River Dell's Annual Hackathon

The event is entirely student-run and organized by the Invention Club and Girls Who Code Club at River Dell High School. Since 2016, Hack River Dell has been among the few premier hackathons exclusively organized by and for high school students. Last year’s inaugural 24-hour hackathon brought together close to 100 high school students from all over the tristate area to build some insanely cool projects. A complete list of hacks from last year’s event can be seen on the Devpost site. More photos from the event are posted on the Facebook page. Read about Hack River Dell 2017 here.

People Working
HackRD Poster
People Working



What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a coding event in which teams "hack" together to create an awesome project like a game, website, or app. Hackathons are a great way to learn more about coding, meet new people, and most importantly build something cool! Check out "What is a hackathon?" by Dave Fontenot to learn more.

What should I bring?

You need to bring a laptop or desktop computer, acceptable photo ID (i.e. a school ID, driver's license, passport, etc.), phone, charging cables, powerstrips, and any hardware you plan on using. We also recommend bringing a refillable water bottle. Most importantly, do not forget to bring a signed event waiver. You will NOT be admitted into the event without one!

How do teams work?

At Hack River Dell, you can either come and hack on your own or come with a team. While there is no limit to the number of people on a team, we recommend teams of up to 5 people. However, if your team wins, we will only be able to award up to five prizes per team regardless of your actual team size. If you want to work with a team, but don't have one, we can help find one for you at the event. But, do not be discouraged to work on your own if you want to.

What if I don't know how to code?

No problem! The goal of Hack River Dell is to get everyone involved, and we especially encourage beginners to attend. Hackathons are great places to come and learn more about coding for first timers. Hack River Dell has many workshops where you can learn, and there will be mentors that can provide assistance when you need it.

What can I win?

At Hack River Dell, there are many different ways you can win cool prizes, whether it's the grand prize, a mini-event, or a giveaway. However, we're keeping our prizes under wraps for now. But, we'll just say they're pretty cool.

How much is it to attend?

Hack River Dell is completely free, including free food, swag, and prizes! Please note that we cannot reimburse travel expenses this year.


Time Event Location
8:00 am Check-In Front Lobby
9:30 am Opening Ceremony Auditorium
High Noon Lunch Cafeteria
1:00 pm Workshop 1 Room tbd
3:30 pm Workshop 2 Room tbd
6:00 pm Dinner Cafeteria
10:00 pm Smash Tournament Room tbd