New England's High School Hackathon

Canopy City Coworking, Somerville, MA

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 Somerville to hack on all sorts of platforms.

Community Impact

Our hackathon wants to promote creating projects that have some kind of community impact. Although not required, we encourage each attendees to try to solve some kind of problem that they feel strongly about or observe in the community through the use of computer science and technology.


MAHacks Main Event

Our main 24 hour event. June 10-11th, 2017!

View Event

View our event live on HackerEarth!

Local Hack Day

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


We'd love to have you this summer.


Location: Canopy City Coworking, 14 Tyler St, Somerville, MA 02143



8:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM Opening Ceremony
10:00 AM Team Formation + Brainstorming Workshop
11:00 AM Intro to Entrepreneurship Workshop (Blake Siims)
12:00 PM Lunch
12:00 PM Intro to Programming (beginners) Workshop
3:00 PM Getting started with ReactJS Workshop
4:00 PM Intro to Java FX Workshop
6:00 PM How to integrate third-party APIs into your apps Workshop
7:00 PM Intro to Machine Learning with Tensorflow Workshop
7:00 PM Dinner


9:00 AM Brunch
10AM Hacking ends, judging begins!
12:00 PM 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!

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.

I have the ACT that day :(

We know the ACT is on June 10th, you can come later in the day on Saturday and still check in. Just shoot us an email!

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!

Do I need to stay overnight?

You don't have to stay overnight, you may leave at any point on Saturday night and come back on Sunday morning if you so choose!

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. We recommend you also bring toiletries and a sleeping bag if you need them.

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!