We are back with (virtual) MenloHacks 5.1, one of the most popular in-person hackathon in the Bay Area. Started in 2016, MenloHacks 5.1 is the latest iteration of the MenloHacks 24-hour hackathon, except we're going virtual one more time. Every year, more than 250 high school students come together to produce a wide array of amazing projects using the simple power of coding. Over the years, MenloHacks has always included top-notch support, workshops, and food. Our judges have included Former Apple SVP of iOS Scott Forstall and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki.

Our website is at https://2021.menlohacks.com/



Ages: High School (College/Middle School Participants should check-in with the organisers at the event).

Team Size: Up to 4

Countries: Any! Virtual Hackathon!


Make your project, submit your hack to Devpost, record a 1 minute demo and present to our panel of judges to show off what you built. You must make a demo, present and submit on Devpost in order to be eligible for prizes. You must also include the Discord Usernames of the whole team in the submission.

After the project is sumitted to Devpost, we will add you to the judging schedule, and contact you with a 5 minute timeslot for presentation during the scheduled judging. This 5 minute slot can be used to give a presentation, or to show a video of 5 minutes or less. We recommend you leave at least a minute or two for QnA with the judges.


Hackathon Sponsors


$2,565 in prizes

First Place

$500 Cash Prize

Second Place

$300 Cash Prize

Third Place

$200 Cash Prize

Best Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning

$100 Cash Prize

Best All-Girls Team

$100 Cash Prize

Best Hardware

$100 Cash Prize

echoAR: Best AR/VR Application

PRIZES: By creating a project with echoAR you will enter to win:

1. A $50 Amazon gift card (per team);
2. 3-month free Business Tier access (per team member); and
3. Selected projects will be featured on our “Inspiration” page

MLH: Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Register a .tech, .space, or .online domain name using Domain.com during the weekend.

Prize: PowerSquare Qi Wireless Chargers and Backpacks

MLH: Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key (2)

Build a hack using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator. We will select two winning teams for this category.

Prize: Grove Beginner Kit

Honorable Mentions (3)

$50 Cash Prize

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Diaz Nesamoney

Diaz Nesamoney
Founder & CEO, Jivox

Harpinder Singh

Harpinder Singh
General Partner, Innovation Endeavors

Byron Deeter

Byron Deeter
Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners

Fred Wang

Fred Wang
Partner, Adams Street Partners

Joe Beninato

Joe Beninato
Co-Lead At X, Moonshot Factory

Stacey Bishop

Stacey Bishop
Partner, Scale Venture Partners

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
  • Technical Difficulty
  • Execution
  • Presentation
  • Real World Usefulness

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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