A hackathon by students, for students.

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Come code with us!

Are you a school student who wants to test their coding skills?

Want to show off what you know?

Want to learn, code, and have the chance to get free swag and maybe win an award?

Come to def hacks()! We have cookies :)

The def hacks() movement is spreading

Though our first event was held in the middle of New York City, our passion has spread across America. We have organizing teams in the following locations, each of which is establishing their own def hacks() hackathon. Click through for more information on each.

New York Boston California Seattle London



What is def hacks()?

It's a hackathon meant only for high school and college students founded by high school students. We want to give everyone the opportunity to test their coding skills and develop new ones, while also getting the chance to eat, network, and get free swag.

What exactly *is* a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event, typically lasting several hours (or even days), in which a large number of people meet to code and show off their products. You can find a longer explanation here!

What happens if I can't code?

You learn!
We are open to hackers of all coding levels, whether you've never heard of a function or you've made millions off of apps in the App Store. We will provide mentors and workshops so that everyone can complete an application to submit.

What do I need to bring, in terms of equipment and money?

You should bring your own computer and charger, some form of identification, excitement :D, and power strips (recommended).
This event costs nothing--each hacker will be provided with food, swag, and FUNFUNFUN.

Who can attend?

Any student still in high school or college is welcome to attend! However, if you aren't in high school or college or if you need help convincing your parents, you can email us about your situation at hello@defhacks.io. You do not have to be from the US (but we don't provide travel reimbursement).

How do the teams work?

We recommend working in a team, but you have the option to work as an individual. Teams are limited to 4 people––try to work with someone new!

I know a company that wants to sponsor, what should I tell them?

Fantabulous! Tell them to contact us at hello@defhacks.io

Can I be a mentor at def hacks()?

Of course! The more help the better! Just email us at hello@defhacks.io with your level of experience with coding and your level of education. We will then email you with what to do from there.


Don't hesitate to email us at hello@defhacks.io! We wil try to answer your questions as best as we can :)

Who We Are

  • Aram is the cofounder of the open-source student research database Scicademy. In his free time, Aram enjoys biking, coding, and reading self-help books and hopes to enter the field of technology entrepreneurship in his future.

    Aram Baghdassarian

    Cofounder and President

  • Robert spent his last summer at the University of Pennsylvania in their ESAP Computer science program. He is the president of NY DECA, and will be studying Computer Science at Finance at the University of Pennsylvania's Jerome Fisher Management and Technology Program in the fall.

    Robert Epstein

    Cofounder and CEO

  • Jonathan is a freshman at Cornell University. He is studying Policy Analysis and Management with a business minor. He is on the Executive Board of Tamid Group, a consulting and finance club on campus. He hopes to pursue a career in business and enjoys biking, skiing, and tennis.

    Jonathan Epstein


  • Becca is a junior at The Overlake School. She is a fellow in the Perkel Lab at the University of Washington where she designs hardware to measure the biomechanical balancing mechanisms of birds and writes data acquisition programs in Python. Her past experience also includes commercial website design at cloud business applications company Acumatica.

    Becca Roskill


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