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hackBCA is open to all high school students, from the absolute beginner to the experienced developer. Spend 24 hours turning an idea into reality.

March 22, 2014 at 3:00 PM EST



Rebecca Garcia

Co-founder of CoderDojo NYC. Developer Evangelist at Squarespace. Former CTO of Greatist.

Mattan Griffel

Co-founder and CEO of One Month Rails, a Y Combinator company.



What is hackBCA?

hackBCA is one of the first ever high school hackathons! It will be hosted at Bergen County Acadmies high school in Hackensack, New Jersey. Check out an article about us on NJ.com.
Check out our promo video!

What if I don't know how to code?

There is nothing wrong with that. Hackathons are amazing places to learn to code! However, you don't even have to be a developer to attend hackBCA. You can do anything from making a song to designing and making a hat. All tangible projects are permitted.

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event in which teams spend the weekend building something awesome (and then demo it). hackBCA is open to anyone, from the absolute beginner to the professional hacker. Check out Dave Fontenot's post on "What is a hackathon?"

When can I start coding?

I know you are eager to start your awesome project, but you must wait until the hackathon starts (sorry).

How and when do I submit my hack?

You must submit your hack by 11:00am on Sunday, but can still work on them after 11. We will send an email with more information on Sunday.

I'm not in high school anymore, can I still come and watch the demos?

Definitely! You can get a ticket for the demos below:

What should I bring?

You should bring your laptop (we won't provide computers) & charger, school ID, phone & charger, and power strips (recommended). Food will be provided!

How does judging work?

On Sunday, you will be given the chance to demo your project. The judges will then choose winners for our prizes, and our sponsors will choose the winners for their prizes.

Who can attend?

Any student still in high school can attend! You don't have to be from NJ (or even from the US). If you need help convincing your parents, contact us at [email protected]

I know a company that wants to sponsor, what should I tell them?

Great! Tell them to contact us at [email protected]

Do I need a team beforehand?

Nope, you can find one here or work individually.

How much does it cost?


If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected]



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