NOVEMBER 17-18, 2018

GoPro Headquarters

Thank you everyone who attended!

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SM Hacks II is a hackathon that will gather the innovators of tomorrow into an amazing experience, organized by students of San Mateo High School.


Saturday - November 17

Time Event
10:30 AM Attendee Check-In
11:30 AM Opening Ceremony
12:00 PM Lunch; Hacking Begins!
12:30 PM Team-Mixer
1:30 PM Workshops Begin
6:30 PM Dinner
9:00 PM Cup Stacking!

Sunday - November 18

Time Event
12:00 AM Midnight Snack
7:00 AM Breakfast; Submissions on Devpost
8:00 AM Hacking Ends
9:00 AM Judging
11:00 AM Closing Ceremony
12:00 PM End of Hackathon

*Subject to change.


Saturday - November 17

Time Event
1:30 PM Scaling with ReactJS
2:45 PM Intro to Web Development
3:45 PM Clean Code
4:30 PM Tech Talk:
The Computer Science Industry
*Subject to change.


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.

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!

Do I have to be in high school?

Yes, only current high school students will be able to attend. Unfortunately, we are not accepting middle school students. College students are welcome to help out as mentors!

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

No worries! It is not uncommon for people to come into the hackathon without an already-formed group, but we'll make sure you're matched with the right people! We will have a team formation and ideation session the first night so everyone can find the perfect team and come up with awesome ideas, so don't you worry first-time hackers!

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. If you don't have a team or need help finding one, make sure not to miss our team formation and ideation session on Saturday.

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 much does it cost to attend?

Nothing! Just bring your beautiful self and ideas and we will provide you with the food, WiFi, workspace, and swag!

How can I apply?

Sadly, the application window for attendees has closed. However, if you are over 18 and are interested in volunteering, mentoring or judging, please click click here to apply!

What is the schedule like?

The event will be from November 17-18th, 2018. Click here to see a more specific schedule!

What if I have another question?

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

What if I want to sponsor?

Email us at, we always are looking!


Jason L.

Lead and Sponsorship Director

Namrata I.

Operations Director

Kelly M.

Outreach Director

Alec L.

Sponsorship Team

Andy F.

Operations Team

Kristine K.

Operations Team

Alex N.

Operations Team

Bruce D.

Sponsorship Team

Mahak B.

Outreach Team

Anu T.

Operations Team