New England's High School Hackathon

Not your average hackathon

MAHacks is where high schoolers come together to hack with impact. Whether you're a seasoned developer or a beginning engineer, bring an idea or join a team and you'll create something unforgettable.

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About MAHacks

MAHacks is a student-driven initiative created for high school students by high school students. MAHacks hackathons are designed to inspire the next generation of creators, innovators, and engineers. We’re bringing hundreds of talented high school students to Cambridge to hack on all sorts of platforms.


Our hackathon will promote tracks as hackathon themes. If you choose to submit as one of these hacks, you'll be eligible for a special prize. You don't have to follow a track to be eligible for the grand or API prizes!


MAHacks Inaugural Event


Our main 24 hour event. Set for the spring, date and place TBA.

Local Hack Day

Our first hackathon was a success! See pictures from our 12 hour event at the MIT Stata Center at

Augmented and Virtual Reality

Expand on the newest frontier of user experience. Construct virtual worlds and applications for our AR/VR prize category.

Urban Development

Have an idea to improve our city using technology? Disrupt urban living for the better in our City Hack prize category.


Health is the best way to directly impact people's lives. Even the smallest differences can be huge, and our Health Hack prize is here to foster that.


We're all here to learn, so why not add to that? Good education is an important part of any society. The best Education Hack gets their own prize.


We'd love to have you.



7AM - 8:30AM Check-in and networking
8:30AM - 9AM Introduction and speeches
9AM Hacking begins!
1PM Lunch
1-6PM Workshops and activities
9PM Hacking ends
9PM-10PM Expo and Closing Ceremony


What's a hackathon?

A hackathon is a 24 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!

Where/when is it?

MAHacks will be hosted December 3rd at the MIT Stata Center.

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 only need a photo ID and something to hack with (like your laptop).

What if I have another question?

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