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Event: The Next Big App

Event information and details.

TKS San Francisco is hosting a hackathon event for students age 13-17. During the event, students are guided by world-class mentors to collaboratively explore a modern theme. The theme for this event is: The Next Big App.

Event Overview

In the last few years, we have seen billion dollar companies rapidly emerge. Many of these impressive companies have leveraged new technology to transform the way we live. The mobile phone is a relatively recent advancement that has completely changed how we communicate, work, and interact with others around us. As mobile continues to grow, opportunities to build the next billion dollar companies are waiting to be built.

During this event, students will work in teams to identify what makes companies like Uber, Airbnb, and Snapchat successful, and how they can turn their ideas into The Next Big App.

Microsoft Reactor

Microsoft is supporting TKS to host the event at the new Microsoft Reactor space in downtown San Francisco. This is a state-of-the-art facility that exposes students to global standards of excellence, and inspires them to push their limits.

Meet Co-Founders and Mentors

In teams, students will work together to brainstorm ideas for The Next Big App. During the event, mentors from companies including Facebook, Uber, and Twitter will guide teams as they think about design, strategy, and problem areas.


Prepare for the future.

This event is focused on pushing students to start thinking about billion-dollar opportunities. The topics covered during The Next Big App event will provide the skill set for students to start early, fail fast, and think big.

Program Outcomes

Grow professionally and find your passion

TKS focuses on developing comprehensive skill sets that students can leverage in the real-world to accomplish their goals.

  • Designing Apps

    During this event, students will work to design prototypes and wireframes for their mobile app idea. They will learn how apps are built in the real-world, including user acquisition strategy and user-centric design.

  • Develop Real-World Skills

    Successful executives have one things in common: they are great communicators. TKS students will develop their presentation skills, ability to build slide decks and one-pagers, and become captivating speakers.

  • Learn How To Learn

    AT TKS, students explore problems that don't have solutions. The program is designed to purposely create an environment of debate and uncertainty. Students will develop the skill set to adapt with new information and 'figure it out'.

  • Understand How To Think Big

    The world needs leaders that can solve billion-dollar problems that impact people globally. TKS trains each student to think big, aim high, and provides them with the confidence and knowledge to change the world.

  • Build Your Professional Network

    Meet like-minded individuals that you can partner with to build your next big venture, while extending your corporate network with TKS world-class mentors.

  • Think Ahead

    Exploring modern topics, such as Mobiel Apps and Artificial Intelligence (AI), will give students the insight and knowledge to lead the future. By starting early, TKS students can predict what's next, develop their expertise, and prepare to shape tomorrow's industries.


Location, tuition, and application process.

The Next Big App is taking place in November 2016 after school from 6-9pm.


The event is hosted at Microsoft Reactor in downtown San Francisco: 680 Folsom St #145.

Application Process

Step 1: Submit your application

Step 2: If your application is accepted, you will be selected for an interview.

Step 3: Complete your interview with a program director.

The program directors will only be selecting 40 students to participate in the program. Applicants will be selected on a rolling basis, so early applications have a higher chance of being accepted into the program.


Overview of event

Below is a high-level overview of the event structure. During the event, students will be working with mentors, developing prototypes, and building presentations for their Next Big App.

Day 1 Arrive/Network Workshops Team Brainstorm Group Discussion
Nov 2, 2016 5:30pm - 6:00pm 6:00pm - 7:00pm 7:00pm - 8:30pm 8:30pm - 9:00pm
Day 2 Arrive Mentor Panel Prototype, Build Presentations
Nov 4, 2016 5:30pm - 6:00pm 6:00pm - 6:30pm 6:30pm - 8:15pm 8:15pm - 9:00pm

Everything around you was made up by people that were no smarter than you...and you can change it, you can build your own things that other people can use.

Steve Jobs, CEO Apple
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