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Saturday: 24-hour hackathon at Menlo School in Atherton

 

The lights will be on all night this Saturday night, April 16, at Menlo School in Atherton as the school hosts a 24-hour "hackathon," with 244 students in the school's Athletic Center.

The students, half of whom are from Menlo and half from other schools, will work on both software and hardware challenges.

The event, called MenloHacks, will involve students of all experience collaborating to create apps, websites, and other projects.

Games such as Tape – with the goal of maneuvering a roll of tape into the student center – and a Smash Bros. tournament will be held along with workshops and opportunities to work with mentors.

The co-directors of MenloHacks, Menlo students John Reinstra, a senior, and Jason Scharff, a junior, conceived the idea while participating in a similar event across the country last year.

Admission to the event is free due to sponsors Palantir, Doughbies, Entefy, Hint, Jet Brains, MIT Launch, Name Cheap, Prado SV, SOMA Central and Ultra Press.

Project judges include YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, former Apple SVP of IOS Scott Forstall, Quora head of business Marc Bodnick, and Entefy co-founder Brienne Ghafourifar.

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