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Hack Pennsylvania

January 19–20, 2019, 111 hackers came together for Pennsylvania’s largest high school hackathon.

92% of attendees were attending their first hackathon. They created 40+ innovative projects. 41% were first-time coders, & 96% said they’d continue after the event.

Though technology opportunities are abound on the coasts, we set a new precedent of what making looks like for young people—from the snowy woods of central PA.


Three workshops taught the basics of making attendees’ first websites, games, & even a web-based synthesizer.

Students at the website workshop
Students at the website workshop
OfficeBot team
OfficeBot team

This team made OfficeBot, a rolling robot to play relevant “The Office” quotes anytime.

  • Ice cream at midnight? Yep. 🍦
  • 2am dance party? We did it. 💃
  • Hacking while 2ft of snow fell outside? You bet. 🌨
Students working

Selected projects



ZEITMike’s TV & ApplianceInvent Penn StateLinodeAGI1PasswordLambda SchoolRepl.itThink CompanyBen Franklin Technology PartnersHack Club Bank

Additional support from

SketchNotion.tech DomainsExpressVPN


  • Lachlan

    Lachlan Campbell Founder, lead. they/them

  • Joy

    Joy Liu Co-founder, marketing. she/her

  • Zane

    Zane Davis-Barrs Software. he/him

  • Matthew

    Matthew Stanciu Operations. he/him

  • Jasmine

    Jasmine Cao Marketing. she/her

  • Theo

    Theo Bleier Operations. he/him

Special thanks

  • Zach

    Zach Latta Guest judge, coach for leadership, speaker. he/him

  • Max

    Max Wofford Guest judge from Hack Club, mentor. he/him

  • Jared

    Jared Yarnall-Schane Guest judge from Happy Valley LaunchBox. he/him

  • Melody

    Melody Starling Games workshop teacher, mentor. they/them

  • Chris

    Chris Walker JavaScript workshop teacher, mentor. he/him

  • Mingjie

    Mingjie Jiang Tireless mentor. he/him

  • Michael

    Michael Destefanis Hack Club Bank hero, amazing helper. he/him

  • Jim

    Jim Maund Venue coordinator from Church of the Good Shepherd. he/him

Full team photo