Make School is hosting an app competition for high school and college students!

The winner will receive an all expenses paid trip to San Francisco to tour Google, Airbnb, and fast growing startups, have dinner with a high profile entrepreneur/investor, and get product coaching from Make School founders and instructors!

Additional prizes include promotion of your app to a 300k person audience, a gaming console, a drone with high resolution camera, and discounts to the Make School Summer Academy.

One of the prizes is a raffle prize, so we encourage you to submit a project even if it's a simple app. Our goal for the competition is to inspire as many students as possible to build and ship a product!

The scope is completely open, build an app, game, website, or VR experience. Tackle any problem in any industry or delight users with a gaming experience. 

What is Make School?

Make School is a computer science and product development school based out of Silicon Valley. 

At the Summer Academy you will design, code and launch your own iOS app, mobile game, or virtual reality experience. There are locations across the U.S. and Asia, with beginner to advanced courses taught by industry professionals. 

Participants in Make School's App Competition 2017 with at least 10 upvotes on their entry will receive priority admission for the Summer Academy and a $250 discount on tuition. To claim your discount, submit an application to the Summer Academy here.



This competition is open to current High School and College students or non-professional developers age 24 and below. Must be at least 13 years of age or older. 

The competition welcomes submitters from most countries around the globe. However, individuals or organizations may be disqualified if they are based in a nation, state, province, or territory where U.S. or local law prohibits participating in the competition or receiving a prize. This includes individuals, who are residents of, and organizations domiciled in Brazil, Quebec, Cuba, Sudan, Iran, North Korea, Mexico, Syria or any other country designated by the United States Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).


There are options for public and private submissions of your project.

Note, any applicable intellectual property rights to a submission will remain with the participant. 

Language: All submission materials must be in English, as well as all written materials. If the video, text description, and testing instructions are not in English, an English translation or subtitles must be provided.


Hackathon Sponsors


$32,000 in prizes

Grand Prize Award

• Full scholarship to Make School's Summer Academy
• All expenses paid trip to San Francisco
• Dinner with tech industry leader
• Office tours of Google, Airbnb and 2 fast growing startups
• Office hours with Make School founders
• Code review and design feedback from Make School Product College instructors

Second Prize Award

• $3,500 scholarship to Make School's Summer Academy
• Xbox, PS4 or Nintendo Switch
• Remote office hours with Make School founders
• Remote code review and design feedback from Make School Product College instructors

Popular Vote

• $3,500 scholarship to Make School's Summer Academy
• Promotion of your app to the Make School Community of 300k people
• Office hours with Make School founders
• Code review and design feedback from Make School Product College instructors

Raffle Prize

A random submission that receives 10 upvotes for their app will receive:
• DJI Phantom 3 Drone

10 Upvote Prize (61)

All submissions who receive 10 upvotes for their app will receive:
• $250 discount to Make School's Summer Academy

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

  1. Register for the Make School App Competition on Devpost.
  2. Submit your project on DevPost.
  3. You will receive a notification within 48 hours once your submission has been approved and added to the gallery. 
  4. Share your project with friends and get upvoted in the gallery! Only submissions with 10 votes or more will be considered for the Grand Prize.


Ashu Desai

Ashu Desai
Co-Founder, Make School

Jeremy Rossman

Jeremy Rossman
Co-Founder, Make School

Dom Brassey

Dom Brassey
VP Growth, Lesbians Who Tech

Laurence Bradford

Laurence Bradford
Founder, Learn To Code With Me & Contributor to Forbes

Sean Kim

Sean Kim
CEO at Rype & Columnist at Inc. Magazine

Brian Voong

Brian Voong
Senior Software Engineer, Touch of Modern & Founder, Let's Build That App

Kjerstin (KJ) Erickson

Kjerstin (KJ) Erickson
Founder & CEO, Simbi

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
  • Technical Difficulty
  • UX / Polish

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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