Build, create, and design at PalyHacks

PalyHacks is an 24-hour hackathon for high school students hosted at Palo Alto School in Palo Alto, CA; run by students, made for students. In PalyHacks, we invite anyone with an interest in technology to come and build a project! Regardless of your skill level, you and your friends are invited to code, build, learn and have fun!

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You must be enrolled in high school. If you are not in high school, contactĀ 


Attend and present at the hackathon, then submit your project to Devpost.

How to enter

Attend and present at the hackathon, then submit your project to Devpost.


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Chris Tseng
CS Professor at San Jose State University

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Henry Wong
MD of Garage Capital III and Founder and MD of Diamond TechVentures

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Charles Li
Manager and Engineer at CIeNet Technologies

Yinghua Yang

Yinghua Yang
Cofounder, Design Lead, and COO at FlipWord

Thomas Reese

Thomas Reese
Cofounder and CEO at FlipWord

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount? This is the most important criterion that your hack will be judged upon for the general prizes.
  • Practicality
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?
  • Creativity
    Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?