RSVP form is due by 11:59PM on April 20. If you do not RSVP by this date, we cannot guarantee you a spot, so if you have not registered yet for the event at, do so prior to April 19th!

Launch Hacks is a 24 hour, 200-participant hackathon hosted by Monta Vista High School students. Our goal is to bring high school students in the Bay Area together to convert ideas into reality. In addition to helping students improve their design and development skills, we also provide support to help students improve business and presentation skills- not just to pitch a successful project, but also to inspire the next generation of inventors, entrepreneurs, and leaders. Food, workshops, prizes, and swag will be provided to all participants for free!


All high school students are welcome!


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Your Submission must: (a) be your (or your Team or Organization’s) original work product; (b) be solely owned by you, your Team or Organization with no other person or entity having any right or interest in it; and (c) not violate the intellectual property rights or other rights including but not limited to copyright, trademark, patent, contract, and/or privacy rights, of any other person or entity. An Entrant may contract with a third party for technical assistance to create the Submission provided the Submission components are solely the Entrant’s work product and the result of the Entrant’s ideas and creativity, and the Entrant owns all rights to them. An Entrant may submit a Submission that includes the use of open source software or hardware, provided the Entrant complies with applicable open source licenses and, as part of the Submission, creates software that enhances and builds upon the features and functionality included in the underlying open source product. By entering the Hackathon you represent, warrant, and agree that your Submission meets these requirements.

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1st Place

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2nd Place

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3rd Place

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Best Pitch

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Best Design

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Best Beginner Project

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Best .TECH Domain

$200 Amazon Gift Card

Best Use of Hasura

$100 Amazon Gift Card

Best Web Security Project

4 months of Premium CloudSploit Plan (AWS Security)
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Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


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Judging Criteria

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  • LaunchHacks Judging Criteria April 27-28, 2019 | 42 Silicon Valley Categories Overview: Winning categories are split into two general sections: Overall Prizes and Special Prizes.
    Note: You may still win a prize even if you did not qualify for these categories. Prizes are chosen based on your team's total points value.
  • Overall Prizes include the traditional categories (1st/2nd/3rd place) as well as other general categories such as Best Design. A weighted point scale will be used to assign prize points to each valid submission (Specific point designation TBA).
  • 1st/2nd/3rd Place
    Best projects overall, with equal weight in all criteria.
  • Best Design
    Most outstanding project in the design criteria category, which includes emphasis in the topics of usability, user experience/interaction design, scalability, overall experience, and performance optimization.
  • Best Pitch
    While the project itself may not be award-winning, this category aims to reward teams with the most compelling presentation. We would like to promote the development of outstanding ideas and concepts, no matter how unrealistic or crazy they may seem!
  • Best Beginner Project
    Best project created by a team comprised of first-time hackathon participants.
  • Projects with special attributes
    Add. points shall be awarded to submissions that have outstanding attributes.
  • Special Prizes are provided by our sponsors and have a specific criteria to meet. Teams can win both a Special Prize and an Overall Prize, but cannot win two prizes in the same category.
  • Best Use of .tech Domain
    Best project that is hosted on a website ending in .tech.
  • Best Use of Hasura
    Best project that uses the Hasura API.
  • Best examples of web security
    Best project that exemplifies web security.

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