QueensHack is the first student-run hackathon in Queens, NY, led by a group of dedicated high school and college students striving to promote an interest in computer science. Over the course of 24-hours, participants will create awesome projects and showcase their creativity. Beginners and experts alike will have the opportunity to work together to improve their skills and impress the judges, culminating in an awards ceremony. Join us for a weekend of skill building, teamwork, and fun!
09:00am - Doors Open / Breakfast
10:30am - Opening Ceremony
11:30am - Team Formation
12:00pm - Hacking Begins / Lunch
01:00pm - Game Development with PhaserIO (Workshop by Renne Castro)
02:00pm - How To Deploy To Heroku (Workshop by Make School)
03:00pm - Intro to Object Oriented Programming and Swift (Workshop by Make School)
04:00pm - Intro to Git (Dan Stepanov)
07:00pm - Dinner
08:30pm - Photobooth
10:00pm - Jenga Tournament
12:00am - Midnight Snacks
12:15am - Lights Dimmed, Music Lowered
04:00am - Early Morning Refuel
08:00am - Breakfast
10:30am - Submission Roundup
12:00pm - Hacking Ends
12:30pm - Hack Demos
02:00pm - Judging
02:30pm - Closing Ceremony
03:00pm - Adios!
$1,186 in prizes
First Place - Sphero BB-8 (4)
Each team member receives an app-enabled Sphero BB-8.
Second Place - Millennium Falcon Drone (4)
Each team member receives an RC Millennium Falcon Drone.
Third Place - Divoom® Aurabox PixelArt Speaker (4)
Each team member receives an Aurabox speaker.
Honorable Mention - Jenga Set (4)
Each team member will receive a Jenga set.
Jenga Tournament Winner - Darth Vader VR (2)
The winners of our Jenga tournament will win a Darth Vader themed Google Cardboard.
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Only current high school and undergraduate students are eligible to participate as a hacker. If you are an industry professional who would like to mentor or run a workshop, please fill out this form.
How to enter
Thanks to our sponsors, we have access to a repository of API credits. If you intend on using Kairos, Twilio, or Figma, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request. If you are using Clarifai, you can redeem credits yourself by signing up here.
If you are working IoT hardware, we would suggest using the Wyliodrin STUDIO which will help ease development.
If you are having trouble coming up with an idea, we invite you to try out Springboard Projects.
We also have a hardware lab setup. You can borrow our hardware to hack on for the duration of the hackathon. Please note that a valid photo ID or credit card with your name is required to borrow hardware. In the event of any damage to the hardware, you will be held responsible and will be required to pay for damages.
Following is the list of available hardware:
- 15 Leap Motions
- 5 Spark Photon Boards
- 3 Muse Headbands
- 1 Oculus Rift DK2
- 5 Pebble Steels
- 12 Myo Armbands
We suggest looking these up and downloading any necessary software prior to the event. There will be over a hundred people present and downloading large files will only clog up the Internet. Please be prepared ahead of time.
We also invite you to join our participants Facebook group so that you can post questions and talk with other attendees before and throughout the event.
Chief Technology Officer @ NYC
Program Director @ Camp/Interactive
Founder @ CodeNewbie
Founder @ Coalition for Queens (C4Q)
Technical Evangelist @ Adobe
How difficult was your idea to 'hack'? Did you slap together APIs or did you challenge yourself with new technologies?
Would a random person be able to use your 'hack' without any difficulty? Would their experience be flawless and as intended?
How practical is your 'hack' in today's world? Would you use it outside of QueensHack?
Does your 'hack' look appealing? If another 'hack' had the same functionality, would someone choose yours over it based on the design?