SET.Hacks() is a beginner-focused, high school hackathon that empowers every student to start coding the future. With six guided learning tracks, 40+ mentors and university panels, we want to help kickstart students' journeys into tech.
Over three days of pre-hackathon workshops and 48 hours of hacking, we'll equip you with everything you need on your mission. Regardless of your experience or background, we want to see your ideas and help you bring hem to life!View 2020 Devpost submissions →
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The future is in your hands, and the possibilities are endless. From quirky apps to complex algorithms, we want you to build something impactful for years to come. Challenge prompts come out the day of the hackathon, where you’ll get the chance to work on a problem faced by someone from the future.
We can’t wait to see what exciting new solutions you come up with!
Pre-hackathon | August 9-11
Our six learning tracks are customized to help you understand important topics in tech and learn how to apply them in solving complex, interdisciplinary problems. Prior to hacking weekend, you’ll have the chance to take a deep dive into one track of your choosing.
Each learning track is composed of an hour-long workshop each day from Monday to Wednesday, followed by a take-home challenge after the workshop.
Cloud Computing & APIs
SET.Hacks() was my very first hackathon! Being in high school and having little to no programming experience, the hackathon was a great opportunity to learn and build my first simple project. Although taking on a new challenge can be scary, I loved the encouraging and welcoming community that SET.Hacks() fostered.Sharon's project: Style Sustainably
As my first hackathon experience, SET.Hacks() was amazing! In spite of being online, the SET team organized the hackathon exceptionally well and made it as easy as possible for my peers and I to compete as first time hackers. Overall, SET.Hacks() gave me the unique opportunity to explore a plethora of STEM opportunities and meet many new like-minded individuals.Eshwara's project: Supplant
University of Waterloo
SET.Hacks() was a really fun and rewarding experience! I got to learn new skills and use different tools while building my project, as well as participating in the many workshops they offer.Jerry's project: Espere
SET.Hacks() was an amazing experience to work with others and learn new technical skills. The addition of resources provided by the SET team allowed myself to work with technologies I hadn't used before. They gave great mentorship during the competition and helped with any issues I had during it. Thank you for the great experience.Vansh's project: Supplant
University of Waterloo
I greatly enjoyed participating in SET.Hacks(). It was very well organized and executed, and the organizers clearly put a lot of thought and passion into planning the event. I would recommend anyone interested — especially first-time hackers — to give SET.Hacks() a try.Max's project: Tumbleweed GO
What is a hackathon?
A hackathon is an innovation marathon where “hackers” work together to design and build projects. Throughout the event, you’ll also have a chance to meet other students, attend workshops, network with mentors and sponsors, and most importantly - learn new skills! Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned hacker, SET.Hacks() is a great way to share your ideas, advance your career, and maybe even win some prizes 👀
Who is eligible to attend?
SET.Hacks() 2021 is open to all high school students from anywhere in the world! High school seniors who graduated in June 2021 are also welcome. We especially encourage beginners to join us!
What if I’ve never coded before?
Don’t worry, we’ll teach you! SET.Hacks() is designed to guide beginners through the whole process of building a project from start to finish. Even if you have no technical background, we’ll help you create something you can be proud of.
Can I work on a project from before the hackathon?
Since we’ll be providing custom challenge prompts and tracks, we strongly encourage you to explore new skills and ideas. We will not be accepting any projects started before the first day of workshops on August 9.
Do I need a team to participate?
You can apply either as an individual or a team of up to 4 people. If you would like to a team but don’t have one yet, we’ll match you up with one before the event.
How much does it cost?
Nothing! If your application is accepted, the event is completely free to attend.
When can I sign up?
Hacker applications will be released very soon! Keep an eye out on our social media or sign up for our mailing list to be notified first.
I have another question!
Message us at email@example.com and we'll get back to you with an answer!