SM Hacks III is a high-school hackathon that is aimed at high school students in the San Francisco Bay Area of all coding experience levels and backgrounds.

Our mission is to provide a safe, welcoming, diverse, and supportive space for students to explore the field of computer science.


What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a 24-hour programming marathon where your ideas come to life. Over the course of the weekend, students from all backgrounds and all skill levels collaborate in teams of up to four to build something awesome. All participants must abide by the MLH Code of Conduct.

Do I have to be in high school?

Yes, only current high school students will be able to attend. College students are welcome to help out as mentors!

What if I don't have a team or an idea?

No worries! It's common for people to come into the hackathon without an already-formed group, so we'll make sure you're matched with the right people! We will have a team formation and brainstorming session on the first day, so everyone will be able to find an amazing team and come up with awesome ideas.

How big can teams be?

Teams can be up to four people. While you may work as an individual, we highly encourage collaborating with others.

What if I have another question?

Email us at team@smhacks.com if you have any additional questions. We are always happy to help!

What if I don't know how to code?

No worries! SM Hacks is the perfect time to learn how to code and all students, regardless of skill level and experience, are welcome. There will be plenty of mentors on hand glad to answer any and all questions and workshops specifically designed for those with no prior experience. Stay tuned for more information about workshops!

How much does it cost to attend?

Nothing! Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, the event is free for all attendees.

What should I bring?

Attendees should bring a valid student ID or some other form of identification, as well as a signed and completed waiver. Bring laptops and chargers, along with any other technology that you may want to use! We will have designated sleeping spots so feel free to bring a sleeping bag and pillow. Also it is highly suggested that you bring toiletries so you can feel refreshed and beautiful!

How can I apply?

Applications for hackers have not yet opened, but follow our social media @sanmateohacks to be alerted as soon as they do!


Interested in sponsoring?

Email us at sponsors@smhacks.com!