Hack on State

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Hack on State is a 12-hour programming marathon for innovative young developers and creative thinkers to design a software application that addresses a community issue of their choice – ranging from education accessibility and quality to neighborhood violence and gentrification. Teams will be comprised of no more than five students, and will be formed based on a common desire to solve a specific problem rather than by high school. Groups will be able to sign up throughout the day at the Mentor Desk to receive advice from industry professionals.


CHI Hacks – The Windy City’s Premier High School Hackathon

Saturday, May 27th – Sunsday, May 28th, 2017

Chicago Hacks is the premier high school hackathon that looks to educate newer students on computer science while also helping the more advanced programmers excel. We look to encourage any students to come and grow their love for programming and create awesome projects. We strive to spread and educate students on computer science in the midwest region.

Who can participate?

Any high school student! Including Class of 2017 graduates who may have graduated prior to the event date.

I don’t know how to code! Should I still come?

Yes!!! Our hackathon is the perfect place to learn about programming with all our different workshops we will offer at the event.

What can I create?

Anything you want! However, we hope that there are projects that create an impact or cause social change. Also, your project must be entirely made during the hackathon, but you may come to the hackathon with an idea already in mind.

For additional FAQs and Registration Info, visit http://chicagohacks.tech

Huskie Hack – FREE Campus Event November 5-6, 2016

Students in high school and middle school are invited to register to attend Northern Illinois University’s Huskie Hack which will take place November 5-6, 2016.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students from the region to mix and mingle while working on coding, design and engineering projects at NIU’s DeKalb campus. This is a free (pre-registration is required, along with parental permission) 24+hour event that exposes students to the design process, utilization of critical thinking, and opportunity to look at the history of computing, making, and innovation through the last half century. This is an interdisciplinary event that encourages those who have never coded, worked with robotics, or delved into technology and its relevance to today’s workforce skills to investigate and participate in a non-threatening and safe environment.

For additional information, questions, or concerns please contact tlrogers or call 779-777-7724. Registration is open and students from middle school and high school (with parental permission) will have priority in acceptance to the event. Meals will be provided throughout the event. Students will compete for awards and recognition. Fun activities are planned to engage the right brain and left, while leaving room for students to discover computing at their own pace.

Flyers attached.



NIU Huskie Hack – Novemeber 5-6, 2016

Flyers attached for more details…

Northern Illilnois University will be hosting Huskie Hack 2016, a 24-hour coding and technology event that is free to students from regional middle schools, high schools, and colleges. The event will take place November 5-6, 2016 at the main campus in DeKalb, IL. Students from middle and high school will need a parental permission form signed and submitted prior to the event. Registration is now open and additional information can be found at www.huskiehack.org

This free event is student centered and will provide an opportunity for team competition in making and coding. This is one of the only events associated with Major League Hacking in the mid-west which is open to students in middle school and high school.


HACK Parental_Consent_Form_and_Waiver_of_Liability_Agreement.pdf

Virtual Hackathon June 24-25 for Young Women

B~STEM Project is ramping up for a 48 hour virtual hackathon We Hack Too powered by Microsoft on June 24-25 for young girls and women, in collaboration with Kelly Services OCG.

The 48 hour hackathon, includes a 1-day multi-city event on June 24th in Microsoft stores (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Detroit, Chicago and New York). Each city will be hosted by a local news reporter, leading tech professionals serve as mentors and judges. The 1-day event is a Product Development & Design Incubator experience where high school and college level teams pitch their product’s go-to-market strategy to judges at the end of the day.

We Hack Too Flyer.pdf

NIU Hack for Change and Huskie Hack

Northern Illinois University will be hosting Hack for Change on June 4th as a free event from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the Holmes Student Center. NIU and Tech Bark, are the first nationally recognized University Brigade with Code for America. Attendees will be able to form teams, work in pairs, or solo, addressing national and local challenges in Civic Hacking. Registration now!

Mark the Date for Huskie Hack- a 24 Hour event taking place at NIU’s Holmes student center. Join over 300 hundred students, representing middle and high schools, colleges and universities from across the mid-west. This free event, sanctioned by Code for America and Major League Hacking is an integrated learning and problem solving event involving coding, making, and of course fun! Registration will be posted in July, for now follow us on www.huskiehack.org

Startup Weekend Education – Free Tickets

Most of how we learn hasn’t changed in over 200 years – you’re grandparents likely sat in desks, aligned in rows and did homework out of a textbook just like you. As students, we’re counting on you to reimagine what school might look like.

