Welcome to Hacktoberfest 2015!

We're bringing a month-long campaign to spread the passion for computer science to more K-12 students in Los Angeles! With the help of our volunteers and community partners, we are delivering the industry-relevant educational resources that will empower students to make awesome projects!

We realized that the best way to get everyone in the city involved in the campaign was organizing a series of in-person events in addition to an online challenge! Both the events and the online challenge are open to students in 9th to 12th grade in Los Angeles. 


For the month of October, we will be organizing the following events: 

  • Hack Hours - 3 hour learning sessions after school 
  • Hack Days - 8 hour learning sessions
  • Hackathon - 24 hour learning events


Students will be able to submit the projects they worked on during the Hacktoberfest events (Hack Hours, the Hack Days, at the hackathon) or at home for participation in the online challenge. 


The online challenge begins October 1st and ends October 31st!  


Here's what you'll be learning:

Hardware & Wearables: Want to know what tools you can use to build Iron Man? Learn the skills necessary to harness the powers of arduinos, Myo and drones using a sampling of Python, C++, C#, Javascript, and even 3D printing! WearHacks will be providing a hardware lab and curriculum at select events!

Web Development: Learn web development from the people that put hacker clubs at every high school - HackEDU. From discovering the power of Github to making your first website, you'll learn the HTML/CSS & Javascript you need to be ready for the world wide web!

Virtual Reality: Ever heard of the Matrix? This is very similar! Learn how to build your own worlds using Unity and port it to virtual reality (VR) headsets like the Oculus! Learn to build your own games and meet the people that are driving the industry forward! 

Mobile Game Development: Ever wanted to learn how to make games like Clash of the Clans or Flappy Bird? You'll have the opportunity to learn iOS Development using the new programming language - Swift!  And for those of you that are more advanced, we will show you how to use secret ingredients they call APIs! 


Hack Hours 

Who: This event is open to 9th-12th grade students in high school. 

What: Three-hour events in which mentors from Hacker Fund teach various technologies afterschool using curriculum & hardware from HackEDU & WearHacks

When: Mondays/Wednesday from 4:00pm-7:00pm PST

Where: Rhubarb Studios, located at 633 W 5th St, #1400, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Materials: Please bring your computer, valid/current school ID, and evenrbrite ticket. Snacks will be provided.


Virtual Reality Sessions 

Who: This event is open to 9th-12th grade students in high school. 

What: Three-hour events in which mentors from Hacker Fund teach Unity & Virtual Reality Game Development. 

When: Fridays from 4:30pm-7:30pm PST (October 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th in 2015)

Where: Hatch Studios located at 2260 Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064.

Materials: Please bring your computer, valid/current school ID, and evenrbrite ticket. Snacks will be provided.


Microsoft Hack Day

Who: This event is open to 9th-12th grade students in high school. 

What: We are teaming up with Microsoft to bring an unforgettable taste-test of technologies. We'll start with interactive maker kits and then an introduction to game development for the web and virtual reality. 

When: Saturday October 17th, 2015, 10:00am-6:00pm PST

Schedule: See detailed schedule below. 


  • 10am-10:30am (Snack/Mentor&Greet)
  • 10:30am-12:30pm (Workshops) - MSFT Workshop: MakeyMakey 
  • 12:30pm-1:00pm (Lunch Break)
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm (Workshops) - Choose: Unity Game Development or Web Development
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm (Workshop) - Esri Workshop: Intro to GIS
  • 3:00pm-5:30pm (Hacking)
  • 5:30pm-6:00pm (Demo & Parents Exhibit) 


Where: Microsoft HQ, 13031 W Jefferson Blvd, Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90094 

Materials: Please bring your computer, valid/current school ID, and Evenrbrite ticket. Snacks & lunch will be provided. 


Hacktoberfest Hackathon 

Who: This event is open to 9th-12th grade students in high school. 

What: Join us for a hackathon that is bringing the city together to inspire the youth in Los Angeles - an overnight innovation sprint with a skyline view from the tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi. We will have workshops powered by Microsoft, HackEDU, WearHacks, Hackster, and other technology partners. Here's the rundown of workshops: 

  • Intro to Wearables
  • Intro to iPhone Game Development (iOS)
  • Intro to Unity & VR
  • Intro to Github 
  • Intro to Web Development

