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Archive 2014

Congratulations to the winners of the first-ever LexHack!

1) First Place (Leap Motion Controllers) - "3D Etch-a-Sketch" by Lyle Cheatham, Andrew Panasyuk, Anthony Wiryaman, Noel Qiao

2) Second Place (Quadcopters) - "Snail Mail" by James Curry, William Davenport, Greg Derecho

3) Third Place (Chromecasts) - "ContraBox" by Naomi Wharton, May Tomic, Sylvie van der Weide, Vyshnavi Chunduru

Beginner Award (KTByte & Treehouse Lessons) - "Maze Game" by Piper Bau, Anna Sanders, Laura Appleby, Irene Terpstra

Thanks to all the participants for coming to our first-ever LexHack and building so many amazing projects! You can check out the winners and even more hacks at our ChallengePost. More event photos are available at our Flickr album. Special thanks to our fantastic sponsors, mentors, and volunteers, and we'll see you next year!


LexHack is a hackathon targeting high school students of all programming abilities. A hackathon is an event where teams of 4 (or less) individuals work together towards development of a software application (or a hardware project if you're so inclined). At LexHack, you will have 12 hours to complete your project, after which your project will be judged by a panel of judges. These judges will then determine a winner based on the reward criteria for the event.

This event is totally free; all you need to do to attend is register here and show up on September 27th at the Lexington High School Field House (the giant dome at 251 Waltham St, Lexington MA) by 8:30 am. If you don't have a team, don't worry, you can find one when you arrive at the event! In that case, please try to arrive a little earlier so we can match you up with others who need a team. All we ask is that you bring a laptop and any other hardware you wish to use, as well as an open mind.


8:00 am • 9:00 amRegistration / mingle time
9:00 am • 9:15 am Opening ceremonies
9:15 am • 9:15 pm Hacking (w/ breaks for food)
  9:15 pm • 10:00 pm 1st round judging + delibration
10:00 pm • 11:00 pm Demos/2nd round judging + closing ceremonies


Who can attend?

Anyone currently enrolled in high school may attend. If you're unsure about your eligibility, please email us.

Do I need to know anything about programming to attend?

Nope! Part of the goal of LexHack is to help people learn how to quickly develop a prototype of a full application from a single idea. We'll have plenty of mentors at the event to help you learn, and we guarantee you'll have built something awesome by the end of the day! However, we do recommend checking out sites like Codecademy or Code.org to familiarize yourself with basic programming concepts. We'll also have a special award category for the best beginner project.

How much does LexHack cost?

Absolutely nothing! This is thanks to the gracious donations of our sponsors.

Do I need to make a team for LexHack?

Not at all! We recommend competing with a team of 4 students (or less), and if already have a team in mind, that's great! However, we've set aside time in the morning for you to meet others and form a team if you don't have one when you sign up. Just be prepared to come a little earlier (doors open at 8 am).

What technologies/programming languages do I need to use?

You can create your application using any technology you would like, as long as it meets one of two criteria for submission:
- You can provide source code that anyone can run (e.g. code in a language with a readily-available compiler)
- You can provide a working executable for Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, or Android, as well as source we can view (e.g. a project written with a proprietary compiler, such as an iPhone app).
If you are still unsure if the programming language you wish to use is legal, please contact us.

How can I volunteer to mentor?

If you've graduated from high school, you can volunteer to mentor by filling out our form here. If you're a high school student, we recommend participating in the event itself. However, if you'd prefer to mentor please contact us directly. Mentoring is a full-day commitment that involves teaching students our pre-written development curriculum and helping them with their own projects. Thanks for your interest in volunteering!

Are there other volunteer opportunities?

We could always use more hands to help facilitate the event! If you're interested in being a volunteer either in the morning, noon/afternoon, or evening (or a combination of the aforementioned) then please contact us to receive more information. High school volunteers are eligible for community service hours, and no programming experience is necessary to volunteer.

What do I need to bring?

Bring yourself and any tools you need. For most, this will just be a laptop and charger. If you're more advanced and want to do a hardware project or a mobile application, bring the required equipment for these as we won't have any additional equipment available.


Food Sponsors

Special thanks to our food sponsors for providing meals throughout the day!


Need to get in touch? Shoot us an email at info@lexhack.org!
You can also find us on Twitter @lexhacks.