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Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 12:00 PM - Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 3:30 PM (EDT)


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Students Ended Free  
Mentors (Must be 18+)
Designers/engineers from the DC area. You must be 18 or older to mentor. Mentors will assist the teams as they work on their projects, giving them technical advice like what frameworks, etc to use and tackling bugs or more general advice like managing the scope of the product and avoiding feature creep or helping teams practice their pitch for demos.
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Registration for PilotDC is now full. We unfortunately will not be able to release any more tickets from the waitlist.

Work together with engineers and designers from some of the top tech firms in the world, and turn your idea into a real app. More information on registration can be found at http://dc.gopilot.org. See you there!


Pilot is a national organization that holds hands-on educational events for high school students. Students form teams, brainstorm ideas, work together to bring one of those ideas to life with technology, and then demo and pitch the apps/websites they created for awards and prizes. We engage the local community by bringing in engineers and designers who mentor these students over the course of a day and help them bring their ideas to life.

Through this process students learn how to think creatively, pitch and demo their projects and more practical skills like how to code and design. Most importantly, they learn how to learn.

What is a Pilot event?

A Pilot event is a day long creative competition when people who are always thinking up new ideas come together for a weekend and collaborate to build them. Entrepreneurs, designers, and developers work in teams to create hacks and apps for web or mobile platforms—in our case, these creators are high school students.



Do I need previous coding experience?

Nope! The point of the event is to learn. If you want to build a real app that you and others can use in real life, then this is for you.

Who can participate?

Pilot events are for all high school students! Coding experience is not required. You aren't required to have ever built an app before; we will have tech talks to help you ramp up quickly. You can come with a team or come alone - there will be a place for you.

What should I bring?

Laptop and charger, extension cord, cellphone and charger, change of clothes, toothbrush, photo ID.

How many people per team?

You can have a maximum of four (4) students on your team.

Can I start working before PilotDC?

No. Contestants are not allowed to work on their apps prior to the event. If you want to prepare for the event, focus on gaining experience with and knowledge of the tool you hope to use to build your application.

Do I need a team or idea to sign up? 

Nope! We will have sessions to help people find team members and/or form teams, as well as an idea generation workshop to help people think of ideas to work on for the event. So you should sign up regardless!

Do I have to be there the entire time?

Once you arrive, for safety reasons, you will not be allowed to leave until the end of the event. There will be spaces for you to sleep if you would like to. 

Will there be food?

Yes. The only thing you need to worry about is building your app; let us take care of the rest. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and plenty of drinks will be provided throughout the competition at no cost to participants. We will be providing vegetarian options as well. If you have a specific food allergy or other specific need, contact us and we'll try to find a way to make it work for you.

What should I wear?

While there are no strict guidelines on how to dress, clothing has a profound effect on the wearer's psychological processes. If you look good, you end up doing better work. We’ll also have a photographer present throughout the event, so you all might want to look sharp. However, you will definitely want to bring a nice set of clothes for the demos on Sunday!

What if I have a question that's not here? 

We'd love to help answer it for you! Send us an email at fly@gopilot.org with your question, and we'll get back to you within 24 hours.

Have questions about PilotDC? Contact Pilot

When & Where

Microsoft's DC Offices
5404 Wisconsin Ave
Suite 700
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 12:00 PM - Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 3:30 PM (EDT)

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