• "#firsthack is chock full of useful stuff that your head will be spinning!"

    Students will learn to work in a team, attend workshops that will teach them skills utilizing applications, take notes, research and explore.

  • "This year's #firsthack will completely change your approach to programming and computer science!"

    Mentors will guide students to experience tools and applications, conduct lessons in programming that will cultivate interests in computer science..

  • "If you go to one conference this year, make sure it's #firsthack."

    This is the first conference aimed at elementary students guided by high schoolers creating a win win situation, for all participants and the community.

#firsthack is a day of ground-breaking creativity & innovation event for elementary tech enthusiasts

Introduces young students (6th to 8th grade) to real-world programming challenges by teaming with a high school student to complete tasks to solve a problem. #firsthack teams, powered by their imaginations and mentors, experience a hackathon, discover exciting possibilities in CS, create innovative solutions, present like a pro, learn to understand how applied technology works. Our 2015 event was a huge success. Check out our facebook page to experience the fun of our participants and mentors.

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  • 8:30am - 9:00am Welcome & Registration

    Make sure to bring your signed waivers!

  • 09:00am - 10:00am Snacks

    Food sponsored by TBD.

  • 09:00am - 10:50am Introduction to Programming Workshops

    Learn some cool CS tools and techniques before the Hackathon starts. Hear from coders at Facebook, Google, and more!

  • 11 am #firsthack Begins

    Start hacking, kids!

  • 12pm - 1pm Lunch

    Food sponsored by TBD.

  • 1pm - 2:30pm Advanced CS Concepts Workshops

    Take a break from hacking and come listen to some advanced CS tutorials and workshops.

  • 3:00 PM #firsthack Ends

    Make sure your files are submitted and get away from the keyboards!!

  • 3pm - 4pm Demo's

    Present your awesome work to judges!

  • 4:30pm-5:00pm Awards Ceremony & Speeches

    Come hear the results of the #firsthack, get some swag, and have fun! Parents are welcome.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is technically a marathon software product development event. At #firsthack, it is more of a guided, unique, experience to help you understand Computer Science concepts, tools, see cool tech demos, and hear from industry innovators.

I've never been to a hackathon and I'm nervous.

No need to be. No previous experience is necessary. Above all we guarantee this to be a fun learning experience! Our goal is for you to leave #firsthack having learned something, play with cool gadgets, meet smart techies and last but not least take home some cool swag, swag, and swag.

What if I need to cancel my registration at late notice?

In the event that you need to cancel, please contact us at as soon as possible. We may then be able to accomodate other students from the waiting list. Please look at your schedule carefully to ensure you do not have conflicts.

Is there ample parking at the #firsthack venue?

Short Answer Yes
There are shopping centers at walking distance, that can provide additional parking if need arises. We choose locations that will have easy parking at the location or nearby. Last year we invited young students and parents to attend the key note address and the award ceremony

Which grades do you accept?

We accept all students in the sixth through eighth grade. Exceptions to this rule will be made on a case by case basis. Please contact us at if this is the case. Last year we invited young students and parents to attend the key note address and the award ceremony.

Can homeschooled students register?

Yes. As long as the homeschooled student is in sixth through eighth grade, they are eligible to participate in this year's #firsthack. We welcome them to attend and have a truck load of fun with peers in the community.

Will this cost me money?

To help make this event an awesome learning experience, we require a small fee with the registration. If you are unable to pay, please email

Do parents have to stay for the entire program?

No! Parents must accompany their kids to registration but are not required to stay for the entire event. Regardless, all parents must sign the waiver for the event, located here: #firsthack Participation Waiver

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