MLH Official - Spring 2016

GunnHacks 2.0

Friday–Saturday, March 25–26, 2016, 7 pm–7 pm in Palo Alto, CA

Make, Build, Create & Learn. It’s GunnHacks 2.0, Gunn’s 24-hour high school hackathon.

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What is a hackathon?

Hackathons are where your crazy idea becomes reality. Students work in teams of up to five for 24 hours to create something amazing. Build anything—there are no restrictions on what you can create. Dive in and make the most incredible thing you can alongside fellow creators.

Who can attend?

All current high school students from any high school are eligible. Unfortunately, we are unable to allow middle school students to attend this time around.

What if I don’t know how to code?

All students regardless of coding ability or experience are welcome. Hackathons are a great place to learn, so come and build your first app, website, or anything else! We’ll also have workshops for you to start off or learn something new.

What can I build?

Web, mobile, hardware, you name it—any type of project is welcome. Projects will be judged based on creativity, technical difficulty, polish, and utility by a panel of industry judges.

How big should teams be? Can I hack alone?

We highly encourage you to build with a team. Teamwork is deeply rooted in the hacking ethos, and you’ll have a better time building with your brightest peers. Teams shall consist of no more than five people. But don’t worry if you don’t have a team before the event—we will have a team-formation session Friday night.

What if I don’t have a team or an idea?

No problem! Many hackers do not have a fully-formed team or hack concept before the event begins. We will be hosting team-forming activities after hacking begins to help you find the perfect match. If you’re a first-time hacker, there will be many others looking for team members with whom you can work.

How much does it cost?

GunnHacks will cost you zero, zil, nada. Just get yourself here, and we will provide you with WiFi, meals, swag, and workspace for the entire event.

Do I have to work the whole time?

No, not at all! We will have dedicated sleeping areas and other fun activities for when you need to take a break.

Where is GunnHacks?

GunnHacks 2.0 will be held at Henry M. Gunn High School. You can park in the main parking lot and look for signs to the event.

What is the schedule like?

Check back soon for a more detailed schedule. The event will run from 7 pm Friday to 7 pm Saturday.

How do I apply?

Applications are now closed. You should have receive a decision by approximately 6:28 PT on Monday, March 14 if you applied on time by Friday, March 11. Let us know at if this isn’t the case.

What should I bring?

All attendees are required to bring their valid student ID (or equivalent school ID) for admission. Bring laptops, phones, chargers, and any other tech you need for the weekend. Sleeping bags and toiletries are also highly recommended.

Is there a Code of Conduct?

Yes! We want everyone to feel welcome at our event. To that end, all attendees must agree to and abide by the MLH Code of Conduct. Generally, be nice, respectful, and courteous to others.

I’m interested in mentoring! How can I get involved?

Yay! Shoot us an email at

What if I have another question?

We love questions! Please feel free to reach out to us at


6 pm – Doors Open
6:15 pm – Light Refreshments are Served
7 pm – Registration
7:15 pm – Keynote and Introduction
7:45 pm – Team-Formation Session
8 pm – Hacking Begins
8:10 pm – Interaction Design Workshop
9:10 pm – How Startups Work Workshop by Make School
10:10 pm – Design Hacks for Programmers Workshop by Make School


12 midnight – Midnight Surprise
8 am – Breakfast is Served
10 am – Cup Stacking
12 noon – Lunch is Served
2 pm – Demos sign up
4:15 – Hacking Ends
4:30 pm – Demos → Judges Deliberate
6 pm – Awards / Closing Ceremony
7 pm – Clean Up and Doors Close



We’re currently finalizing our sponsor list! Check out our sponsorship packet below, and shoot us an email at to see how you can get involved.