Hack HW 2019

February 16-17 Mudd Library 3700 Coldwater Canyon Studio City, CA 91604

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What is Hack HW?

50 students. 36 hours. 10 Mentors. Hack HW is an overnight event open to any HW high school student, in which participants will collaborate on computer programming projects. Students will spend the majority of the event working with representatives from different tech companies, creating innovative programming projects, and competing for prestigious prizes.

Our goal is to not only encourage students to put their programming skills to practice, but to also provide students who may not have had the opportunity to try computer science with a chance to explore technology and entrepreneurship. We are looking for any driven Harvard-Westlake student, regardless of experience, who is even remotely interested in computer science.



8:30 am Registration
9:00 am Opening Ceremony
9:30 am Hacking Begins
10:00 am Brainstorming Session
1:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Google/Start-up Speaker
3:00 pm Cyber-security Workshop
4:00 pm Web Development Workshop
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Continue Hacking


2:00 am Late Night Snacks
8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Continue Hacking
1:00 pm Lunch
3:00 pm Finalize Projects
4:30 pm Students Present Projects
7:00 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Announce Final Awards
8:30 pm Closing Ceremony

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to know how to "hack"? Isn't that illegal?

No illegal coding will be going on at the event. A hackathon is an event where students work together to create technological projects, whether they be security related or not. The "hack" in hackathon comes from "to hack something together" not "to hack the DNC".

Who can attend?

Hack HW is open for all Harvard-Westlake students in 9-12th grade to attend. You do not need to be enrolled in any programming class at the middle school or upper school and don't need to have any programming experience.

How much does the Hackathon cost?

It's free! Food and drinks will be available for all hackathon attendees. Make sure to let us know of any allergies or dietary restrictions when you sign up.

How do teams work? Should I already have a team?

A team is just a group of up to four people working on a project. You don't need to have a team to sign up -- one of the best things about the hackathon is getting to meet new people who love computer science!

What do I need to bring?

Every student should bring a laptop with a charger, a sleeping bag and pillow, toiletries, a clean change of clothes, and creativity!

Are there any rules for the hackathon?

Yes, there are two rules. 1) All projects have to be new ideas that have not been worked on previously. 2) Have fun!

What if I have an unanswered question?

Email your questions to rirfan1@hwemail.com or swilen1@hwemail.com and we'll reply as soon as we can.