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.
GenBasic All in One VR Headsets
AOC USB Monitors + Logitech MX Master Mice
Top 10 Overall (10)
One-Year Subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro
Best With Wolfram Tech (10)
One Year of Wolfram Development Platform + One year of Wolfram Mathematica Student Edition + One Year Subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro
Best VR Hack
GenBasic Phone VR Headsets
Best Overall Beginner Hack
1 Full Summer Course seat at any Upperline Summer course OR
2 50% discounts on any Upperline Summer Course OR
4 25% discounts on any Upperline Summer Course
Most Fire Beginner Hack
Use your tech skills for good and hack online harassment! Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment. Members of the winning team receive Hack Harassment Battery Packs!
Best Domain Name from Domain.com
Domain.com Swag Bags
Most Likely to Succeed as Startup
Startup Vitamins Swag Bag
Best Education Hack
Best Mobile Application
Best Web Hack
Best Use of Data
Code for Good Award
Best Use of 3D Printing
Best Hardware Hack
Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS
$250 AWS Credit
Senior Software Engineer at LEVO
Co-founder of Make School
Head of Partnerships & Development at AthenaTech
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.
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?
Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?