New England's Bi-Annual High School Hackathon

February 24, 2018
Upstatement, 133 Portland St
Boston, MA

Where technology meets entrepreneurship

We believe in sustainable, long-term projects that solve community problems. We want your hacks to grow beyond our events and create real impact, and we'll help you get there.

$17k+
in prizes
12
hours
75+
hackers

About MAHacks

MAHacks is run for high schoolers, by high schoolers. Our goal is to bring together entrepreneurial-minded and tech-savvy students to form projects that last beyond our event. We want to provide new opportunities for all our participants (with some awesome swag on the side :P)

In the past, we've held events at MIT and Canopy Coworking City. We hope you'll join us for MAHacks III!

Introducing Tracks

At MAHacks III, you can submit your project in one of our tracks and win the opportunity to meet with professionals in the field that will provide mentorship for growing your hacks into real products and ventures. Our tracks address real problems in the community.

Medical Technology Track

Help solve a problem in the medical industry and you could win the chance to continue your project with Boston Children's Hospital! More information coming soon.

Education Track

Being high school students ourselves, education is a huge part of our lives. How can we improve current education technologies? How can we get people excited about learning? More information coming soon.

Join

We'd love to see you this winter.

Register

February 24, 2018 (Note: Our date has changed from January 13!)

Upstatement, 133 Portland St

Boston, MA 02114

Schedule

Saturday

7:30 AM Registration Opens + Team Formation
8:30 AM Opening Ceremony
9:00 AM Hacking Begins
12:00 PM Lunch
6:00 PM Dinner
9:00 PM Hacking Ends + Judging Period Begins
10:00 PM Closing Ceremony

Workshop Schedule

9:00 AM Hackathons 101 (Alisha Ukani)
9:30 AM User Experience Design (Ben Elgart)
10:00 AM Medical Technologies Track (Dr. Arthur Combs)
10:30 AM Education Track (Michael Cassidy)
11:00 AM Creating a Web API with Rails (Rachel Mathews)
11:00 AM Creating Twitter Bots (Alisha Ukani)
3:00 PM How to Organize Hackathons (The MAHacks Team)
6:00 PM How to Pitch Your Project (Blake Sims)

FAQ

What's a hackathon?

A hackathon is a 12 hour coding event where students and developers work together to create products and designs. There will be a lot of free stuff, free food, and prizes!

Who can come?

Any high schooler interested is welcome, regardless of skill level!

How much will it cost?

Nothing. Period. There will be workshops, prizes, free swag, free food, and lots of fun, at zero cost to you.

What if I've never coded before?

We’ll have workshops to teach anyone the basics of coding - but it’s not required. Teams often need designers, artists, writers and anyone who can contribute. Most teams actually benefit from non-programmers!

How do teams work?

Each team is capped at four members. Each team has the option to submit their project for judging.

I don’t have a team?

For the first couple of hours, we will help you network with other students. You can find people you want to work with and make a team on the day of!

I don’t have an idea?

Most people come to hackathons with no idea what they’re going to do, and that’s totally fine. We’ll be demoing many company API’s and hardware, and you can work with their products!

What should I bring?

You need a photo ID and something to hack with (like your laptop) and its charger. And most importantly, bring friends!

What if I have another question?

Feel free to email us at info [at] mahacks.com, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!