Frequently Asked Questions:

What is def hacks()?

It's a hackathon meant for both high school and college students. We want to give everyone the opportunity to test their coding skills and develop new ones, while also getting the chance to eat, network, and get free swag.

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event, typically lasting several hours (or even days), in which a large number of people meet to code and show off their products. You can find a longer explanation here!

Who can attend?

Any student in high school or college is welcome to attend! If you have any questions, email us at You don't have to be from the US to participate (travel reimbursement will not be provided).

How do the teams work?

We recommend working in a team, but you have the option to work as an individual. Teams are limited to 4 people––try to work with someone new!

Can I be a mentor at def hacks()?

Of course! Just email us at with your level of experience and your level of education.

What happens if I can't code?

You learn! We are open to hackers of all coding levels, whether you've never heard of a function or you've made millions from apps on the App Store. Mentors and workshops will be there to help beginners.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring your own computer and its charger, your ID, and power strips (recommended). The event costs nothing - meals and swag are provided for free! Also consider bringing a sleeping bag and/or pillow.

How do I sponsor Defhacks?

We'd love to talk to you! Please feel free to contact us at - a Defhacks representative will reach out within 48 hours.


Don't hesitate to email us at! We will try to answer your questions as best as we can.

Who We Are

  • Dean Zimberg

    Co-Founder & Executive President

  • Becca Roskill

    Co-Founder & CEO

  • Robert spent his last summer at the University of Pennsylvania in their ESAP Computer science program. He is the president of NY DECA, and will be studying Computer Science at Finance at the University of Pennsylvania's Jerome Fisher Management and Technology Program in the fall.

    Robert Epstein

    Co-Founder & Executive Director/Chairman

  • Aram is the cofounder of the open-source student research database Scicademy. In his free time, Aram enjoys biking, coding, and reading self-help books and hopes to enter the field of technology entrepreneurship in his future.

    Aram Baghdassarian

    Co-Founder & Head of Development

  • Jonathan is a freshman at Cornell University. He is studying Policy Analysis and Management with a business minor. He is on the Executive Board of Tamid Group, a consulting and finance club on campus. He hopes to pursue a career in business and enjoys biking, skiing, and tennis.

    Jonathan Epstein


  • Vladimir Sterenko is the co-founder of The LMG Programming Club and is very passionate about technology and coding.

    Vladimir Sterenko

    Co-founder and VP of Sales

  • Rishi is a part time student at the University of Washington. At Overlake he leads the robotics team and was one of the founding members of the Overlake programming club. His past experiences include creating big data and business intelligence solutions in Python and R for Bellevue start-up Unify Square.

    Rishi Jha


  • Jared Cole has a real passion for technology as well as business. He serves as president of his school's DECA chapter and also participates in his school's tech club, Ardsley Innovate.

    Jared Cole

    CFO & Co-Founder

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