San Diego's tech industry is booming, but there aren't enough easy-access opportunities for middle and high school students to get involved. Educational initiatives that do exist too often fail to get students excited about technology—instead, they perpetuate misconceptions that coding is too difficult or boring and ultimately deter students from pursuing careers in tech. So how can we introduce greater digital literacy into our communities? It’s simple: bring high-quality coding opportunities to students' doorsteps.

Hack the Wave is a San Diego-based hackathon run for high schoolers, by high schoolers. We invite kids passionate about tech from all over Southern California to come together for 12 hours, where they can build software or hardware projects from scratch and compete for cool prizes. All experience levels are welcome!

Requirements

PROMPT: Make something that is simultaneously useless and high-effort. That is, don't make something like a button that does nothing. Be creative and have fun!

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Prizes

$21,349 in prizes

1st Place

- Item of choice (coming soon)
- 5 years of Taskade Premium
- Sublime Text Premium
- CleanShot X or Pixel Snap licenses
- Club GSAP Premium

2nd Place

- Item of choice (coming soon)
- 5 years of Taskade Premium
- CleanShot X or Pixel Snap licenses
- Club GSAP Premium
- 6 months of Ulysses

3rd Place (2)

- Raspberry Pi Zeros for each member
- 5 years of Taskade Premium
- CleanShot X or Pixel Snap licenses

Best Beginner Hack

- Desmos Swag Pack
- 5 years of Taskade Premium
- CleanShot X or Pixel Snap licenses

Best Design

- 5 years of Taskade Premium
- CleanShot X or Pixel Snap licenses

Organizer's Choice

- 5 years of Taskade Premium
- CleanShot X or Pixel Snap licenses

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Judges

Aiden Bai
Creator, Million.js

Michaela Chang
Intern, Google

Liza Pertseva
PhD Student, Stanford University

Axel OBrien

Axel OBrien
Creator, Fable Factory

Ruchir Mathur

Ruchir Mathur
Engineer, Qualcomm

Lorenzo Ametrano

Lorenzo Ametrano
Founder, Book Club Games

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation
  • Quality/Completeness
  • Uselessness
  • Effort

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