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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

Best Beginner’s Hack

  • $15 Amazon Gift Card
  • 1 month premium Codecademy Premium

Most Creative Hack

  • Option 1: $20 Amazon gift card
  • Option 2: 2 months Photoshop Premium

Best Classical Music Hack

  • Option 1: $50 value of your choice of Twoset Apparel
  • Option 2: 1 year of IMSLP PREMIUM + Earbuds

Best Idea Hack

  • Lifetime premium access to Taskade


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
8:20 - 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 Musicians and Software Engineers
10:00 - 10:50 a.m. Intro to Web Development 2
11:00 - 11:50 a.m. Intro to UX Design
12:00 - 12:40 p.m. Impact of Technology on Music
2:00 - 2:50 p.m. Intro to App Development
3:00 - 3:50 p.m. Intro to Video Game Development
4:00 - 4:50 p.m. AI in the Music Industry
7:00 - 7:40 p.m. Getting to know GitHub
7:50 - 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 and Contest Submissions // Starts Judging
1:00 - 1:50 p.m. Professional Opportunities in Music
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



The Presto Hacks team are high school and college students based in the United States (Michigan, California) and Mexico (Nuevo León). 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


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 - you are still eligible for swag even if you only attend the workshops and game sessions.

You are still welcome to participate - hackers can choose their level of involvement. Please communicate with your teammates about your absence if this is the case.

Absolutely! Synchronous hackathon activities are usually held during the day, with the exception of a few games. If submitting a project, you can find teammates with similar expectations of time commitment to coding as you.

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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