McDonogh Hacks - McDonogh School

What is McDonogh Hacks?

McDonogh Hacks is a series of events where students will converge at McDonogh School’s brand new Fader Innovation Center to create amazing, solution-oriented projects and learn about technology in the process. The event will include beginner to advanced workshops, and teams will compete to win prizes. The teachers and judges will be industry professionals.

McDonogh Hacks is part of the Fader Innovation Challenge, an innovation and entrepreneurial program designed to bring together teams of students from McDonogh School and the Baltimore region to identify and design solutions to human problems. McDonogh Hacks believes that diverse perspectives are necessary for the development of high-impact innovation. All students are urged to apply, particularly those for whom financial resources would otherwise prevent participation in such a program.

Spring Hackathon 2019: 

The spring hackathon event will be a social hackathon.  A social hackathon is not a technical or coding-related activity - in our hack, teams will practice the basics of user-centered design (or design thinking) to design new and different solutions to real challenges facing the Baltimore community.  The spring hackathon will be run by the McDonogh and Washington International School'Girls Who Code Clubs.

When : Saturday, April 27 | 9:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.
Where: McDonogh School | Fader Innovation Center
Who: All students in grades 6 - 12

Want to Participate?


See some of the most asked questions about our event

Who can participate?

Any student in grades 6-12 can apply. You don’t need to know anything about hacking or coding -- you just need an open and curious mind and a will to do good in the world!

What can I create?

You can create anything as long as it is school appropriate, such as games, apps, or websites. We encourage you to create projects that will have a positive impact. For examples of hackathon creations, visit

How much does it cost?

Nothing! Everything is free of charge including food and t-shirts.

Is there transportation?

McDonogh will have buses available to transport students to and from the event.

Will there be prizes?

Yes! Stay tuned for the prize distribution and categories.

What should I bring?

A laptop, charger, and any other amenities you need.

What type of workshops will be there?

We will have workshops ranging from building your first website to machine learning.

Is there a permission slip?

Yes. Forms will be distributed to participants prior to the event.