What is Presto Hacks?

Presto Hacks is a 3 day virtual event (specifically, a hackathon) where teams of 1-4 participants are given 40 hours to code a web or mobile application under the theme of music technology. After the 40 hour period, the projects will be judged based on a set criteria, and the group with the best project in each category will receive a prize.


The event will be held over Discord and Zoom on December 10-12th, 2021. More details concerning schedule, operations, and safety will be posted closer to the event on the website. With any questions about these details, contact


Anyone aged 13-22!

Our Mission:

Presto Hacks has 3 primary goals:

  1. To discover new ways people can engage with and experience music through programming and technology.
  2. To improve access to music education, especially in underserved communities.
  3. To connect the worlds of music and technology.



Best Overall Hack

  • Option 1: Fire Tablet
  • Option 2: Wireless Earbuds
  • Option 3: Donation to Charity of Choice
  • AND Wolfram Award

Best Beginner’s Hack

  • Option 1: $15 Amazon Gift Card AND 1 month premium Codecademy Premium
  • Option 2: Donation to Charity of Choice
  • AND Wolfram Award

Most Creative Hack

  • Option 1: $20 Amazon gift card
  • Option 2: 1 months Photoshop Premium
  • Option 3: Donation to Charity of Choice
  • AND Wolfram Award

Best Classical Music Hack

  • Option 1: $50 value of your choice of Twoset Apparel
  • Option 2: 1 year of IMSLP PREMIUM + Earbuds
  • Option 3: Donation to Charity of Choice
  • AND Wolfram Award

Best Idea Hack

  • Lifetime premium access to Taskade AND Wolfram Award


Click on the dots below to view our schedule!

Friday, December 10th

Time (EST) Event
5:00 - 6:20 p.m. Team Formation Session
6:30 - 7:20 p.m. Opening Ceremony
7:30 - 8:00 p.m. Survival Guide to Hacking
8:30 - 9:20 p.m. Intro to Web Development
9:30 - 10:30 p.m. Talent Show

Saturday, December 11th

Time (EST) Event
9:00 - 9:50 a.m. Breakfast with a Software Engineer
10:00 - 10:50 a.m. Intro to Web Development 2
11:00 - 11:50 a.m. Intro to UI/UX Design
12:00 - 12:40 p.m. Impact of Technology on Music
2:00 - 2:50 p.m. Intro to App Development
4:00 - 4:50 p.m. AI in the Music Industry [Canceled]
7:00 - 7:40 p.m. Getting to know GitHub
8:00 - 8:30 p.m. Trivia, Show off and Gaming Time!
8:40 - 9:20 p.m. How to Ace at your Pitch
9:30 - 11:00 p.m. Movie Night!

Sunday, December 12th

Time (EST) Event
9:00 - 11:30 a.m. Mentoring Session
11:30 a.m. Project Submissions // Starts Judging
2:00 - 2:50 p.m. Internships / First Jobs
3:30 p.m. Judging Ends
3:30 - 3:55 p.m. Music Theme
4:00 - 4:25 p.m. Among Us!
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Closing Ceremony and Winners Announcement


Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors


The Presto Hacks team are high school and college students based in the United States (Michigan, California), Mexico (Nuevo León), and Canada (Ontario). Read more about our team here.

Clarice Kim

Founder and Executive Director

Molly Kohl

Associate Director and Director of Outreach

Leslie López

Director of Operations

Donna Lee

Director of Marketing

Amiri Walker

Director of Research

Elise Hsiao

Director of Finance

Aaron Fryzlewicz

Marketing Officer

Eashal Afzal


Niyatee Sondhi



A big thank you to all of our guest speakers!

Aleksandr Molchagin

Full stack developer and student at Kalamazoo College

Misako Sterbenz

IT manager at Toyota R&D Prototype Development

Sean Poris

Senior Director of Cyber Resilience at Yahoo

Jason Walker

Creative Director at McCann

Pari Songmuang

Studio Manager at NYU Steinhardt Music Technology Program

Paul Geluso

Director of Music Technology Program at NYU

Tariq Williams

Music Producer and Student at Kalamazoo College

Keith Lee

Engineering Manager at Zumper

Ike Uchendu

AI Resident at Google


No! We will have workshops to teach beginners how to build a basic website (in HTML). We will also have a prize category for the best beginner project!

No, hackers can choose their level of involvement. You can also choose to only attend workshops. If you are not available for a portion of the event, you will just communicate that to your team members.

You will get to meet people around the world and come up with innovative ideas that combine music and technology! Our coding workshops will also let you improve your coding skills and learn more about the world of technology! All participants will receive swag, and winners will receive prizes!

No - you are still eligible for swag even if you only attend the workshops and game sessions.

No! Hackers can work by themselves or with anywhere between 1 and 3 other hackers.

Please notify a Presto Hacks organizer in the Discord so we can resolve the issue. You will be able to identify the organizers by the color of our usernames in the Discord.

It’s ok if you don’t understand everything! You can learn more about hackathons here and at our "Survival Guide To Hacking" workshop. If you have any questions, please ask the Presto Hacks executive team!

Check out this Discord tutorial made by our marketing team!

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