Hackathon open to all high schoolers in the Fremont Union High School District regardless of coding experience (with lots of workshops, food/swag, and prizes)!

PioneerHacks is a 12-hour hackathon hosted by Cupertino High School's programming club, Tinovation. You can learn more about the event at our website: http://pioneerhacks.tech!

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To participate, you must be:

  • a high schooler in the FUHSD school district
  • between ages 13 and 18 (inclusive)

Anyone with any amount of programming experience is welcome! If you're an advanced hacker, you will definitely find our event unique and enjoyable! If you're new to coding, we have plenty of mentors and workshops to help you learn extremely fast and build your first app/website!


You must submit:

  • your Github URL to the project
  • A URL to a Google Slides Presentation

How to enter

Sign up before March 10th, 2018 at 11:59 PM on our website (click the Register button at the top). We will be emailing out waivers soon!


Eric Ferrante

Eric Ferrante
Cupertino High School AP Computer Science Teacher

Rajesh Shah

Rajesh Shah
Wells Fargo

Madhu Mathihalli

Madhu Mathihalli
Passage AI

Poornabodha Narayanswamy

Poornabodha Narayanswamy

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    We at PioneerHacks want to grow and inspire innovation in the next generation of students. Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Usefulness
    Impact lies in our hackathon’s roots. We look for hacks that have large social impact as well as general practicality. Is the hack practical? Is the hack impactful? Does it fulfill a real need people have?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult to develop? Is it a simple API mashup or is it a comprehensive effort that leverages advanced architecture, tough algorithms, and various libraries and languages?
  • Polish/Design
    Clean and seamless hacks are hard to come-by. Is the hack usable in its current state? Does everything appear to work as intended? Does it deliver a beautiful experience? Is it mostly bug-free?