date_range February 29 & March 1

Event Ended

Welcome to Hacks Academy.

Hacks Academy is a free 24-hour coding event where 100 student programmers, artists, designers, & high schoolers of other interests converge from the greater Cleveland area to build apps & games. We'll be providing beginner workshops, mentors, snacks, & places to rest. Students projects will be judged after they have a chance to demo and the best projects will win prizes.

Hacks Academy will begin at 9:00 AM on Saturday, February 29 and will end at 12:00 PM on Sunday, March 1, 2020.


No, we’re not “hacking” servers or databases. The word is being constructively re-defined as building things—apps, games, websites, etc. At Hacks Academy, it’s all safe, supervised, & entirely educational.


This is a tentative schedule of Hacks Academy. We'll have a variety of workshops for beginners to get you started, as well as a few intermediate workshops to help you learn even more!


9:00 AM Registration Opens
9:30 AM Opening Ceremony
10:15 AM Into The Clouds With Your First Website!
11:30 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Building a web app with Flaskinni
2:30 PM Create your first game with Construct 3
4:00 PM Collaborative coding with GitHub
6:30 PM Dinner
9:00 PM Cupstacking Challenge!


12:00 AM Midnight Snack
1:00 AM SSHTron Tournament!
7:30 AM Breakfast
10:00 AM Project Submission Deadline
10:05 AM Judging Begins
11:15 AM Awards Ceremony
12:00 PM Event Ends


See some of the most asked questions about our event

Who can participate?

Any current student grades 8-12. You don’t need to know anything about hacking or coding — you just need an open and curious mind and a will to do good in the world!

What can I create?

The theme and judges' rubric will be announced at the opening ceremony. You can submit any sort of app, game, website or software you can imagine.

How much does it cost?

Nothing! Registration and attendance are 100% free, with food, snacks, drinks, swag, & workshops included.

What if I’m new to coding?

Complete beginners are not only welcome, but expected! Learn as you go with our intro workshops & mentors.

What if I can already code?

Hacks Academy 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 5—find some new friends, bring yours, or work alone.

What should I bring?

You will need to sign a permission form that will be emailed to you. Plan to bring a student ID, computer (any kind), chargers, anything for your project (e.g. hardware), toiletries, a water bottle, & a sleeping bag (if you plan on sleeping).

Who runs this? Is it supervised?

Hacks Academy is organized by Gilmour Academy, partnered with Execute Big, a non-profit organization dedicated to running programs like this. It is fully supervised by adult chaperones, faculty, and student organizers.


Execute Big is a student-run non-profit organization under Hack Club that helps educational institutions run innovative, purpose-driven events impacting their local communities.


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Join our class on Remind.com to receive important texts and emails about Hacks Academy. You can also text @hacksacad to the number 81010 to get started.