36 hours. $7000 on the line. What will you make?

March 19-21, 2021

DVHacks III is the third iteration of Dougherty Valley High School's premier hackathon. Year after year, we've maintained a standard of quality and excellence at our events, pushing our participants to make interesting, complex, and creative projects each time. With a year-by-year attendance increase of 150 people, we expect this to be the biggest, baddest DVHacks yet.


Yes - we realize every hackathon tells you to make whatever you want. But at the same time, most hackathons weight the market viability and community impact of your projects as well. Deviating from that norm, we aren't accounting for practicality in our rubric outside of the Social Good prize. By ignoring pragmatism, we truly want to see you come up with the most creative, technically complex projects you can and let your maker run free.

Mentor-Led Track

We know that it's really hard to get started with hackathons - especially during a pandemic! That's why the staff of the Dougherty Valley Hack Club is going to be conducting a mentor-led hackathon track! The team will walk newer participants through how to come up with an idea, how to approach different ideas, and will in general "hold your hand" throughout your first-ish hackathon. We hope that everyone, regardless of experience level, feels comfortable hacking.


As most people have already realized, running an online hackathon reduces costs considerably. We've taken the costs we'd normally spend on our system for prizing is unique from that of other hackathons, but it's also what makes our hackathon worth attending! Check the about section for more information. In the meantime, this is what we'll be offering for anyone impressive enough to climb their way to the top of the heap.

In addition to whatever is listed below, we'll also send you a swag pack if you win any award :)

  • General Awards
    (awarded per-person)

    1st place $200 Visa Gift Card and 1 pick from the pool 2nd place $100 Visa Gift Card and 1 pick from the pool 3rd place $50 Visa Gift Card and 1 pick from the pool

  • Special Awards

    Best Mobile 1 pick from the pool per person Best Web 1 pick from the pool per person Best Hardware 1 pick from the pool per person Best Social Good 1 pick from the pool per person Best Beginner 1 pick from the pool per person

Learn more about the prize pool on the about page!


  • Laura

    Laura Drabik Chief Evangelist @ Guidewire

  • Zach

    Zach Latta CEO @ Hack Club


We're still in the process of finalizing our workshop selection - check back at a later date for the finalized list!

Mentor Track

This will be led by mentors from the Dougherty Valley HS Hack Club in small, workshop-style groups. However, we're still waiting to confirm the specifics of this track! More information will be released as we get closer to the event.


  • How much does it cost to attend? DVHacks is 100% free for all of its competitors! All you need is a working device to code on and communicate with us on, and you're off to the races :)

  • Who's eligible to compete? We're currently accommodating any students in grade 6-12. Due to the odd circumstances of COVID-19 last year, we'll also be opening registration to undergraduate freshmen.

  • What can I make? Anything! A website, app, game, hardware hack, you name it. Judges will rate projects on creativity, technical skill demonstrated, polish, and utility.

  • How do teams work? You’ll have an opportunity to meet fellow hackers and make teams of up to 4 — find some new friends, bring yours, or work alone. If you choose to make your own team, you can have up to (but not more than) 4 people.

  • Can I compete if I'm outside of the US? Internationals are allowed to compete! However note that if we end up wanting to ship you something, you may be on the hook for overseas shipping.

  • My question isn't on here... No problem! Feel free to email at info@dvhacks.tech, and we'll try to answer your inquiries at our earliest convenience.


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We're an event primarily organized by students from Dougherty Valley High School. Here's just a couple of the people that make DVHacks what it is!

  • Deeya

    Deeya Bodas Lead Director

  • Joy

    Joy Ying Sponsorship Director

  • Anirudh

    Anirudh Iyer Marketing Director

  • Rachit

    Rachit Bandaram Logistics Director