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Whether its on your own, with your team, through our workshops (some of which will be taught by industry professionals) , or from our guest speakers, there's an extensive amount of information to absorb in every part of HackTheLib!


Team up or go solo and to create something awesome! Software, hardware, or a combination of both, anything that you have at home works. We encourage participants to use skills they already have, but also take these 3 days to learn something new and implement it to your project.


Although this event is all about learning and creating something cool, competition adds an edge to it like no other. You can compete in any of our 5 categories:
Best OverallMost Practical/ScalableBest ImpactBest Original, and Best Design.


Must be from ages 12-19, that's it!

Hackathon Sponsors


$125 in prizes

Amazon Gift Cards (5)

Amazon gift cards worth $25 each!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Jason Sendelbach

Jason Sendelbach
Senior Director of Engineering, Analytics at Sprout Social

Yan Ochoa

Yan Ochoa
Software Engineer at Sprout Social

Jerry Moon

Jerry Moon
Microsoft Software Engineer & Educator

Chris Zickert

Chris Zickert
D211 Computer Science Teacher

Ed Lewicki

Ed Lewicki
Microsoft Service Advisor

Christian Pena Vazquez

Christian Pena Vazquez
Microsoft Gaming Expert

Judging Criteria

  • Design
    Look into the aesthetics of the application/program. This includes critiquing the natural appeal of the interface (user interface) and the natural interactivity of the interface (user experience) as well as design concepts and their relation to usability.
  • Complexity
    Analyze the technical intricacy of the program. Reward original code and dock points for stringing together code by other people (e.g. APIs) and presenting it as their solution.
  • Uniqueness
    Dive deeper into the inventiveness of the idea, how did the contestant tried to stand out from the rest of the crowd? A great question to consider would be “Have I seen something like this idea before?” Another would be “what did they do differently?”
  • Impact
    Evaluate the real-world impact of the project and how it could be used to help others in the future or solve a problem. This includes the practicality of the project, if it's something that the everyday person can use and benefit from, it has impact.

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