What’s a hackathon?
A hackathon is a programming marathon, where individuals and teams put their ideas together to create a solution to a problem we will provide that day. There will also be workshops and an expo area as well.
Who can attend?
This event is for youth in grades 6-12 that live in Somerset County. This includes youth who have never been to a hackathon before. While experience in coding and programming is a huge plus, teams will also need people with strong presentation skills and brilliant ideas. Parents will be allowed to attend the awards ceremony at the end of the event.
Does this cost money?
The event is free.
Where do I sign up?
You can sign up here:
Click here to register for grades 6-8.
Click here to register for grades 9-12.
When do I need to register by?
The deadline for registration is March 7, 2020.
What size can a team be?
Teams can be up to 3 people. If you want to hack alone, that’s totally fine.
What do I need to bring?
You will need to bring a laptop or Chromebook and its charger.
Do I have to compete?
No. However we do encourage you to take the chance, because there’s nothing to lose! Everyone has a chance to win, because it’s not just about coding, but also selling your concept or idea.
What if I don’t want to present my hack?
You might think your project isn’t impressive or it might not be finished so you don’t want to present it. You should present it anyway! Honestly, hackathons isn’t about being the best or being competitive. It’s all about having fun, making friends and learning how to become better at things you care about. Presenting your hack gives you a chance to be proud of what you’ve done, and you should be proud.
I have never been to a hackathon, what now?
Try it! People are super friendly, and no, you do not have to be an expert to participate.
Do you have a Code of Conduct?
Click here to read the Code of Conduct.
Will there be training?
There will be workshops throughout the day. You will be able to sign up for these workshops after you register for the event.
Do I have to stay the whole time?
Participants who are competing should stay the entire day.
How will teams be judged?
Three professionals will be judging the following factors:
- Originality of Concept
- Quality of Presentation
- Value to the Organization/Business
Will there be prizes?
- 1st Place $50/person Barnes and Noble Gift Card
Plus, two tickets/person for any one performance in the 2020-2021 Season at The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College.
- 2nd Place $25/person Barnes and Noble Gift Card
Plus, one ticket/person for a Planetarium Show or Laser Light Concert at the Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium.
- 3rd Place $15/person Barnes and Noble Gift Card
- Drawing for all participants-One Free SAT/ACT Prep Course by Rutgers Continuing Education
Who owns my project & idea?
The team that develops the project is the owner of the project and idea.
Will there be food?
We will be serving light refreshments and afternoon snack. You will need to bring your own brown bag lunch.