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

Fidget Spinners Competition at Inventables

This competition is open to anyone, however if you have completed or are currently enrolled in the Innovation and Creation Lab course at Lane, Mr. Solin will donate all machine time and provide all materials (including bearings) for students that are interested in participating.

From Inventables:

The first community challenge is to make a toy. By each of us contributing one, together we’ll create a kind of toy store. Think of it as a virtual toy store. We’ll start with a single toy…the Fidget Spinner. Amazon has about 2,000 fidget spinners for sale and Etsy has about 3,000. We want all the spinners to be unique and interesting. That gives us the opportunity to exercise our creative and technical muscles. If you submit a unique fidget spinner design there are four levels of rewards you can win up to $115 in Inventables gift cards.

Check out the full contest details and instructions.

The ITA High School Tech Challenge

See attached flier for more info




The challenge is an individual based annual coding and programming challenge for high school students like you to practice and increase your skills and for a chance to win a scholarship to assist in your education.

Yes! The top 5 overall high school coders will each receive a $500 scholarship and be invited to

the ITA’s Tech Summit in May to be recognized.


  1. Register to receive reminders and other communication before the challenge opens.
  2. The unique URL opens April 3rd at 9:00 a.m. CST and closes April 14th at 5:00 p.m. It’s a virtual challenge – take it anywhere, anytime between April 3-14:
  3. Choose a coding language you’re most comfortable with.
  4. Once you start, you can’t stop and you’ll have 1 hour to complete the challenge.


April 29 Raspberry Pi Student Challenge Registration

Illinois IT Learning Exchange


2017 Raspberry Pi Student Application Challenge

April 29, 2017
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Illinois Institute of Technology
McCormick Tribune Campus Center Ballroom

We invite high school student teams to demonstrate an application they have built, using a Raspberry Pi and peripherals! The student team must demonstrate the end result of their created technology. The Illinois IT Learning Exchange will select 30 student teams to showcase their completed application on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Illinois Institute of Technology.

Interested student teams must register and submit a 1 minute YouTube video by 5 p.m. on February 15, 2017 describing the application they will build and demonstrate. We will announce student team finalists on March 1, 2017 via email.

At the BUILD IT showcasing event a panel of volunteer judges will evaluate and score each student team’s demonstrated application. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winning teams. All student teams will receive a Certificate of Achievement for participating, as well as a gift bag of goodies.

• Click Details tab to Review Challenge Rules.

• Click Getting Started tab to Register.

• Click here to download flyer:
BUILD IT: 2017 Raspberry Pi Student Application Challenge.

Lane Tech GAME JAM registration is open!

Full details at

Flyer attached

Brief summary of the LT Game Jam:

  • Feb 10th to 12th. Friday to Sunday.
  • Students will be in the building for 20 hours. They will design and make a game of any kind. Can be a card game, board game, RPG, digital game, etc…however they define game.
  • There will be a common theme that will be announced on that Friday.
  • There must be 4 members per team.
  • Cannot be LTAC students.

Fri – 4:30 pm to 9 pm

Sat – 9 am to 10 pm
Sun – 9 am to 2 pm

Keynote Speaker: Charles Adler, co-founder of Kickstarter and founder of Lost Arts.

Mentors of the local gaming industry will be on hand to provide advice and help to students.

Question? See Mr. Law in 136 or email drlaw

LT Game Jam.pdf

Registration for Clean Tech 2017 is open

2017 Clean Tech Competition

Challenge your students to “Create a Greener Future”

Win up to $10,000!


Registration is now open for the 2017 Clean Tech Competition, a global research and design challenge for 15-18 year old students. This year’s challenge is to “Create a Greener Future”.

This educational opportunity challenges students to develop innovative, clean technology solutions to real-world issues. Solutions may take on aspects of buildings, materials, and efficiency, indoor environmental quality and “sick buildings”, among other available topics. Student participants will gain experience with focused research, critical thinking, and the scientific process – making it a great project based learning opportunity.

There is no entry fee, and students can participate through school, extracurricular programs or, on their own. Total prizes awarded will be over $30,000 and the Finalist Event will be held on at Stony Brook University, New York!

There is no limit to the number of Teams per organization – so spread the word! Each stage of the competition is designed to be a rewarding process, and more student participation means inspiring more young scientists to help build a better future for our planet. We want students from Lane Tech College Prep in this year’s competition this year and for years to come.

Learn more and register at:

Contact administrator at CleanTech

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter! #CreateAGreenerFuture

“From young minds come fresh solutions”

Fifty for the Future Award

Nominations are open for 2016

The Illinois Technology Foundation (ITF) announces that the search for this year’s Fifty for the Future® for this year.

The ITF Fifty for the Future® mobilizes academia and industry to support students across Illinois universities who aspire to greatness in the field of technology. Faculty are invited to submit nominations for individual students or the student can self- nominate and have the nomination supported by faculty. Submitted students will be reviewed by a team of industry leaders, highlighting those who compel the technology industry forward.

