With the help of industry mentors, NYC high school students will build digital products that aim to make a positive change in NYC communities.

NYC Generation Tech (GenTech) student hackathons are deisgned to provide NYC high school students from under-resourced communities the opportunity to develop their coding skills and work alongside professionals from NYC's tech community. Presented by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, the New York City Economic Development CorporationCenter 4Dev BootcampPediacities, Squarespace, and FoodtoEatGenTech Student Hackathon: Code4Tomorrow challenges students to identify ways to make a positive change in the communities in which they live and to think about solutions for big social problems related to health, education, employment, and seniors. With the support of volunteer mentors, students will create a digital prototype, promotional website, and demo presentation to showcase their idea. In the evening, all students will present, and prizes will be awarded to the winning teams. We hope you can join us! 

Please visit our event page for more information. 

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Eligibility

This challenge is open to all New York City high school students who have registered for the event and are present at the February 22nd hackathon. Teams will be formed the morning of the event, and each team must consist of at least 4 NYC high school students. 

Requirements

Participants must conceive of an idea that addresses the Code4Tomorrow theme of identifying ways to make a positive change in NYC communities. Two digital products must be submitted:

  1. Digital Prototype of the idea
  2. Promotional Website

Judges

Peyman Faratin

Peyman Faratin
Founder, Robust Links

David Famolari

David Famolari
Director, Verizon Ventures

Steven Hodas

Steven Hodas
Executive Director, Innovate NYC Schools, NYCDOE

Tara Walpert Levy

Tara Walpert Levy
Managing Director, Global Ads Marketing, Google

Donna Terman

Donna Terman
Group Head, Innovation Management, MasterCard Labs

Judging Criteria

  • Digital Prototype Idea
    How innovative is the idea? How well does the idea address a problem in a NYC community?
  • Digital Prototype Functionality
    How complete is the prototype? How intuitive is the user interface?
  • Promotional Website
    How appropriate is the design and content for reaching the target customer? How well did students apply the Mozilla Webmaker tools and simple HTML/CSS learned throughout the day?
  • Overall Communication
    How well did the team members articulate their idea? How convincing was the presentation?