Atoms & Bits Hackathon

Atoms & Bits

MAKE SCHOOL 555 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94102
NOVEMBER 16-17 2019

World's First Business Conscious Hackathon

We are excited to present the first iteration of Atoms & Bits! Our event is a Bay-Area hackathon where students from all over California come to code and create a software-based startup in 24 hours. We provide a welcoming opportunity for students to not only learn about computer science but also understand the business aspect of launching a company. Don't forget about the free swag, meals, and inspirational workshops for all attendees!

We want to create a supportive and safe environment for all students.

Please view our Code of Conduct
Interested in becoming a judge/mentor? Email!


Atoms & Bits is an all-inclusive hackathon!

Who can attend?
Atoms & Bits is open to all high school students, but we welcome everyone to apply to become a mentor!

Why should I attend?
Atoms & Bits provides the perfect opportunity to grow as a coder while having a fun time with friends. It will be a unique experience to improve your maker skills, meet new people, and receive free T-shirts, coding stickers, and other swag. Our hackathon also provides over $39,000 worth of prizes from sponsors.

What Should I Bring?
Since Atoms & Bits is an overnight event, make sure to bring a sleeping bag/blanket and toiletries in addition to your computer. We provide free perks, but you can also bring any accessorioes that you might want while working such as headphones, chargers, hardware, etc.

How do Teams Work?
Teams may range from 1 to 4 people. We also have a team bonding event to help you form a team.

Do I Need Coding Experience?
Definitely not! We have many workshops led by experts to help introduce you to the field of computer science. Even if you don't feel like coding, there are still so many things you can do! Don' worry; we have mentors and coding resources to help you get started!

How Much Does it Cost?
Atoms & Bits is completely free!


1st Place Nintendo Switch + Tile Trackers + Google Home Minis + Amazon Echo WINNER: ANO.JS
2nd Place FitBit Inspire + HackerEarth T-shirt for each team member WINNER: PARCAR
3rd Place Google Home Mini for each team member WINNER: ARMSAFE
4th Place Aukey USB C Power Bank & Digital Ocean T-Shirt for each team member WINNER: NEWS STREAM
Make School Prize: Social Impact Winners of this prize will have the opportunity to scale their product through private mentorship hours by one of Make School’s instructors. WINNER: TREOLOGY
Best Project: Mobile/Desktop App  2 Makey Makey Kits, 2 SAT/ACT Magoosh Subscriptions WINNER: PROFORM
Best Project: Business Potential Clerky Lifetime Package, $800 Bugsee Credit WINNER: HARVEST
Best Project: Website $2000 Digital Ocean credits, Digital Ocean T-shirt for each team member WINNER: ANO.JS


November 16 10 AM Doors Open!
November 16 11 AM-12 PM Check-In & Lunch
November 16 12PM - 1PM Kickoff & Opening Keynotes - Jeremy Rossmann
November 16 1 PM Coding begins!
November 16 1 PM - 2:30 PM HackerEarth x Atoms & Bits Code Contest!
November 16 3 - 4 PM WORKSHOP: How to land a tech internship/career - Jeremy Rossmann
November 16 6 PM Dinner
November 16 7:30 - 8:30 PM Intro to GitKraken
November 16 10 PM WORKSHOP: Business Report/How to Launch a Startup
November 17 12 AM Midnight Snack!
November 17 7 AM Breakfast
November 17 8:00 AM Project Submissions Due!
November 17 9 AM Judges Arrive
November 17 9:30 AM Presentations start!
November 17 12:30 PM Awards & Closing Ceremony


Xiaoguang "Leo" Liu

Electrical and Computer Engineering Associate Professor, UC Davis

Dr. Liu leads a dynamic research group working on cutting-edge concepts in high-frequency electronics and systems at the University of California Davis. Besides typical university duties, Dr. Liu has been interested in new technologies and business ideas. He has consulted for a number of companies and nationals.

Yasu Flores

Senior Software Engineer, Fond

In charge of product vision at Fond, Flores developed three different technical projects for this SaaS startup while maintaining the goals of the business. In addition to coding, he focuses on enterprise customers and works alongside the Marketing team to merge the engineering and product perspectives. 

Spencer Fricke

Computer Engineer, Samsung

Fricke is an avid hacker from the tundra of North Eastern Wisconsin. While at the University of Wisconsin he attended over 30 hackathons and still enjoys hacking as well as helping others learn through hackathons. Spencer currently works at Samsung in San Jose where he spends all day hacking at GPU drivers while spreading the news of how great Android and the Vulkan API is.


Interested in sponsoring? View our sponsorship plans here.



Anton Lin


Karen Li


Maaz Amin

Tech Lead

Austin Peng


Nathan Tran


Evan Nishi


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