In its 10th year, this event will honor Illinois students who have proven determination and foresight through their education and deeds in the application and development of technology. This annual competition culminates in an evening of celebration, highlighting the students themselves and the Foundation’s work with industry and academia in bringing real world experiences into the classroom to assure a steady stream of future technology workers and leaders for Illinois.

The awards are open to all students from high school juniors to graduate students that do not graduate before March 15, 2017.

Student Self Nomination

Students are encouraged to self nominate themselves. The process is simple and takes less than 15 minutes to complete the nomination form. Students are evaluated on characteristics like leadership, communications skills and community involvement. The Foundation believes strongly that LinkedIn is the resume of the future, therefore this years nominees are encouraged to build out their LinkedIn profile. We have provided a couple of tutorials below to assist you in that process. Once your nominations is complete it will be automatically forward to the faculty member identified on your application. Your instructor will certify that you are a student in good standing and worthy of this award. Your application and LinkedIn profile will be reviewed by a group of judges from the information technology community.

For more details and to self-nominate, go to

NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award – Deadline 11/7

NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award

Award for AiC LogoThe NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors high school women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. The multi-tiered structure includes recognition at the national and local levels, serving all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and all U.S. overseas military bases.

The NCWIT Award for AiC is sponsored by Apple, Bank of America, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions Foundation, and Symantec.

Award for AiC recipients are chosen for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post‑secondary education.

Each local Affiliate Award program taps into the powerful network of NCWIT Alliance Members: teams from academia, non-profit organizations, startups, and corporations come together to build a community of support for young women passionate about computing.

Quote from Award RecipientApplications for the 2017 Award for Aspirations in Computing are now open.

Apply Now!


Any U.S. high school woman in grades 9 through 12 is eligible to apply, if she also meets all of the following criteria:

  • She attends a high school in the U.S. or is a U.S. citizen attending a high school in Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or on a U.S. military base.
  • She has a U.S. Tax Identification or Social Security Number.
  • She is not an NCWIT employee and has no immediate family relationship with employees, extended staff, contractors or board members of NCWIT (including spouses, siblings, children, grandchildren and persons residing in the same household).

Applicants may reapply each year, but can only receive the National Award once; Affiliate Award programs allow repeat recipients at their own discretion.


Each Affiliate Award winner receives recognition at an Award event, an engraved award for both her and her school, scholarship and internship opportunities, access to a peer network of technical young women in the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Community (sponsored by Bloomberg), and may receive various other prizes — computing resources, gadgets, sponsor-branded swag, and more.

Each National Award winner receives various prizes, cash, and a trip to Bank of America headquarters on March 3-5, 2017 for a celebration and networking with Bank of America employees.

Any prize that is classified as taxable income must be reported to the IRS. Taxes, where applicable, are the responsibility of the award winner.

Application Details

To apply, high school women must first register online. Click here to begin registration.

Then, students can apply online beginning September 1, 2016 and no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on November 7, 2016.

You may preview the application in English before you get started. You may also want to review the application how-to guide. Parents can review the approval how-to guide as well. For frequently asked questions about applying, approvals, and endorsements, please visit our FAQ page.

Additional Rules

Winners of the National Award are required to submit additional paperwork, including a notarized travel waiver and tax ID information. Failure by National Award recipients and/or her parent(s) or guardian(s) to return required paperwork, book travel within the allotted time, or attend the Bank of America celebration may result in forfeiture of all awards hereunder. To the extent required by law, Bank of America will report the value of the gift/reward/travel expenses to the IRS on Form 1099.

NCWIT may require additional hard-copy, notarized paperwork, at its discretion.

Note: Any Lane Tech CS teacher will gladly endorse and / or help you with your application. We will also offer at least one session to answer questions about the application.

2016 Raspberry Pi Student Application Challenge

Additional details attached in PDF

Illinois IT Learning Exchange


2016 Raspberry Pi Student Application Challenge

We invite high school student teams to demonstrate an application they have built, using a Raspberry Pi and peripherals, from one of the two categories below. The student team must demonstrate the end result of their created technology.The Illinois IT Learning Exchange will select24 student teams (12 teams for the artistic category and 12 teams for the sensor category) to showcase theircompleted application on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Illinois Institute of Technology.

Interested student teams must register and submit a 1 minute YouTube video by 5:00 p.m. February 15, 2016 describing the application they will build and demonstrate. We will announce student team finalists on February 19, 2016 via email.

At the BUILD IT showcasing event a panel of volunteer judges will evaluate and score each student team’s demonstrated application. Prizes will be awarded to 1st place winning teams only for each category. All student teams will receive a Certificate of Achievement for participating.

BUILD IT 2016 StudentCompetition.pdf