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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Prizes

First Place

GenBasic All in One VR Headsets

Second Place

AOC USB Monitors + Logitech MX Master Mice

Third Place

Echo Dots

Top 10 Overall (10)

One-Year Subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro

Best Pitch

Trophy

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

Hot Sauce

#HackHarassment

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

Trophy

Best Mobile Application

Trophy

Best Web Hack

Trophy

Best Use of Data

Trophy

Most Polished

Trophy

Code for Good Award

Trophy

Best Use of 3D Printing

Trophy

Best Hardware Hack

Trophy

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 AWS Credit

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?