hackPHS 2019

November 2nd - 3rd



What is hackPHS?

hackPHS hosts over 200 high school students from across New Jersey to collaborate, innovate, and create in a 24-hour, student organized hackathon held at Princeton High School. Whether you're a complete beginner or an experienced hacker, hackPHS will have something for you!

When and where is hackPHS?

hackPHS will be held in the cafeteria of Princeton High School, located at 151 Moore St, Princeton, NJ. Limited parking will be available around the school. All times are tentative, but you should plan on arriving before 10:30 AM on Saturday, November 2 and leaving sometime after 2:30 PM on Sunday, November 3.

Who pays for all this?

hackPHS is completely free for every one of our hackers, thanks to all our amazing sponsors!

What is a hackathon?

Hackathons are where creative and enthusiastic people come together to build awesome projects in a single all-nighter. With free food, awesome workshops, and incredible prizes, hackers will learn about new tech, build innovative solutions to real-world problems, and share their creation with the community, all in one event. If you are looking for a competition, a place to meet fellow hackers, or even just a place to learn how to code, hackathons are for you. If you want to learn more, see the MLH Hackathon FAQ.

What are you waiting for?


Unfortunately, this event is for high school students only. If you are no longer a high schooler and would like to help out, consider applying to be a mentor
Apply by going to our registration link. We will be doing admissions on a first-come first-serve basis, so apply ASAP!
We have signup geniuses! Simply sign up for a time slot at the appropriate link. Mentor, Chaperone, Volunteer.
Free food and drinks will be provided during the hackathon, including vegetarian and dairy-free options. If you ever want to sleep during the hackathon, we'll have dedicated quiet sleeping areas for y'all to catch some Z's. Electrical outlets will also be available throughout the cafeteria for all your charging needs. Lastly, we will have a hardware lab, but if you need specific hardware, either email us at team@hackphs.tech or bring the hardware with you - we cannot guarentee you any hardware.
Make sure you’re ready to spend 24 hours away from home. Basically, bring a sleeping bag, extra clothes, a toothbrush, and anything else you might need to feel comfortable for a long period of time. Also, please bring anything you need for your project such as a laptop, laptop charger, outlets, and hardware (we will have a hardware lab if you need anything else).
Teams of up to 4 people are encouraged (though not mandatory) - if you already have a team, you can form your team when registering for hackPHS, but teams won't be final until submissions. If you don't have a team before the event, don't worry! At the beginning of the event, there will be a team building workshop, which will be a great way to meet other enthusiastic people and even make new friends.
No matter if you're a first time hackathon attendee and have no idea what to do (everyone was a beginner once), or are an experienced hacker who wants to give back to the community, it is a good idea to join our Facebook event! In addition to all the important announcements and information about the event, you'll be able to find others to guide you through the hackathon process and help you develop something awesome.
All hackers must abide by Major League Hacking's Code of Conduct. TL;DR - all hackers should respect one another. Hackers also must abide by Princeton High School rules while on PHS grounds.
hackPHS hopes to emphasize learning and collaboration more so than competition - nonetheless, there will be awesome prizes to be won for some the best hacks made during the event! The full prize list will be released later - make sure to follow us on social media to find out when!
While you can learn a great deal in the process of building an ambitious project in such a limited time frame, we also plan to offer many introductory workshops (around 1 hour each) during the event, for those new to software and/or hardware engineering. Specific topics will include Arduino programming, iOS development, and Python, among many others - check our schedule (coming soon) for the full list!
Please feel free to email us at team@hackphs.tech if you have any other questions about hackPHS!


Time Event Rm #
9:30 AM Check-in Opens Cafeteria
10:30 AM Opening Ceremony Cafeteria
11:00 AM Hacking Begins! Cafeteria
11:00 AM Team Finding 152
12:00 PM Lunch Cafeteria
1:00 PM Intro to Python 156
2:00 PM Intro to Java 153
2:00 PM Intro to Git with GitKraken 152
3:30 PM Intro to CTF 156
4:00 PM Intro to Web Development 152
4:30 PM CTF Begins Cafeteria
5:00 PM Intro to iOS/Swift 153
5:00 PM Rubiks Cube Workshop 152
6:30 PM Dinner Cafeteria
7:00 PM Photo Booth Open Cafeteria
7:30 PM 3D Design and Printing 153
7:30 PM Women in STEM by SiSTEM 156
8:00 PM Intro to Cloud Computing 153
8:30 PM Minute to Win It Challenge 152
9:00 PM Intro to Arduino/Robotics 156
9:30 PM Cup Stacking Gym
10:00 PM Volleyball/Badminton Gym
10:00 PM Spontaneous Engineering Challenge 152
11:00 PM Chess Tournament 153
12:30 AM Midnight Snack Cafeteria
1:00 AM (The first one) Video Games Tournament 152
1:00 AM (The second one) Science Bowl 153
7:00 AM Breakfast Cafeteria
8:00 AM Post CTF Workshop 156
10:00 AM Submissions close, Hacking ends Cafeteria
10:30 AM Judging Begins Cafeteria
12:30 AM Lunch Cafeteria
1:30 PM Top 5 Demos PAC
2:00 PM Closing Ceremony PAC