HackJPS 2020

HackJPS is a virtual 4-day hackathon that is being led by students from JP Stevens High School from September 18 to September 21, 2020. We are open to both high school and middle school students, and participation is not limited to those with a large background in programming - we hope to draw students from all skill levels, and even encourage participants who have not programmed before. In fact, given that our event is now virtual due to Covid-19, we have no limit on capacity so we really want a lot of people to try out this unique experience. Ultimately, HackJPS will be a really fun experience for students - we will have fun online minigames, music rooms, learning rooms, and other ways for participants to mingle amongst themselves.

Visit our website at hackjps.tech for the official schedule!

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Prizes

$10,885 in prizes

Best data-usage project

-$200 in credits on Bugsee
-Each team member gets a year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro ($375)
-AoPS coupon ($25)

Best gaming hack

-$200 in credits on Bugsee
-Each team member gets a year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro ($375)
-AoPS coupon ($25)

Most socially applicable project

-$200 in credits on Bugsee
-Each team member gets a year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro ($375)
-AoPS coupon ($25)

Best web application/ front-end development project

-$200 in credits on Bugsee
-Each team member gets a year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro ($375)
-AoPS coupon ($25)

Favorite Community Hack

-$200 in credits on Bugsee
-Each team member gets a year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro ($375)

Best EchoAR Hack

-$50 Amazon Gift Card
-1-Month free Business Tier access (x4)
-A feature in EchoAR’s newsletter

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

All high school and middle school students from all over the world with an interest in STEM are welcome to attend!

Requirements

Once the hackathon is complete, we will ask each team to enter their project into one of the categories below. The category should be the one that best defines your project even if the project could potentially go into a couple of different categories. We recommend having some idea of what category you would like to compete in before you start coding.

Best data-usage project

These projects will utilize existing data on the internet in order to do some sort of analysis or perform other functions. You can pull from websites or other databases/files for your projects.

We are looking for these projects to be pretty efficient in terms of how they use data. In addition, we want to see what type of analysis is done on the data, and how unique it is. However, it is up to you to decide what question you would like to address.

Best gaming hack

A lot of gamers are being drawn into coding. If you want to try and create an interesting game using software, this will definitely be the category to put your project in.

We are looking for innovation and something that other people will look to play as well. It does not have to be perfectly executed; we know that your games will certainly have some issues, but we want you to push yourselves, and try to do something new.

Most socially applicable project

The projects in this category will be trying to improve the world that we live in. Computers are becoming part of our daily life, and we want to see some projects that have positive implications.

Your projects will be judged on the merits of the issue your team is attempting to solve, the uniqueness of your solution, and how far you got with that solution.

Best web application/front-end development project

Front-end development is very important.  If your project is very focused on the web application side, then this is a great category to put your project into.

The main things we look at for projects under this category are aesthetics, creativity, and complexity. We don’t expect the project to be perfectly executed, but it should be neat and polished. The project should show that the team took risks and challenged themselves to make their hack complex and not something simple.

Favorite Community Hack

For this category, the community gets to decide who wins. Anyone who participates in HackJPS is able to vote for as many projects as they want, but only once for each project. The project with the most votes at the end of the voting period wins!

In addition to choosing a category, you will also have to...

1. Upload all the code and material needed to run your code to a Github repository or to Repl.it and attach a link to it when submitting

2. Record a video that explains the code of your project. The video should also have a demo showing off the final product and how it works. The video should be between 2-5 minutes in length and should be a Youtube link.

Judges

Ishaan Gupta

Ishaan Gupta
CS Major at CMU and Software Engineer Intern at AWS

Prachi Sinha

Prachi Sinha
MIT Graduate and Incoming Software Developer at Microsoft

Florene Quan

Florene Quan
Computer Science Teacher At J. P. Stevens

EchoAR

Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar
Director, Credit Suisse, NY

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity/Innovative
    Is the idea original and unique? How innovative is it compared to others in its category?
  • Complexity
    Does the project have a lot of depth to it? Is it sophisticated and not plain?
  • Execution
    Does the project have any errors? Is it visually clean?