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C/I Code Camp- Check out the winners + everything you missed out on!

February 3, 2016 by

Last weekend from January 30  to January 31, C/I threw their first 24-hour coding and entrepreneurship event, C/I Code Camp at the beautiful LMHQ (150 Broadway, 20th Floor, New York, NY)! 

During the event, students from C/I’s 20 partner schools attended workshops and coded alongside professional tech mentors to build tech products that solve important teen problems.

The event was made possible by sponsors LMHQ, Fiverr, hackBCA, Udacity, Code School, CourseHorse, MaKey MaKey, and SparkFun.

Best Overall Tech Product– “Protect & Swerve

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Protect and Swerve is a website that increases teens’ awareness about police brutality, how it affects them, and how often it occurs in their area to people just like them. Features will include a API-powered map that shows the rate of police brutality in the surrounding area, a game that engages teens on the topic and supplies players with facts regarding police brutality, a place for users to upload video evidence of police brutality, and a forum for discussion.

Students from the Bronx Academy for Software Engineering won scholarship entries to the hackBCA hackathon which includes a free laptop for each student. Judges gave high scores to this group in all categories- potential to create change, technical prowess, creativity, and presentation. 


Most Technical: “Teen’s Hope”

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Teen’s Hope is a website where students can communicate with with career experts and request to job shadow them so that students can make better decisions about their future careers.

Students from Bronx International High School won scholarship entries to the hackBCA hackathon which includes a free laptop for each student. Judges were impressed with this team’s ambitious implementation of a back-end database, something the team learned how to do on the day of the event.


Most Creative – “Gang Busters

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Gang Busters is a mobile app designed to help people reach their destination safely and avoid gang violence in their area. Features include a map that shows areas of gang violence, safe zones, and places where police/school officials can help you; a chat room; and information about criminals in the area. 

Students from Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School won scholarship entries to the hackBCA hackathon which includes a free laptop for each student. Judges were impressed with this team’s creative solution to a personal and community problem.


Most Feasible & Best Presentation– “Lend a Hand”

Lend a Hand is a web app that connects students’ who need to do community service to sponsors who will pay them for their work. The sponsors deposit money into an account that students are only able to access to pay for college expenses.

Students from Hyde Leadership Charter School won year memberships to Udacity to complete any nanodegree of their choosing.


Audience Favorite– “Nuestro Viaje” (Our Journey) 

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Nuestro Viaje is a a website where first generation immigrants can share their stories about the challenges they face in their everyday lives in order to build a community of support.

Students from Urban Assembly for Media Studies won year memberships to Code School to further their coding skills.

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Potential to Create Change– “A Voice for Those Who Don’t Have One” 

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A Voice for Those Who Don’t Have One is a website where teens can take a quiz to find the presidential candidate that best aligns with their personal beliefs then easily share the results on social media to amplify their voice.

Students from Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School and Mamaroneck High School won entrepreneurship books to further their knowledge. 

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Best Design – “Amity” 

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Amity is a website that promotes awareness of oppression worldwide through articles and a discussion forum.

Students from Bronx Academy for Software Engineering won entrepreneurship books to further their knowledge.

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Bonus Video– “Create Teen Change

A huge thank you to our judges for their thoughtful feedback and deliberation:  Tek Kim from Fiverr, Leigh Ross from the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund at the New York Community Trust, Nick Campbell from BlackRock, Kevin Galligan and Tanya Karsou from TouchLab, and Adon Davis from Accenture.

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Thank you Ramona Ortega of Mi Dinero Mi Futura for inspiring our students and mentors by sharing your story and advice about being a latina tech entrepreneur during the keynote address.

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Thank you to all of our dedicated workshop instructors and tech mentors for supporting our students and empowering them to be be successful.

Workshops: how to use APIs (Charlie Swanson from MongoDB), the Foundation framework (Amélie Lamont), storytelling to motivate action (Carl Harris from, user testing (Cris Mercado from The Knowledge House), user experience (Yangbo Du from Global Resolutions Inc), GitHub and the command line (Daniel Fenjves from Upperline School of Code), and pitching (David Yakobovitch from David & Co).

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