Centennial High School
April 2020


HocoHacks is Howard County's high school hackathon, where students from various middle and high schools across the county will get the opportunity to collaborate on coding projects and compete for prizes. Whether you want to learn to code, or to flex your coding abilities, HocoHacks brings together coders of all different skill sets to collectively promote the knowledge of code. The 6th annual HocoHacks will take place at Centennial High School in April 2020, exact date TBD!


Time Room Event Info
8:30-9:00 AM 600s Hallway Check-In Participants should register online beforehand
9:00 AM 604 Opening Ceremony Let the games begin
9:30 AM 604, 606 Coding Begins Start work on projects
10:00-11:00 AM 605 Java Workshop For learning Java
11:30 AM-12:00 PM 606 Lunch Free pizza
1:30-2:30 PM 605 AppDev Workshop For learning app development
3:30 604, 606 Coding Ends Judging commences
3:30 - 4:30 PM 605 Judging Who will win?
4:30 - 5:00 PM 604 Closing Ceremony Win some prizes

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Hackathon?

A Hackathon is an event that brings novice and experienced coders together in order to create innovative projects involving code.

Do I need to know how to code?

No, you don't! Even if you aren't able to code beforehand, you can attend workshops to learn some code (Java or AppDev), and still submit a project.

Who can attend?

HocoHacks is open to all middle and high school students. However, anyone is welcome to drop by and see what participants are working on.

What's the team limit and what if I don't have a team?

No problem! Many participants arrive without a team, and you can meet and work with new people. You can also choose to work alone. The limit is 3 people per team.

What is the topic and what can I make?

The topic will be revealed on the day of the hackathon (so as to avoid cheating). For your hack, possibilities are websites, mobile or desktop apps, or even hardware projects.

How much does it cost?

HocoHacks is free for all participants! We provide food, beverages, workspaces, and "swag" (free stuff).

What should I bring?

We recommend that you bring a laptop (and your best thinking mind). Laptops aren't required, but it won't be easy to code on lined paper.

Can I use past projects?

Anyone caught working on past projects will be forced to sit in the corner and wear the dunce hat. Don't give yourself an unfair advantage over your fellow competitors.

Will hardware be provided?

Each participant/team must bring his or her own hardware. School computers are off-limits for hackathon use.

How do I win?

The judges are looking for original, innovative, and well-functioning projects. Bonus points for a project with real-world applicability!

Is there a code of conduct?

All normal Howard County school rules apply.

More Questions?

Contact us at hocohacks1@gmail.com!

Interested in sponsoring our hackathon? Contact us at hocohacks1@gmail.com!