NYC Generation Tech (GenTech) student hackathons are deisgned to provide NYC high school students from under-resourced communities the opportunity to develop their coding skills and work alongside professionals from NYC's tech community. Presented by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Center 4, Dev Bootcamp, Pediacities, Squarespace, and FoodtoEat, GenTech Student Hackathon: Code4Tomorrow challenges students to identify ways to make a positive change in the communities in which they live and to think about solutions for big social problems related to health, education, employment, and seniors. With the support of volunteer mentors, students will create a digital prototype, promotional website, and demo presentation to showcase their idea. In the evening, all students will present, and prizes will be awarded to the winning teams. We hope you can join us!
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This challenge is open to all New York City high school students who have registered for the event and are present at the February 22nd hackathon. Teams will be formed the morning of the event, and each team must consist of at least 4 NYC high school students.
Participants must conceive of an idea that addresses the Code4Tomorrow theme of identifying ways to make a positive change in NYC communities. Two digital products must be submitted:
- Digital Prototype of the idea
- Promotional Website
$1,355 in prizes
Cash value above assumes a team of five. Each student on the first place team will receive: $100 + a yearlong subscription for website hosting on Squarespace ("Personal" package worth $96 per year).
Cash value above assumes a team of five. Each student on the second place team will receive $50.
Cash value above assumes a team of five. Each student on the third place team will receive $25.
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Founder, Robust Links
Director, Verizon Ventures
Executive Director, Innovate NYC Schools, NYCDOE
Tara Walpert Levy
Managing Director, Global Ads Marketing, Google
Group Head, Innovation Management, MasterCard Labs
Digital Prototype Idea
How innovative is the idea? How well does the idea address a problem in a NYC community?
Digital Prototype Functionality
How complete is the prototype? How intuitive is the user interface?
How appropriate is the design and content for reaching the target customer? How well did students apply the Mozilla Webmaker tools and simple HTML/CSS learned throughout the day?
How well did the team members articulate their idea? How convincing was the presentation?