout is a mobile app that helps you get from point A to point B faster and smarter.


Google is the world's largest search engine.



Lob is a simple API to integrate print & mail solutions into your applications.



Our online software competitions and in-person hackathons increase software built using your API, SDK, or dataset.



We make registering, hosting, and managing domains for yourself or others easy and affordable.


One Month

In just 30 minutes a day, for 30 days, you can get the skills to launch your career.


Digital Ocean

Digital Ocean provides simple, fast, and scalable SSD cloud virtual servers.



A professional career network dedicated to security-cleared professionals and employers.



GitHub is the best place to share code with friends, co-workers, classmates, and complete strangers. Over six million people use GitHub to build amazing things together.


iStrategy Labs

iStrategyLabs is a creative agency that builds online and offline movements that engage communities through innovative marketing, experimental uses of social media, and civic innovation programs of all kinds.



Tessel is a microcontroller that runs JavaScript. It's Node-compatible and ships with Wifi built in. Use it to easily make physical devices that connect to the web.



The squeeZ Squad is a team of passionate GoGo lovers that also love being out in their own community. Our team mission is to get GoGo squeeZ to families at work and at play.



The integrated technical computing software company founded and led by Stephen Wolfram.



We love our partners as well!

Major League Hacking

We work with student hackathon organizers from day zero to help them put on the best possible hackathons.



The premiere college hackathon held at The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.



Zivtech designs and builds innovative websites, web applications, and infrastructure using best-of-breed Open Source Software (OSS) tools.



MoDev connects developers, designers, marketers and providers through meetups, conferences and hackathons to help them stay ahead of fast moving markets and technologies.



The most epic hackathon ever, at the University of Michigan.



The longest-running college hackathon, at Rutgers University.



Our clients hire us to design and build their products. We focus on user outcomes and simplicity. We write code for iOS, Android, and the web.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?

Any high schooler can participate! If you're starting ninth grade in the fall, you can participate too!

What if I don’t know how to code?

No problem! One of the main points of a hackathon is to help teach students who have no prior coding experience so that they can create something great from scratch. We will have mentors and workshops available to help you for the entire duration of the event! All we ask from you is the willingness to learn and to create something you can be proud of.

How much does this cost?

Short answer: nothing. Long answer: $0.00.

What should I bring to the hackathon?

  • A laptop + charger
  • A cellphone and mobile devices + chargers
  • Sleeping bag (highly recommended)
  • At least two sets of clothes
  • Basic toiletries

I don't have a team!

We'll have a team building session right before hacking starts. You'll quickly introduce yourselves and form teams however you choose. You'll make cool new friends!

What do I make?

Anything you'd like. Come up with your favorite idea and make it reality! Use any programming languages, development stacks, APIs, and other tools you need.

Can I continue my awesome project I've been working on?

It's great to hear that you're already hacking away! Unfortunately, all code for this event must be written during the duration of the event, but use of public, open-source external libraries and APIs are encouraged!

Do I need to be at the venue at all times?

Due to security reasons, you must stay in the building at all times. If you have an emergency or really have to leave, don't worry. We'll work it out.

I have some dietary restrictions.

We've got you covered. Just mention it in the application (coming soon)!

I'm not a high school student.

Come in as a mentor to help out! Mentors with any skills related to creating products (programming, design, UX, or business) are welcome to help out. Sign up now at the top of this page!

Did we miss your question?

You can contact us at team(at)DCHacks.org and we'll do our best to answer your question!