About Us

Calling all programmers, designers, makers and leaders! TeenHacks LI is Long Island’s premier 24-hour high school hackathon, by students, for students. Take part in group collaboration, interesting workshops, sweet prizes, and more. Get ready to meet new people and have an amazing time. Join us as we build the future!

Founded by Jeffrey Yu and Wesley Pergament, we bring together the brightest students across the tri-state area to engage in “collaborative coding.” We hope to build a hacker community here on Long Island, with an emphasis placed on innovation and entrepreneurship.


What is a hackathon?

It's a place where programmers, engineers, designers, and entrepreneurs come together to build an awesome project in 24-hours. We provide the venue and food, you bring the creativity. Get ready to learn, build something cool, and meet new people. Check out this article by Dave Fontenot to learn more! What is a Hackathon?

What if I’m a beginner?

Do not worry. TeenHacks LI encourages students of all levels to come! In addition, we will have workshops throughout the hackathon as well as mentors available to answer any of your questions.

Who can attend?

All high school students are welcome to attend. If you are older or younger and still want to participate as a hacker, shoot us an email. If you're older, we welcome you to sign-up as a mentor!

Does it cost anything?

TeenHacks LI is completely free, thanks to our generous sponsors! This will include food, swag, and awesome prizes.

What if I don't have a team?

In the beginning, we’ll have a team formation session to make sure you’re not alone. You can have teams as large or small as you want, but only teams of 2-4 will be eligible for prizes.

What should I bring?

You should bring your student ID, laptop, phone, chargers, sleeping bag, deoderant, toothbrush, as well as any hardware or materials you may need for your project. Nothing hazardous or illegal.

Where do I sleep?

We encourage everyone to sleep for at least a portion of the night. You can bring a sleeping bag and pillow. We will have a secure quiet room for those who want some shut eye.

Have other questions?

Send us an email at [email protected].

In addition, all participants must abide by the MLH Code of Conduct.


Participant Application Deadline - The sooner you apply, the better chance you have of getting accepted. If you have questions regarding the application or deadlines, please email [email protected]

Early: September 23th

Regular: October 15th

Late: November 4th

High school students, you’ve found the right place! We’re excited you want to come to TeenHacks LI, but due to space limitations, we can only accept 300 participants. Fill out this short application form, but put some thought into the short response questions.

Application Questions:
1. Because we only have 300 slots for this hackathon, list 3 reasons why you would like to attend.
2. What inspires you to create?

We welcome undergrads, gradates, and tech professionals to attend as mentors! We’re looking for engineers, programmers, designers, and more to help guide our participants through their projects. A wide base knowledge is appreciated, but not required. Food will be provided during the event and you can stay for as long as you want. However, we do have limited space so please fill out this short application form.

Are you a high school student looking to get more involved with TeenHacks LI? Apply to join our Campus Ambassador program! As a campus ambassador, you will become a spokesperson for TeenHacks LI at your school and community. You help raise brand awareness, solicit applicants, and encourage computer science education. In return, you will receive special swag at the event and access to exclusive activities.


Location: New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury Campus

Salten Hall, Valentines Lane
Glen Head, NY 11545


Conveniently located right next to Route 25A, the n20G and n20H buses stop directly at NYIT. We will also provide shuttles from the Greenvale LIRR stop.

Time: November 9-10,2019
10am to 4pm


Saturday, November 9th

10:00 - 11:00 AM
11:00 - 12:00 PM
Opening Ceremony
12:00 PM
Hacking Begins
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Intro Workshop & Team Building
1:00 PM
2:30 - 3:30 PM
Women-In-STEM Panel
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Machine Learning Workshop
5:30 - 6:30PM
Minecraft Mods
7:00 PM
8:00 PM
Sleeping Quarters Open
8:00 - 9:00 PM
Cup Stacking (PRIZE)
9:30 - 10:30 PM
11:00 - 11:30PM

Sunday, November 10th

12:00 AM
Midnight Snack
12:30 AM
Black Mirror
1:30 AM
Face Masks
2:00 - 3:00 AM
Smash Tournament (PRIZE)
8:00 AM
Morning Run
9:00 AM
11:00 AM
Distribute Table Numbers
12:00 PM
1:00 PM
Devpost Closes
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Judges Tour Projects
3:00 - 3:30 PM
Judges Deliberate
3:30 - 4:00 PM
Winners Announced
4:00 PM
Event Ends

Sponsors & Partners






More Coming Soon!

