Hack Chicago 2018 is the Midwest's largest high school hackathon, bringing together 300 of the Midwest's most talented and driven high school students for 24+ hours of coding, swag, and fun!

Last year, we hosted Chicago Hacks, Chicago’s largest high school hackathon. With over 130 attendees and 30+ projects presented, it would be an understatement to call that just a success. This year, we’re ramping it up a notch. Not only will we have more attendees, but we’ll have more workshops, events, and prizes.

We’re committed to making Hack Chicago the best hackathon you’ve ever attended. By partnering with Hack Club, a network of high school coding clubs, we can provide the best possible experience. We’ll have coding workshops for people who have never written a line of code before, as well as ones for those with years of experience. Plus, fun surprises, and of course, hacking galore.

Everyone is welcome. We aim to create a safe space for all, free of harassment and discrimination. Therefore, we take violations of our event code of conduct and Hack Club code of conduct very seriously. To report something, please email us at conduct@hackchicago.io.


Saturday, July 21

Time Event
11:00 AM Registration Opens
11:30 AM Lunch
12:00 PM Opening Ceremony
1:00 PM Hacking Begins
1:30 PM Workshop: Intro to HTML/CSS
3:00 PM Workshop: Intro to JavaScript
7:00 PM Dinner

Sunday, July 22

Time Event
12:00 AM Midnight Snack
7:30 AM Breakfast
11:30 AM Lunch
1:00 PM Hacking Ends - Submissions Due to Devpost
1:30 PM Judging
3:15 PM Closing Ceremony
4:00 PM Event Ends


  • Participants
    • Entering or just graduated from high school (incoming 9th graders through graduated seniors from the class of 2018)
    • Any high school, state, or country is invited
  • Teams
    • Up to 5 people, though select prizes require less

Hackathon Sponsors


$9,185 in prizes

Most Likely To Succeed | Best Startup (5)

- Lunch/Video call with Zach Latta, Thiel Fellow and Forbes Top 30 Under 30, and all of Hack Club HQ
- BoseBuild headphones

Most Likely To Save The World | Greatest Social Impact (5)

- Lunch with Neal Sales-Griffin, CEO of CodeNow (a Y Combinator-backed non-profit)
- BoseBuild headphones

Eye Candy | Best UI (5)

- Sketch license
- Balsamiq license
- Roku Streaming Sticks

Most Likely To Sell Literally Everything | Best Presentation (5)

- BoseBuild speaker

Coolest Kid On The Block | Most Popular (5)

- Cards Against Humanity Basic, Green, College, and Science packs

Virtu-code-so | Best Beginners (5)

This is for groups that are at least 50% new to coding.

- Something cool!

Groovy Gamer | Best Game (5)

- Lunch with Trinket Studios
- Tour of War Gaming
- Tour of Jackbox
- BoseBuild headphones (winner) and BoseBuild speakers (runner-up)

Most Outta This World | Best Use of NVIDIA Technology in a 3D or VR Game (4)

- NVIDIA GeForce 1060

"Repl" it up with Repl.it | Best Repl.it Hack (5)

- Repl.it "Hacker" plan, year-long subscription

Machinery Masterminds | Best Hardware Hack (5)

- NVIDIA TX2 Developer Kits

Domain Game | Best .TECH Hack (5)

$250 Amazon Gift Voucher

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Max Temkin

Max Temkin
Co-founder, Cards Against Humanity

Neal Sales-Griffin

Neal Sales-Griffin
CEO, CodeNow

Scott Robbin

Scott Robbin
Web Developer, Robbin & Co.

Safia Abdalla

Safia Abdalla
Founder, Zarf

Kayla Carter

Kayla Carter
U.S Digital Field Marketing Supervisor, McDonald's

Deeti Gandhi

Deeti Gandhi
Digital Optimization Supervisor, McDonald's

Chino Santos

Chino Santos
Business Optimization Supervisor, McDonald's

Satyo Iswara

Satyo Iswara

Judging Criteria

  • Execution
  • Creativity
  • User Experience
  • Learning
  • Presentation

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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Hackathon sponsors

Special Thanks
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors

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