CUHacks 2016

Cupertino Library's Teen Hackathon

5PM Saturday, June 11th - 11AM Sunday, June 12th

Cupertino Library & City Hall

Registration opens Tuesday, May 31st at 10am

What is CUHacks?

CUHacks is Cupertino Library's free, overnight hack-a-thon event for teenage participants aged 14-19 and is part of the Santa Clara County Library District's Teen Summer Reading Challenge 2016 .

The Cupertino Library and the Cupertino Library Foundation are dedicated to providing this event as a springboard for the next generation of programmers, hardware enthusiasts, and all-around tech lovers in which they can join together and bring their coolest, most innovative ideas to life and win some awesome prizes in the process. 150 teenagers, ages 14 – 19, will be putting their engineering, robotics construction, and computer programing skills to the test in this revolutionary event.

During CU HACKS 2, teen participants will be given a 12-hour time allotment in which to combine their critical thinking, technical planning, and coding development skills to produce applications directly relating to the CU HACKS 2 prompt. There is only one catch: the prompt will be kept secret until 72 hours before the event.

Throughout the night, a variety of mentor-led, instructional workshops will be held to assist participants of all skill levels. Whether the teen is a beginner coder, or an experienced hacker, all attendees will exit the event having learned new programing techniques and skills to add to their evolving repertoire. CU HACKS 2 is also an excellent opportunity for young techies to network with and learn from like-minded teens, tech innovators, and experienced mentors.

Guest judges will assess and score each hack-a-thon project based on a defined set of criteria for evaluating the submission’s originality, technical difficulty, and applicability. Top finalists will then “pitch” their projects to a panel of judges, explaining their application’s purpose, relevancy and effectiveness.

An award ceremony will be held shortly after the event; here the winning teams will demonstrate their projects to the public and will be awarded their prizes. CLF members, library administrators, and local politicians and community stakeholders will take part in this special event.

Questions and Answers

What is a hackathon?/

CUHacks is a programming competition to build awesome technology related projects within 12 hours.

Who can attend?/

Anyone between the age of 14 and 19 can attend this hackathon.

How much does it cost?/

CUHacks is FREE! This includes food, drinks, wi-fi, access to the workshops, and everything during the hackathon.

/Do I have to stay the whole time?

Yes. All registered participants are required to stay for the duration of the event. Sleeping for the entire event is not permitted. Power naps are fine

/What should I bring?

Generally, you would want your laptop, a phone, chargers, power strips, and any other nighttime necessities. Food and refreshments will be provided.

/How big are teams?

Teams must be between 1 and 4 people big.

This event is supported by the Cupertino Library Foundation

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