2019 – A Year in Review

2019 at 42 Silicon Valley was full of events, hackathons, new partnerships, amazing students projects, and more. Here are some of our highlights from this past year!

Student Projects

42 Silicon Valley provides an industry-leading, college-level education for free with no teachers or classes. At 42, our students explore their passions, develop new skills, and change the world through project-based learning. We’re one of the few college-level schools that invest heavily in project-based educational models.

A few projects that our students worked on in 2019 include:

AVIA – On January 6, 2019, Assembly Bill 626 went into effect in the state of California. This allows anyone who wants to start a “microenterprise home kitchen operation” to apply for a permit to allow them to sell meals out of their private home kitchen. Two 42 students built AVIA, an app that connects users with home chefs in the local community who offer home-cooked meals. 

Cupet – The first all women team in 42’s Accelerate, Kristine Sonu and Mi Hwangbo, built Cupet, hoping to increase the number of pet adoptions in our local pet shelters through their AR (augmented reality) Mobile Game App.

MetaHobby – MetaHobby was just a word for, “the hobby of having and finding hobbies,” but hobbies often turn into so much more. A group of students expanded on their convenient hobbies of programming, game design, and pixel art, and created MetaHobby, the game studio. They released their first game, Hexcross this year and are working on more.

Wurk – Two 42 students, comprising of a former product manager, the other a former iOS engineer, worked together to build Wurk, a project management software.

DotA 2 AI Bot – Four students were challenged to an AI experiment: create a bot that can play DotA 2. 

For more information about student projects at 42 Silicon Valley, click here.

Partnerships

Alongside our current partnership with Claris (formerly FileMaker), we continue to partner with companies to provide resources and tools to support our students journey towards a career in software engineering.

This year, we partnered with both Google Qwiklabs and GitKraken by Axosoft to provide our students free access to their tools. Google Qwiklabs gives our students access to unique learning tools that will help them better understand topics like machine learning, security, infrastructure, app development, and more. Their hands-on learning experience aligns with 42’s educational model perfectly. And as part of one of GitKraken’s educational initiatives, GitKraken Stand-Alone was installed for free (normally $99/ user/year) on hundreds of computers at 42 Silicon Valley. GitKraken makes Git operations not only efficient, but also more engaging. Both tools have been a great asset to our 42 community!

Events & Hackathons Hosted at 42

This year, 42 Silicon Valley teamed up with even more companies to host events and hackathons on our campus. With 1,024 iMacs and a large space, we’re proud to offer the community our space to host these events.

Our events hosted this year include:

Google Hashcode – Hash Code is a team programming competition, organized by Google, for students and professionals around the world. 42 Silicon Valley was only one of two hubs that were hosted in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

We will be hosting it again on February 20, 2020 – find out more information and register here.

Call for Code Hackathon – For the second year in a row, 42 hosted the Call for Code Hackathon, a hackathon that asks participants to, “create practical, effective, and high-quality applications based on cloud, data, and artificial intelligence that can have an immediate and lasting impact on humanitarian issues.

Samsung Bixby Hackathon – We held a week-long hackathon with Samsung Bixby. The goal for the hackathon was for students to develop Bixby Capsules for the Bixby platforms. Eight teams presented at the end, and the top three winning teams were invited to interview for internships at Samsung.

AngelHack – We hosted our second AngelHack Global Hackathon. Sponsors included Amazon Web Services (AWS), IBM’s Call for Code, Agora.io and Waves Platform. The sponsors offered different challenges and prizes for those who participated.

Build the Bay – We kicked off our first internal hackathon, where we partnered with the City of Newark to have our students to build projects with an emphasis on helping the local Bay Area community.To learn more about our events and for more information on hosting an event on our campus, contact us here.

Our 2019 Milestones

2019 was a milestone year for 42 – alongside all the great events, student projects, and new partnerships mentioned above, we also reached many more milestones, including: the first student on our campus reached Level 21 in our gamified curriculum, the first startup out of 42 Silicon Valley raised a $4 million Series A led by venture capital firm Draper Associates, we celebrated our third year anniversary, and the launch of 42 Network: the official worldwide network of 42 schools around the world.

At the end of the year, we sadly said goodbye to our Chief Academic Officer, Gaetan Juvin. Since the beginning of 42 and 42 Silicon Valley, Gaetan has encouraged and inspired thousands of students. Gaetan believes the solution to all of the world’s problems is education and says that, “education is the most powerful weapon for changing the world.” Everyone at 42 Silicon Valley will miss his uplifting spirit and Star Wars merch and wish him the best for his next journey!

We also introduced our new Executive Director, Ulises Zatarain. He previously served as the Director of Program Operations for Saint Vincent De Paul Society of San Francisco, and the Development Director for Puent de la Costa Sur in San Mateo County. He shared, “As we move into a new decade, we at 42 Silicon Valley are excited to be at the cutting edge of innovative software engineering education and social innovation. We look forward to training the next generation of change agents and tech leaders.”

Thanks for a great 2019, we can’t wait to share what’s in store for 2020!

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published by Kim Alvarez – January 9, 2020