Seattle, WA

June 3rd ‒ 4th, 2023

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We are a group of high school students from the Seattle area who were frustrated by the lack of high school level programming events in our area, so we created our own! Our goal with HackPNW is to bring together students to form cross-campus connections, learn from each other, and build on each others' skillsets with real world experience.

HackPNW is the Pacific Northwest’s best two-day in-person hackathon exclusively for high school students. We encourage high school students from around the Pacific Northwest to come and compete for fortune and glory!

There will be code, there will be prizes, and most of all there will be lots of fun! Best of all it's entirely free (including food)!

When: June 3rd and 4th
Where: Northeastern University, Seattle Campus (225 Terry Ave N, Suite 102, Seattle, WA 98109)
Who: Any high school student
Why: because it's fun!





9AM - 10AM

Opening Ceremony

10AM - 11AM

Hacking starts! 11 AM


1PM - 2PM





9AM - 10AM

Submissions due 2PM


2PM - 3PM

Ping Pong


Closing Ceremony

4PM - 5PM


What is a Hackathon?

A hackathon is a sprint-like design event wherein computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers, product managers, project managers, domain experts, and others collaborate intensively on software projects. The goal of a hackathon is to create functioning software or hardware by the end of the event. Hackathons tend to have a specific focus, which can include the programming language used, the operating system, an application, an API, or the subject and the demographic group of the programmers. In other cases, there is no restriction on the type of software being created or the design of the new system.

How much does it cost?

Nothing! HackPNW is 100% free: there will be free drinks, snacks, and dinner provided the first day, make sure to bring lunch for both days or eat out at the many nearby restaurants and cafés.

Who can register?

Any high school student can register! No prior coding experience is necessary at all.

How big are the teams?

Teams should be 2-4 people, you will register alone and find your team on the event day. If you don't with register with a team in mind, we will put you with one on the day.

Will there be prizes?

Yes, there is over 1 thousand dollars worth of prizes to be won including mechanical keyboards, drawing tablets, and drones! There will be three award categories with prizes which will be announced on event day.

Will there be mentors?

Yes! We will have skilled mentors (university students, faculty, and industry professionals) here to help guide you through your projects!

What should I bring?

We recommend you bring a laptop, charger(s) for all your devices, lunch or money to go out for food, and most of all bring a positive mindset and good energy, and you'll have a great time!

Is there parking available?

There is some limited street parking near Northeastern University (street parking rates apply), and there are larger garages nearby if you need to park.

How big is HackPNW?

HackPNW this summer will have 250-300 high school students from across the greater Seattle area!

When is HackPNW?

HackPNW is a 24 hour hackathon on June 3rd - June 4th, at Northeastern University Seattle. It will run from 9am - 8pm on Saturday and 9am - 5pm on Sunday.

Will there be Tech Talks and Workshops?

Yes, of course there will be workshops for you to broaden your programming experience!

Why is there no more team creation on the register page?

Some of our attendees had problems with team creation and ultimately decided it would be better to form teams in-person at the event. If you already have some friends in mind you want to form a team with, they just need to register too and you can form the team on the day :)

I have another question

No problem! You can send us an email at [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible :)

From our last Hackathon

Photo of main event room with attendees sitting at their desk in front of their laptop
Photo of attendees collecting their name tags at the entry
Photo of all attendees
Photo of Attendees playing foosball
Photo of tall Jenga game
Photo of middle room
Photo of main event room with attendees sitting at their desk in front of their laptop


Northeastern University Seattle Campus
University of Washington Bothell
Gonzaga University - School of Engineering & Applied Science

Meet the Team

These are the awesome people that make HackPNW happen!

Will McDonald

Organizer • Co-founder

I'm a junior at the International School in Bellevue. I spend most of my time coding, and if I'm not coding, I enjoy reading old books and planning hackathons.

Ted Guan

Organizer • Co-founder

I'm a junior at the International School in Bellevue. I switch between programming languages and frameworks too often. My Spotify addiction, however, is steadfast. When my eyes inevitably strain, I'm probably out running, biking, or skiing .

Joseph Lyons

Organizer • Lead Developer

A 17 year-old self-taught full-stack web developer from Australia fueled by absurd amounts of caffeine. Aside from the usual nerd stuff like programming and system admin I also enjoy cooking and managing programming-related online spaces for teens.

Bhavya Rajput

Organizer • Social Lead

Hi, I'm a senior at Woodinville high school. When I'm not drowning with home work, I like to make small videos or watch tv. I love watching stand up comedy specials on Netflix or youtube. Other than that I’m playing around with some data or working on a new game or app.

Kaitlin Nguyen


Hi! I'm a senior at Woodinville High School but am also a full time Running Start student at Cascadia. I'm into robotics, playing piano, violin, badminton, and cooking. In my spare time I also enjoy eating persimmons!

Alex DeForrest


Hey there! I'm a sophomore at Puyallup High School, the city where the state fair is. I am a full-stack developer who is also currently pursuing a career at a startup. Reach out with me, I'd love to chat!