About MenloHacks

Welcome Back Hackers.

We are back with MenloHacks 5.1, one of the most popular in-person hackathon in the Bay Area. Started in 2016, MenloHacks 5.1 is the latest iteration of the MenloHacks 24-hour hackathon. Every year, more than 250 high school students come together to produce a wide array of amazing projects using the simple power of coding. Over the years, MenloHacks has always included top-notch support, workshops, and food. Our judges have included Former Apple SVP of iOS Scott Forstall and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki.

Check out our virtual hackathon that we organized on May 2020 that we partnered with PilotCity in response to COVID-19.

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Our Timetable



10:00 - 11:00 AM

Opening Ceremony

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Hacking Begins!

12:00 PM


1:00 PM


6:30 PM

Movie Night

10:00 PM

Midnight Snack

12:00 AM


8:00 AM

Hacking Ends!

12:00 PM


12:15 - 12:45 PM

Judging and Closing Ceremony

12:45 - 3:00 PM

Go Home and Sleep

3:00 PM

Got Questions?

Frequently Asked Questions

In this context, the word "hack" means to create. A hackathon is an event where people come together for 24 hours to make something using the wonders of technology. But, the goal of a hackathon isn't just to create something: it's also to learn. Hackathons are the time to experiment with new technologies, APIs, SDKs, or learn to code from scratch.

Anyone currently in high school is eligible to apply.

None at all. Hackathons are a fantastic place to learn and get advice from experienced hackers. We'll also host plenty of workshops and have plenty of mentors so by the end of the 24 hours you'll have a working project even if you haven't coded a day in your life before. We also host a prize for best beginner hack.

A sum total of $0.00.

Up to 4 people.

All accepted hackers will be given an invitation to a Discord group which can be used to find teammates. Additionally, the event will feature a team-forming event. Obviously, if you have friends going to the event, you are welcome to just team up with them; however, it is often more fun to code with new people.

Yes, there is. Nothing too out of the ordinary though. Generally, be nice to others. If you want the full guide, we are using the MLH code of conduct which can be found here.

Shoot us an email at hello@menlohacks.com

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