Here are some of the tools we will be using at the hackathon.
Hackathon MINI is the first hackathon for middle grade youth exploring the possibilities of developing projects for the world of virtual and mixed reality. This hackathon gives middle school age students an easy way to learn how to code and create a great project. Experienced hackers can also come and learn about new technologies that they can use.
A hackathon is an event in which teams building something awesome (and then demo it). For this event middle grade youth will take a modified version of a hackathon at only twelve hours. Hackathons typically run between a day and an entire week! The goal is to produce usable software. Each hackathon has a specific focus. This Hackathon MINI will focus on creating software for use in a virtual environment. Hackathon MINI is open to anyone, from the absolute beginner to the professional hacker.
That is because we are not using a computer to gain unauthorized access to data in a system. There are multiple definitions to the term ‘hack’ and ‘hacker’. In this case we mean the type of hacking where code and programs are repurposed for a beneficial project that may or may not have been the intended purpose.
Coding not required! You can definitely learn here – there will be mentors on hand to assist as well! If you have never programmed before in your life this is a great opportunity to begin learning surrounded by others eager to learn and share. Hopefully you will even leave with a working prototype!
You must submit your hack during the tenth hour. After you submit you can continue working on it until the final judging & sharing session. Please do not start you hack before arriving at the event.
You should bring your laptop (we won't provide computers) and charger, phone and charger, and power strips (recommended). Also, pre-load Minecraft, Unity, PlayingMondo, Unreal Engine, or other 3D tools that you might want to use during the hackathon. The event costs $25. Food and snacks will be provided!
Students from participating schools can register with their teacher. If you would like your school to participate, have a sponsoring teacher contact: email@example.com You can work individually or with a team. For more information, check out our rules.
Great! Tell them to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents are encouraged to attend and support all the young people at this event. If you have hacker skills we would love to have you as mentors. Parents are not there as chaperones unless appointed to that role by their school. Schools attending the hackathon will have appointed an adult responsible for the safety and care of attendees. Please refer to these individuals regarding concerns; they will be best able to either resolve your questions or contact the appropriate person for relevant information.
Definitely! Email us at email@example.com
If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, check out our rules here.