Philly high schoolers get special treatment at this fall's PennApps: Apply by July 5 - Philly


Jun. 30, 2015 11:51 am

Philly high schoolers get special treatment at this fall’s PennApps: Apply by July 5

Local high schoolers get guaranteed admission to the massive student hackathon.

PennApps is a student-run organization that has taken an interest in connecting undergraduates with the local tech community.

(Photo courtesy of PennApps)

PennApps, the hackathon organized by students for students, is getting as selective as the Ivy League school that birthed it.

The hackathon has always required applications but as PennApps has grown, it has also gotten more competitive. The last PennApps had a 30 percent acceptance rate, said Victor Lourng, high school coordinator for PennApps (and tech-scene teen about town).

But the PennApps team has set up a special deal for local high schoolers: they get in automatically. If you go to a school within 45 minutes of Penn, you’re guaranteed admission, according to a PennApps blog post.

Apply by July 5

Here’s a list of eligible schools, but if you’re not listed there and should be, email

More and more high schoolers are attending PennApps. This is a way to get more into the fold.

People: Victor Lourng
Projects: PennApps


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