Lightning the Torch

hackBCA IV is the fourth annual hackathon hosted at Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, New Jersey. Created and organized purely by student volunteers, hackBCA was one of the first hackathons to be open to all high school students with an interest in computer science. No previous knowledge is necessary to attend, hackBCA has always been very beginner-friendly! Here is our schedule for this year.

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Judges

Asma Tameem

Asma Tameem
Senior Software Engineer at LEVO

Jeremy Rossman

Jeremy Rossman
Co-founder of Make School

Matt Scott

Matt Scott
Digital StoryTeller

Yangbo Du

Yangbo Du
Head of Partnerships & Development at AthenaTech

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Diffuculty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount? This is the most important criterion that your hack will be judged upon for the general prizes.
  • Originality
    Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Polish
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
  • Usefullness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?