HackUC is a 24 hour high school hackathon hosted by the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools, a district composed of five schools spanning a variety of subjects from engineering and computer science to health and performing arts. Located in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, we welcome all high schoolers!


  • Open to all current high school students.
  • Teams are between 1 and 4 participants.

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$3,696 in prizes

First Place (4)

Win an Apple Series 2 Smartwatch and $50 in gift cards for each member of your team!

Second Place (3)

Win a Razer Black Widow keyboard and a $25 Chick-fil-A Gift Card for each member of your team!

Third Place (4)

Win a $35 Amazon Gift Card for each member of your team!

Honorable Mentions (8)

Amazon gift cards worth a total of $40 per team will be disbursed to three teams who did not win one of the three major prizes, but whose projects were still worthy of an honorable mention.

ARK Cryptocurrency (2)

Create an ARK.io related project by learning about ARK through workshops and mentors at the hackathon. Win up $250-$500 in ARK Cryptocurrency!

DotTech Domains (4)

The team that creates the best project with a .Tech domain wins a $250 Amazon gift card!

Best Startup Hack (4)

Hackers that develop the project most likely to succeed as a startup each receives a Syma X5C 2.4G 6-Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter Drone.

Best Beginner Hack (4)

Winners who show the most development from little knowledge will each receive $2000 Makeschool scholarships.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

  1. Fill out our 3-minute form here.
  2. After you're done, make sure to download the waiver here. Email it to contact@hackuc.com or bring it on the day of the event.


Ryan Wilson

Ryan Wilson

Jacqueline Gerstein

Jacqueline Gerstein

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
  • Use of Available Resources
  • Creativity

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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