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:!


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

Hackathon Sponsors


$18,425 in prizes

Best Application Design (2)

Sketch Licenses for each group member (top 7 members, regardless of # of groups)

Best Use of John Snow Labs Dataset

Access to 3 specially curated datasets, as well as one year of access to all John Snow Labs datasets

Best Pitch

$2000 worth of BugSee credits.

Best Overall

-Invitation to Private Dinner with Y Combinator VCs
-$550 of Digital Ocean Credit
-WolframAlpha Prize

Best Use of .TECH Domain

-$200 amazon voucher
If you are applying for this award, you MUST title your Devpost project as your website URL!

Top 5 Hacks (5)

2nd receives $250 of DigitalOcean credit
3rd receives $125 of DigitalOcean credit
This award is for a year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro.

Wolfram|One includes both Desktop and Cloud access, full access to the Wolfram Language and Knowledgebase, FreeCDF Deployment, 5000 Wolfram|Alpha API calls, 5000 Cloud Credits, 2 installations per user and 2 GB of Cloud Storage. (Each subscription is worth $375 per user).

Best Use of Hasura

-3 months worth of credits at Hasura
-$100 amazon voucher
-Hasura tshirts shipped to all members of winning team

Best Beginner Hack

-Receive the Wolfram Alpha subscriptions as well.
-JetBrains licenses

Runner Up Beginner Hack

-Wolfram Alpha prize

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

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?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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