PilotPhilly will provide students the opportunity to gain valuable feedback and contact with startups, mentors, and other motivated students while learning and competing. Our goal is to promote intensive collaboration on an innovative software project in an environment that is educational, social, and competitive.
PilotPhilly is a Pilot-run event. Pilot is a national organization focused on giving students the ability to turn their ideas in real apps and products.
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Saturday, November 9
|1pm||Kickoff + Keynote|
|12am||Raffle + Midnight Snack|
Sunday, November 10
|3am||Early Morning Snack|
|7am||Early Bird Breakfast|
|10am||Late Riser Breakfast|
|3pm||Judging + Awards|
|4pm||Go Home + Sleep|
A hackathon is an event when people who are always thinking up new ideas come together for a weekend and collaborate to build them. Entrepreneurs, designers, and developers work in teams to create hacks and apps for web or mobile platforms - in our case, these creators are high school students.
PilotPhilly is open to all high school students! Coding experience is not required. You aren't required to have ever attended a hackathon before: we will have tech talks beforehand so you can ramp up quickly. You can come with a team or come alone - there will be a place for you.
Don't worry, we're all here to learn something new. There will be plenty of people trying something for the first time, and many people who will be willing to help you out.
PilotPhilly is open to all high school students - not just those in Philly!
Nope! We will have sessions to help people find team members and/or form teams, as well as an idea generation workshop to help people think of ideas to work on for the hackathon. So you should sign up regardless!
Register online prior to the event here. When you arrive at PilotPhilly, check in at our registration table!
Once you arrive, for safety reasons, you will not be allowed to leave until the end of the hackathon. There will be spaces for you to sleep if you would like to.
No. Contestants are not allowed to work on their apps prior to the event. If you want to prepare for the hackathon, focus on gaining experience with and knowledge of the tool you hope to use to build your application.
Yes. The only thing you need to worry about is building your app; let us take care of the rest. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and plenty of drinks will be provided throughout the competition at no cost to participants. We will be providing vegetarian options as well. If you have a specific food allergy or other specific need, contact us and we'll try to find a way to make it work for you.
Laptop and charger, extension cord, cellphone and charger, change of clothes, toothbrush, photo ID.
We are working out the exact details, but teams will demo their projects to the judges Sunday afternoon. Our panel of judges will rate your app based on creativity, technical difficulty, polish, and usefulness.
Sunday, November 10, 3pm.
You can have a maximum of four (4) students on your team.
A lot. Enough said.