On Saturday, December 3rd, C/I hosted their first hackathon of the 2016-2017 school year at Galvanize NY as part of Major League Hacking’s Local Hack Day and powered by Fullstack Academy. Over 90 students used their tech and entrepreneurship skills to build products that solved problems of bias stemming from fear, misunderstanding, and stereotypes or utilized civic hacking to improve the lives of citizens and solve problems that affect communities or involve our public institutions – all with the help of their tech mentors.
Students listened in on a Tech Panel discussion filled with industry leaders from iHeartRadio, RUN, Facebook’s Techstart Program, and Buzzfeed as they shared their stories and inspiration on the importance of technology in every leading industry today.
Thanks to sponsors Chipotle and Gregory’s Coffee, students were fueled and energized throughout the day. Thanks toFacebook’s Techstart Program, Fullstack Academy, and Kano for helping C/I power this event. And a huge thank you to our prize sponsors: Bosebuild, Little Bits Electronics, Makedo, Makey Makey, The Brooklyn Nets, Ozobot, Siegelvision, Sphero, Thames & Kosmos, and Voltaic for providing student winning teams with exceptional prizes.
Best Overall – “EducateMe”
Most Technical – “TEACH”
Best Design – “DBNB: Defeat Brand Name Bias”
Students from Information Technology High School developed an app to help people choose clothing based on quality and design as opposed to brand name biases. The students utilized HTML and Bootstrap as a CSS template. The students received Makey Makey Gos to allow them to continue tinkering and inventing until the next hackathon! dbnb.neocities.org
Most Creative “HelpNYC”
Best Pitch “Positive Behavior Promotion”
Students from Manhattan Bridges High School and John Adams High School created an app to help teens deal with the negativity of cyber bullying by promoting positivity and encouraging them to complement rather than bully one another. This app sends periodical inspiration quotes and sayings to users throughout the day in addition to challenging users to send positive quotes to others. The students received Makedo Toolkit prizes to further their creative thinking skills and to continue making innovative products and hope to incorporate their app into the Amazon Alexa device in the future. Thimbleprojects.org
In addition to prizes won by each top team, all winning teams were invited to a branding session at Siegelvision to sit down with industry leaders at this top organizational identity consultancy and deepen their product development plan and industry knowledge. Students were given the opportunity to pitch their idea to the founder of Siegelvision, Alan Siegel, as well as his team.
Missed out on this hackathon but still want to get involved? Stay tuned for more information on our March hackathons at Facebook and participate in our Code/Drive!
Donate to the December Code/Drive
C/I is running a Code/Drive for the month of December to be able to teach 5000 more students to code. Please consider contributing:
A $50 donation will support a single student and a $500 gift will offset the cost of curriculum and teacher professional development. A $5,000 gift will support an entire school’s worth of students.