If you're interested in partnering with us, send our sponsorship team an email at [email protected].

Our Core Team

Snigdha Roy, Executive Director

Snigdha is a sophomore at Mount Sinai High School and has a strong passion for creating change in her community. As the first female Executive Director of TeenHacks LI, Snigdha works to shorten the gender gap for students involved in Computer Science and empower more females in STEM. She additionally aims to engage more students into the hacker community in areas of low STEM involvement. Her love for hackathons was developed by TeenHacks LI when she discovered a unique community of individuals during the second hackathon event. Snigdha enjoys hiking and cleaning up local beaches in her free time as well as working on new projects to improve her community. Whether it be by promoting STEM education, creating prototypes, or actively participating in environmental conservation, Snigdha is readily trying to create change with exciting and engaging initiatives in her community.

Snigdha Roy

Wesley Pergament, Co-Founder and Executive Director

Wesley is currently a senior at Jericho High School and has always loved to create and build. His natural curiosity has led him into the world of Raspberry Pi’s and Arduino sensors as he enjoys tinkering with hardware. Through hackathons, Wesley fell in love with the community of makers and as a result, worked passionately to bring this atmosphere to Long Island. Additionally, he enjoys the business side of things as well and TeenHacks LI was the perfect combination of the two. Above all, Wesley constantly strives to learn new things and meet more people every day.

Wesley Pergament

Eva (Yi) Xie, Director of Marketing and Graphics

Eva is currently a senior at Bronx Science. She is a huge fan of STEM and art. These both matter to her because art provides her infinite possibilities in the imagination while STEM enables her to explore and practice these possibilities in the real-world setting. During her first Hackathon event ever - in TeenHacks LI, she was fascinated with how both were combined together and actualized something even bigger. Thus far, she hopes to engage more youths, especially beginners, to get involved in this community that she is truly passionate about. Meanwhile, she believes in STEM progress would be the key to making the world a better place for everyone.

Yi (Eva) Xie

Austin George, Director of Programming

Austin George is a senior at Great Neck South High School, with a passion for creating. Through this, he has grown a strong interest in both art and computer science. Whether it be painting the school mural or coding games for his friends, he’d much rather be on the side of the creator than the consumer. Throughout his high school career, he has strived to share this enthusiasm with others by tutoring students at local coding classes and sharing his experiences with the people he meets at hackathons like TeenHacks LI. This year, as Director of Programming, he is seeking the prospect of working with a few major companies in the tech industry that would be willing to host workshops to improve the overall hacker experience.

Austin George

Shubh Savani, Director of
Public Relations

Shubh loves engineering and programming. He spends his free time either with his beloved robotics team or watching Avengers for the billionth time. Some of his greatest interests are space exploration and artificial intelligence. During our last hackathon, he worked diligently to help organize the campus ambassador program. Whether it’s in school or at home, Shubh is a hard-working and enthusiastic person who cares about creating novel technology to help communities and people less fortunate than himself.

Shubh Savani

John Baek, Webmaster

John is a senior at Herricks High School that is highly passionate about STEM. Both in and out of school, he is eager to learn and try new things as he has delved into numerous fields pertaining to math and science. During his freetime, he likes to work on coding projects, conduct research in molecular medicine, and hang out with his friends. He has enjoyed hackathons in the past and is excited to put his experience to use.

John Baek

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