hillsHacks was born with a mission: to show that computer science is something anyone can learn. It's more than memorizing technical jargon and stuffing code into machines. CS is for innovators, creators, problem solvers, artists, and you.
Rather than leave you alone expecting a full-fledged product launch at the end of the day, we'll guide you through the learning process with workshops from Watchung Hills alumni. Plus, we'll provide you one-on-one mentorship and an opportunity to listen in and ask questions about tech during our Panel Q&A session. Deviating from the traditional hackathon, there will be two tracks: code and no-code, with a greater emphasis on ideas and how technology can be used for good. Participants can win generous cash prizes, too!This is the fifth iteration of hillsHacks, Watchung Hills' premier hackathon open to students grades 6 through 12.
Can you spend a day without using some form of technology developed in the last 5 years? It would probably be difficult - technology has completely changed the way we live our lives. Regardless of your experience, you will learn something new at hillsHacks about how computer science is being used all around us - often in things we take for granted! All students grade 6 and up are welcome.
hillsHacks is returning as a fully in-person event at Watchung Hills Regional High School!
The event will take place during the spring of 2022 (exact date TBD).
hillsHacks is completely free!
No problem! We highly encourage beginners to come, and our workshops will give you opportunities to learn about fundamental CS concepts. After creating an idea as part of the no-code hackathon track, you'll be ready to implement it on your own!
Participate in the traditional hackathon track or take a look at some of our advanced workshops! Also, we recommend you to actively engage during our Panel Q&A session (this applies to beginners too!)
Absolutely! As part of the hackathon you can work solo or in teams of up to four individuals. Teams will be formed prior to the event, so make sure all members sign up!
We will shortly be rolling out the full event registration, but for now you can pre-register so we can notify you when it opens!