Are you a student interested in computer science, programming, or design? Do you want to create your own project and have the chance to win prizes? PioneerHacks IV is the perfect opportunity for you! Work with experienced mentors, learn from our workshops, and get the chance to meet industry professionals—no matter what experience you have!

After a legacy of impactful in-person hackathons that each attracted hundreds of students across the San Francisco Bay Area, PioneerHacks has once again returned in the form of PioneerHacks IV, a student-run, in-person hackathon. We're excited to announce that PioneerHacks IV is open to all high school students across the Bay Area!

Sign up today here on Devpost AND fill out the Google Form at to officially join!


Please submit a link to the GitHub repository of your project!

Teams will be presenting their projects towards the end of the event.

Hackathon Sponsors


$8,480 in prizes

First Place

First place wins a 100 dollar cash prize, per team member! Teams can be up to 4 people, so a team can win up to 400 dollars!

Second Place

Second place wins Snapchat Spectacles! 140 dollars value each, and one per team member. See the world through Snapchat's innovative AR technology. Note: the particular model we have for you is no longer being sold.

Third Place

Third place takes home the HyperX Fury Ultra performance gaming mousepad, 55 dollar value each. Whether a resident gamer or casual developer, this equipment is sure to level up your home setup.

Best Beginner Hack

For the people stepping into the world of dev ops for the first time--we thank you for coming out and trying something new! As a special reward, the best project by a beginner team wins HyperX Cloudstinger headsets for everyone in your team, 50 dollar cash value each!

Most Innovative

Along with the one-year subscription to WolframAlpha Pro, the Most Innovative award comes with up to four Art of Problem Solving coupons, worth $25 each, courtesy of our sponsors at AOPS! Thank you AOPS!

WolframAlpha (5)

Courtesy of our sponsors over at WolframAlpha, the top 2 scoring teams along with awards for Most Innovative, Best Health Hack, and Best Design will receive 1-year Wolfram Pro subscriptions ($60 a year) and 1-year Wolfram One subscriptions ($290 a year).

Everyone at the hackathon will have open access to WolframAlpha's API for one month! Thank you WolframAlpha!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


PHIV Judges

PHIV Judges

Judging Criteria

  • Execution
    How outstanding is your project? Does it feature advanced technologies? How well does it stand out from other submissions?
  • Practicality
    Does you application solve a clear problem? Is your application ready for deployment? How realistic is it?
  • Creativity
    How original is your project? Has it been done before? Does it use new, emerging technologies?
  • Polish
    How attractive is your project? Is it mostly free of bugs/errors? Is it fully complete?

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