Hack  the Heat

August 20-21, 2016

Meet new people, enhance your skills, and immerse yourself in the world of computers and technology.


Hack the Heat is a hackathon created by and for high school students in the Twin Cities metro area. From August 20th to 21st 2016, noon to noon, beginner and advanced participants alike will arrive and stay for 24 hours, working away to create something remarkable. Whether you've never written a line of code or you're a published app developer, Hack the Heat has something to offer for everybody.

540 Lake St, Excelsior, MN 55331


What is a hackathon?

Hackathons are events where people come together to collaborate and create software or hardware.

Does it cost anything to attend?

Admission is $10. This covers everything from merch to food. We also encourage attendees to bring in clothing donations for Metastatic Breast Cancer research.

What makes this hackathon different?

Unlike most hackathons, our event is open to high schoolers of all skill levels, and while friendly competition will be present, growing in skill should be the primary aim for all of our attendees.

How long will the event last?

Hack the Heat will run for 24 hours, from noon to noon. Overnight parking will be available. Adult chaperones will be in attendance at all times.

What's the age limit to attend?

If you are at or between the ages of 12 through 18 years old, which could include incoming college freshmen, you are welcome to attend. If you have any questions or concerns over this policy, email us at hacktheheat@gmail.com.

What should I bring?

Bring your computer and a mouse. If you plan on sleeping, bring a sleeping bag, pillow, and toothbrush. Desktop PCs and monitors in addition to laptops are allowed. Food and drink will be provided. If you have a food allergy, you are advised to bring your own snacks.

I don't know how to code! Should I still come?

Definitely! This will be the perfect place to learn. Here at Hack the Heat there will be multiple workshops and tutorials for those of all skill levels, especially those who don't know how to code.

Is this similar to CodeDay?

Yes! Like CodeDay, Hack the Heat is open to high school students of all skill levels, regardless of prior knowledge. Unlike CodeDay however, we'll be providing access to Amazon Echos, electronics kits, Arduinos, and other fun stuff if you feel like making something even more unique!

Where will I sleep?

Those who plan to sleep can do so anywhere throughout the venue. Make sure to bring a sleeping bag and pillow.


Thanks to our generous sponsors for making this event possible!

Event Updates

Hack the Heat: Major Success!

Hack the Heat has now passed, and it went fantastically! We were absolutely floored by the strong turnout. HUGE thanks to everyone who attended and helped out. Especially our mentors and judges! We couldn't have done it without all of you! To hear about our next event when it's ready to be announced, enter your email at the top of the page.

Hack the Heat Devpost

For all of our attendees, you can submit your project and view the judging criteria at our Devpost here. You can also find our judges and other cool stuff.

Prize giveaway!

Thanks to Starkey Hearing Technologies, one of our generous sponsors, we'll be giving away a pair of custom-made Tunz headphones to one of our attendees. All individuals and team members who worked on a project that's been submitted to our Devpost by the end of the event will be a part of the random drawing. Further details will be announced at the event.

Late-night Developer Q&A!

We're excited to announce that during the event at midnight, we'll be participating in a Skype call with multiple professional software developers from throughout the world! Attendees will get the chance to ask whatever they want about the current state of the industry and how they can best prepare for it.

Hack the Heat + Team Judy

Hack the Heat is proud to announce a partnership with Team Judy - an organization dedicated to assisting the research of treatment for metastatic breast cancer. All attendeees of Hack the Heat are asked to bring in some spare clothing, which will be exchanged for monetary funds toward cancer research at the University of Minnesota.