When: Saturday,  October 24th @ 11:00am PST - Sunday, October 25th @ 3:00pm PST 

Schedule: Here's a timeline listed below - 


Saturday, Oct. 24th

  • 11:00AM-11:30AM Student Arrival
  • 11:30AM-11:45AM The Mayor's Address
  • 11:45AM-12:15PM Opening Ceremony
  • 12:15PM-12:45PM: Lunch & Mentor Meet/Greet
  • 12:45PM-3:00PM: HackEDU: Intro to Web Development 
  • 3:00PM-7:00PM Workshops & Hacking Begins 
  • 7:00PM-8:00PM Dinner
  • 8:00PM-11:30PM Hacking
  • 11:30PM-12:00AM Stack Overflow Hacktivity 

Sunday, Oct. 25th

  • 12:00AM-12:30AM Snackathon Snackers Meetup
  • 12:30AM-3:00AM Hacking
  • 3:00AM-3:30AM Snack Rap Hacktivity 
  • 3:30AM-8:00AM Hacking
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM Breakfast
  • 9:00AM-12:30PM Hacking
  • 12:30PM-1:30PM Pitching Workshop, Judging & Expo
  • 1:30PM-2:30PM Closing Ceremony & Parent/Teacher Luncheon
  • 2:30PM-3:00PM Departure/Checkout    


Where: Rhubarb Studios, located at the U.S. Bank Tower at 633 W 5th St, #1400, Los Angeles, CA 90071.

Materials: Please bring your computer, valid/current school ID, and Eventbrite ticket. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, & snacks will be provided!  



Thank you to our community partners! 

i.am.angel Foundation
, Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Digital OceanRhubarb Studios, Hatch Studios, Make in LA, Microsoft, Moxtra, CGI, WearHacks, Bruin Entrepreneurs, Spark SC,Hack for LA, HackEDU, Bixel Exchange, DevpostMake in LA, Polymail, & Noosa Yoghurt


To enter the online contest, you must be a 6th grade-12th grade student in Los Angeles. In order to attend the in-person events, you must be in high school (9th-12th grade).


Also, the following criteria must be met: 

1. You can work by yourself or with a team of up to 5 people. 

2. Your project needs to be created between October 1 & October 31st. 




Your hack submission can come in many forms! Feel free to experiment with any of the following categories:

- Virtual Reality

- Hardware

- Web/Mobile App

- Website

- Game


You may only submit once per event. You may only submit one project for the online challenge. 


Please include a full description and screen shots. Please also include a video if possible. 

Hackathon Sponsors


$250 in prizes

Visit to "The Future" (3)

i.am.angel Foundation will provide a private tour of will.i.am's office in Hollywood!

Esri Prize

The hack with the best use of Esri API and/or SDKs will win this prize during. The winner will be selected by the Esri team at the end of the 24 hour hackathon. The ArcGIS Platform provides a set of industry standard APIs and SDKs, including REST, JavaScript, Android, iOS, and others, to allow developers to bring the power of location to their apps. Information about all supported APIs and SDKs and how to integrate them can be found at http://developers.arcgis.com.

Civic Engagement Prize

The team that creates the most innovative project that promotes community development and citizen engagement wins a prize from Hack for LA.

Hacker Fund Leadership Award

The hacker that expresses gracious professionalism and leadership throughout the hackathon through the form of mentorship and volunteering will win a onesie of their choice.

Unity Prize

The team that develops the most entertaining hack using Unity will receive automatic entry to the Hacker Fund VR Hackathon in 2016.

Snapchat Swag Prize

Each member on the team that wins the online challenge through public vote will receive a Snapchat backpack, towel, and plush toy!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

You must create an account with Devpost and register for the Hacktoberfest event to be able to participate. 

If you are interested in attending any Hacktoberfest events in person, you must follow these steps in order to be granted access: 

Step 1: Fill out this application
Step 2: If you're a student, please sign this Code of Conduct. 
Step 3: Have your parent or legal guardian sign this Parental Consent Form.
Step 4: Bring your Eventbrite ticket and valid/current school ID to your session.


Yesenia Alvarez

Yesenia Alvarez

Matthias Broner

Matthias Broner

Lilly Kam

Lilly Kam
i.am.angel Foundation

Mohammad Adib

Mohammad Adib

Cauri Jaye

Cauri Jaye
Rhubarb Studios

Ahmad Shéhaaz Saif

Ahmad Shéhaaz Saif

Brandon Foo

Brandon Foo

Esteban Rodriguez

Esteban Rodriguez
Warner Bros.

Varadh Jain

Varadh Jain
Arena Ventures

Eileen Kahn

Eileen Kahn
FIRST Robotics

Garima Dhakal

Garima Dhakal

Lucy Guo

Lucy Guo

Nive Jayasekar

Nive Jayasekar
Blend Labs

Andrei Lyskov

Andrei Lyskov

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    How creative is the hack?
  • Effort
    How much effort did the hacker/team put forth in completing their project?
  • Teamwork
    How well did the team work together to convey what they made?

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