August 11-13, 2023

with Girls Who Code Katy

What is Katy Youth Hacks?

Katy Youth Hacks is a 36-hour long hackathon for students from all around the world.

Our theme for this year is sustainability - we hope to guide participants to take a greater role in fighting social problems while encouraging underrepresented groups to engage in computer science and tech development.

By challenging students to solve real-world problems with technology, KatyYouthHacks aims to inspire the next generation of developers.

This Year's Prizes

1st Place:

  • Logitech Keyboard
  • JBL Headphones

2nd Place:

  • Logitech G203 Gaming Mouse
  • Anker Portable Charger

3rd Place:

  • Venture Pal Waterbottle
  • Blue Light Glasses

Best Design:

  • Fujifilm Quicksnap Camera

Best Beginner Hack:

  • 3-Pack Lightning Cable Charges

Honorable Mention:

  • Exclusive Sponor Prizes

All Participants:

  • Sponsor Prizes

Last Year's Stats



Hackers Attended




In Prizes Awarded



Hacks Submitted



What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an fun, sprint-like design event where people collaborate intensively to develop software projects.

How much does it cost to participate?

This event is 100% free!

Who can participate?

ALL high school, middle school, and college students are eligible.

What if I can't code?

No problem! We will be hosting many workshops to help new hackers learn valuable skills and create their own original projects! Additionally, several of the prize categories are judged on ideation or design, rather than tech.

How many people can be in a team?

Up to four people are allowed on one team.

I have another question...

If you have a question, do not hesitate to email us at Feel free to also contact us on our Discord.

Event Schedule

First Day, Friday

Time (CST) Event
8:00 PM Opening Ceremony
10:00 PM Intro to Web Dev w/ John Dractul

Second Day, Saturday

Time (CST) Event
10:00 AM Intro to Quantum Mechanics w/ Deeya Viradia
11:00 AM Tech for Social Good: Creating Impact Through Technology and Community- Hana Gabrielle Bidon
2:00 PM Using Machine Learning with ML.Net w/ Denis Kondratev
4:00 PM Building Your Personal Brand + Networking 101 w/ Akhila Yellapragada
7:00 PM Game Night!

Third Day, Sunday

Time (CST) Event
10:00 AM Submissions Due + Judging Commences
1:00 PM Modern Frameworks in PHP w/ Simon Rusin

Fifth Day, Tuesday

Time (CST) Event
11:00 AM Winners Announced & Closing Ceremony

*Schedule subject to change at any time without notice.


Karan Ganju

Senior Engineer

Parafin, Ex-Google

Sherry Chen

Robotics Team Lead

Chef Robotics

Pavel Lakosnikov

Engineering Team Lead


Mayank Jindal

Software Developer


Anastasia Makarova

Senior UX Researcher

KYH Team

Interested in appearing at Katy Youth Hacks?

Don't hesitate to reach out to us at!



Interested in sponsoring us?

Check out our sponsorship prospectus or shoot us an email at!

Or, support us on our donation page.

The Katy Youth Hacks Team

Crystal Yang

Crystal Yang


Prisha Singh


Sanika Misra

Public Relations

Asmitha Balamurugan

Project Coordinator

Natalie Vuong

Project Coordinator

Aimee Wu

Outreach Coordinator

Kailin Huang


Want to help organize Katy Hacks? We're looking for help!

Reach out to us at for more information on how to join the team!