HackStart is hackathon dedicated towards high school students and lesser experienced college students near Atlanta! Come and build some amazing hacks!

HackStart is a hackathon for high school students. Over the course of 24 hours (two days and one night), you will face new challenges, meet new people, and build something extraordinary. Form teams of four to develop apps and pitch them to judges for a unique opportunity to take home a cash prize!

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$600 in prizes

First Place

Second Place

Social Impact

This prize goes to the hack that has the largest helpful social impact on society.

Pick a social issue, and do your best to solve it in 24 hours!

Problem Solving

This prize goes to the hack that best addresses the problem that it's trying to solve.

Be creative but smart when trying to think of a hack!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


This event is meant for high school and inexperienced college students near the Greater Atlanta area.

Teams are in groups of four, and we will be having the registration period be during keynote and kickoffs so that you can fill up your roster if you don't have four people!


Anything goes as long as it was created during the event!

We're typically looking for hacks that are in the form of web apps, mobile apps, or native apps, but if you can think of something super creative, go with it!



Nitsh Sood

Nitsh Sood

John Koh

John Koh
Georgia Tech

Tucker Balch

Tucker Balch
Georgia Tech

Mike Martin

Mike Martin
Georgia Tech

Judging Criteria

  • Social Impact
    This goes to the hack that has that best improves the community in the most impactful way. **This is its own award.
  • Creativity
    How original is the idea? How creative of an approach do they take? Does it solve a common problem? **This is its own award.
  • Presentation
    For the final round, judges will be looking at all the previous criterion as well as how well the team presents the project?
  • Polish
    For the final round, judges will be looking at all the previous criterion as well as how clean the product is - in terms of design, appearance, and sophistication?
  • User Experience
    Is it simple and straightforward? Or is it bulky and hard to understand?
  • Utility
    How useful of a product is it? Is it something that you see people using in thier everyday lives?
  • Technical Complexity
    How well do they use technologies together? How complex is it?
  • Awesomeness
    Is there a wow factor?