SM Hacks is a 200-person hackathon that will gather the innovators of tomorrow into an amazing experience.


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, registration for SM Hacks II has not opened yet. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @sanmateohacks to stay updated!

What is the schedule like?

The event will be from November 10 - 11th, 2018. Be sure to check back for a more specific schedule, but don't worry! There will be plenty of fun activities that will keep you entertained.

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.

Sponsorship Director

Namrata I.

Operations Director

Kelly M.

Outreach Director

Alec L.

Sponsorship Team

Andy F.

Operations Team

Alex N.

Operations Team

Daniel B.

Outreach Team

Bruce D.

Sponsorship Team

Kristine K.

Sponsorship Team

Anu T.

Operations Team

Mahak B.

Outreach Team