Join us (for FREE) at Startup Weekend Education (May 13th-15th). SWEdu brings together a wide-range of people committed to making a positive impact on education. In 54 hours, participants share ideas, form teams, and build sustainable solutions with the help of experienced coaches and mentors.

Think Shark Tank but it one weekend – at an awesome venue (the 1871 building – the hub of Chicago innovation) and with an amazing network of people (folks who have successfully launched their own education startups in Chicago). Prizes include a trip to the ASU/GSV conference and work space at 1871. To register for free, go to chicagoswedu2016.splashthat.com, select student ticket, and enter the discount code "CPS_STUDENT".

International Women’s Hackathon 2014

If interested, Safia Abdalla from Northside Prep is organizing a team. You can reach her at seabdalla [at] gmail [dot] com.

April 25–27, 2014 | Worldwide on university campuses and live at the USA Science & Engineering Festival, Washington DC

International Women's HackathonThe International Women’s Hackathon is a crowdsourcing event to empower young women leaders in computer science. By providing a fun and safe environment in which to explore computing, the hackathon encourages and supports university women around the world to become producers of future innovations in technology and help solve challenges in the world today. After much success last year and many requests to hold the event again this year, we are pleased to announce that the next event is planned for the weekend of April 25 to 27, 2014, on university campuses all over the world. We will connect via Skype from our live event at theUSA Science & Engineering Festival with all worldwide sites during the hackathon.

We want to ensure that the 2014 hackathon meets the needs of university women. To that end, we enlisted the help of a group of NCWIT (National Center for Women & Information Technology ) Aspiration in Computing Winners to help us organize the upcoming hackathon and challenges, and re-examine the rules and regulations and the toolkit. Thank you to the leads and planning committee members:


  • Halie Murray-Davis, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  • Jinisha Patel, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Safia Abdalla, Northside College Preparatory High School

Team members:

  • Ashika Ganesh, West Windsor Plainsboro High School North
  • Aishwarya Borkar, San Jose State University
  • Diem-Nhi Tran, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Heather Huynh, University of Georgia
  • Kylie Moden, Trinity University
  • Nishtha Oberai, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Veronica Wharton, Rochester Institute of Technology

We are excited that the following nonprofit organizations are sponsoring this year’s challenges: UN Women, Hindsight Group, Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary, and Teens Against Distracted Driving. This year, there will be a challenge focused on increasing more women in STEM fields and a challenge to stop people from texting while driving.

The event is supported by Microsoft Research, National Center for Women & Information Technology, Association for Computing Machinery Committee on Women, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Women in Engineering, UN Women, Hindsight Group, Boys and Girls Club of Calgary, Teens Against Distracted Driving, Million Women Mentors, Microsoft Bing for Schools, Microsoft Learning Experience, Microsoft Citizenship-Youth Spark, and Microsoft Skype.

Women’s Hackathon planning

Young women in computer science, electrical engineering, and informatics—as well as women student groups on universities campuses around the world—are encouraged to host local hackathons. Last year, we had 14 events in 7 countries with more than 600 young women hacking computing solutions to help human trafficking victims. Many of them contacted local hacker spaces, computing communities, developers, and women organizations for support of their local event. The event was open to women of all skill levels—from those who haven’t programmed at all to the best women programmers out there. The individual worldwide hackathons helped inspire women to learn, invent, and create the future.

To help hosts plan their hackathon, we assembled the International Women’s Hackathon Kit, which provides useful information for event hosts like checklists, suggested schedule, sample menu, activities, the challenge projects, and judging guidelines. It also includes a customizable poster and email message that organizers can use to promote individual events to local university women. Event organizers may also choose to invite high school women.

We learned from last year that many young women want to start early, so we have included training materials and will give local hackathon organizers the option to have teams formed starting as soon as this month. Teams can plan, storyboard, and determine what they want to do and how they will go about building their solution. The only caveat is that no programming is allowed until the day of the event. Teams will judge winners locally and the winner of each challenge will have their application and pitch video published on the Microsoft Research website and the US Science and Engineering Festival website. We will provide a small gift for every participant. The winning teams receive Skype gift cards.

We look forward to the possibility of hundreds of events around the world as the future women innovators help us solve some big challenges! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mic<a href=”mailto:MSRWICos<a href=”mailto:MSRWICf<a href=”mailto:MSRWICResea<a href=”mailto:MSRWICc<a href=”mailto:MSRWICdive<a href=”mailto:MSRWICsit<a href=”mailto:MSRWIC.