A 24-Hour Coding Event for High Schoolers of All Skill Levels

Hack the Heat is a 24 hour student-run summer hackathon, aimed at giving high-school students an opportunity to collaborate, design, and build awesome apps and gadgets, all for the chance to win excellent prizes! Unlike most hackathons, our event is open to high schoolers of all skill levels, and while friendly competition will be present, growing in skill should be the primary aim for all of our attendees. 

For more information, and to sign up, please visit our website at hacktheheat.net.

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$245 in prizes

Top Overall

Best Web App

Best Mobile App

Best Game

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


All students age 12-18 are eligible to attend Hack the Heat.

You must register in advance on our website, hacktheheat.net in order to attend. 

This is an in person hackathon, so you must be present to participate.


John Kelly

John Kelly
Director of Software Development at SPS Commerce

Brent Stineman

Brent Stineman
Global ISV, Azure Architecture Specialist at Microsoft

Dominic Smith

Dominic Smith
Software Engineer at Target

Gregory Thompson

Gregory Thompson
Software Engineering Manager at Intercomp Company

Judging Criteria

  • Frontend (UX/UI)
    Apps will be judged on their overall user experience/interface. This is an important aspect, as effective apps should be intuitive and easy to use.
  • Backend
    Judges will take into account the "behind the scenes" work that went into your app. This focuses mainly on the server side aspects of the app.
  • Use Case
    Application's ability to effectively solve a problem.
  • Creativity
  • Overall Impression