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What is HawkHacks?

HawkHacks is an international virtual hackathon for middle and high school students on Saturday, May 25th, and Sunday, May 26th. Make teams of up to four people (individuals welcome!) and get ready for a weekend full of brainstorming, coding, and pitching.

Hawkhacks will consist of two segments:

Ideathon: You will have the weekend (both days) to build a coding-related solution related to a given problem, meet with expert mentors, and develop a pitch.

Capture the flag: On Sunday you will be given a set of competitive-coding style problems themed towards our chosen social issues.

The top performers accross both segments will be declared the winners! Registration is open! Email [email protected] with any questions.


1st Place: $100 in cash, Vercel merch (water bottles, hats, stickers), and Wolfram Alpha Pro subscriptions

$7000 of additional prizes that will be awarded to other winners.


Karina Chung

Karina Chung

Student at Harvard (HCHS '22)

Karina co-organized and led HawkHacks 2021 and 2022. Her interests include climate and environment and responsible technology, and she co-founded a nonprofit from an AI hackathon in high school. Karina now studies Applied Math and Data Science at Harvard, and has worked within and beyond the climate space across private equity, academic research, and startups.

Charles Brecque

Charles Brecque

Founder and CEO of TextMine

Charles started TextMine in Oxford in 2020 with Amber Akhtar after experiencing data loss and friction when working with legal and financial business-critical documents. TextMine leverages patented knowledge graph technology and large language models in order to structure the unstructured data in documents. Prior to TextMine, Charles was the first commercial hire at Mind Foundry, a machine learning spin-out from the University of Oxford. Charles is a graduate of the École Centrale de Lyon.

Dr. Stefan Robila

Dr. Stefan Robila

Professor of Computer Science / Director of the Computational Sensing Laboratory at Montclair State University

Between Jan 2018 and Jan 2021 Dr. Robila served as Program Director in the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Robila's teaching experience spans the Computer Science and IT undergraduate and graduate curriculum and includes all introductory computing courses (taught in Pascal, C, C++, Java and Python), discrete mathematics, operating systems, computer organization, computer security, robotics, pattern recognition, high performance computing, and theory of programming languages. Dr. Robila completed his M.S. (2000) and Ph.D. (2002) in Computer Science at Syracuse University and his B.S. (1997) at the University of Iasi (Romania). He is an ACM and IEEE senior member and IEEE Region I award recipient.

Luke Shiels

Luke Shiels

Founding Design Engineer at Delphi, former CEO of Solene

Luke is a self-taught software engineer who has worked at numerous early-stage technology startups and currently is the founding design engineer at Delphi, an AI cloning platform. Before Delphi, he helped lead a 15-person engineering team at an early-stage fintech startup, helping drive the company's valuation to approximately $300 million. He then served as CEO of Solene, advising venture-backed AI startups in New York City.


The HawkHacks logo was created by Xavier Train-Jimenez, an amazing graphic design student at the High School of Art and Design.