What can you make in 12 hours
that could change the world?

8am-8pm CST on March 2nd, 2024 @ Naperville North High School

Registration is closed!

Hack For the World is a 12-hour hackathon for high-schoolers. Students from across the Chicagoland area will come for the weekend, teaming up (or going solo) to build an app, game, or website. We’ll provide free meals & drinks. In the evening, judges will pick the best projects to demo for everyone and win prizes. There'll be raffles and giveaways throughout the event as well! You’ll meet people, create amazing new things, & most importantly, have fun.

Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost?
Nothing! Registration and attendance are 100% free, with meals, drinks, swag, & workshops included. So we can keep the event free for all, donations of any size would be greatly appreciated!
Who can participate?
Any current student grades 9–12. If you’re under that age, send an email to us here.
Hacking!? Is that safe?
Hold up! No, we’re not “hacking” servers or databases. The word is being constructively re-defined as building things—apps, games, websites, etc. At HackFTW, it’s all safe, supervised, & entirely educational.
What if I’m new to coding?
At HackFTW, complete beginners are not only welcome, but expected! Learn as you go with our intro workshops & mentors.
What if I can already code?
HackFTW is for you, too! We welcome (and have prizes for) absolute beginners, experts, & everyone in between.
Do I need a team?
Nope! You’ll have an opportunity to meet fellow hackers and make teams of up to 4; find some new friends, bring yours, or work alone.
What should I bring?
Plan to bring a student ID, computer (any kind), chargers, and anything else for your hack (e.g. hardware and peripherals).
Who runs this? Is it supervised?

We’re independently-organized by high schoolers in the Naperville area, mainly Naperville North Computer Science Club members. It’s fully supervised by adult mentors & chaperones.
What can I make?
Join us for an out of this world hackathon with the theme Intergalactic! Dive into the vastness of space as you innovate and create projects that push the boundaries of technology and exploration. Whether you are making the next big space app, designing alien worlds, or coding satellites, your ideas have no limits in this space based challenge!
What are you waiting for? Registration is closed!