Build the Bay Kick-off
On April 3rd, 42 Silicon Valley kicked off our first ever Build the Bay Hackathon. Build the Bay is a week-long hackathon that was designed to help make a difference in the Bay Area community. The focus is to use tech to help a local cause. This includes helping local nonprofits, charities, or family-owned local businesses. Anne Stedler, Economic Development Manager for the city of Newark, and Felix Lawrence, a local restaurant marketing partner, attended the event. City of Newark officials met with 15 students during the kickoff and they did an impromptu roundtable discussion.
Build the Bay Project Proposals
Project options included two different pathways. There was a proposal from the City of Newark and an open category for students to make an impact on their favorite cause.
The Project proposed by the City of Newark is a guide to feature local family-owned restaurants. Representatives from the city and local restaurant owners were present to help answer questions. In addition, they provided feedback to hackathon participants during specific office hours.
Family-Owned Restaurants Involved with Build the Bay
Five family-owned restaurants from Newark participated in the Build the Bay kickoff. We want to thank them for generously providing free food to our students at the event. Here is an overview of each restaurant:
Arteaga’s Food Center: Arteaga’s is a family-owned business that has been in operation for over 20 years. A local chain in Northern California, Arteaga’s is one of the top Latino grocery stores, taqueria, and carniceria.
Happy Kitchen: Happy Kitchen is a family-style Chinese restaurant that offers authentic Chinese recipes. All of their kitchen staff are from mainland China. They make noodles, tofu, and dim sum dishes by hand.
Happy Lemon Newark: Happy Lemon Newark Brought Boba Tea to the Build the Bay kickoff. Part of a larger chain, they offer beverages such as salted cheese, milk tea, dessert tea, lemon drinks, and pure tea.
New Tung Kee Noodle House: New Tung Kee Noodle House has an extensive menu of Chinese Cuisine. They offer classic favorites like wonton soup. In addition, they have vegetarian options on their menu.
WokLife Chinese Express: WokLife Chinese Express has a wide variety of Chinese cuisine. They offer readily prepared combo meals if you need to grab a quick bite. You may also order from their a la carte menu.
Build the Bay Final Presentations
Teams of 2-5 students participated in a final presentation on Friday, April 12th. There were 10 teams that presented a final project and each team had 5 minutes to showcase their idea. Here are some highlights from the student presentations:
Team members Kristine Sonu, Mi Hwangbo and Minah Kim want to raise awareness and encourage adoption of pets in the local community. They are trying to build an API integrated AR mobile game to help homeless animals. It gives potential pet adopters a chance to see what the animal would look like in their home (similar to Pokemon Go). In addition, the team wants to focus on how to collect feedback for the shelters.
Lahari Ganti, Matt Gill and Fred Bueno are part of a team that wants to create more transparency and avenues of communication between residents and local government. So they created a mobile app called btb (build the bay) that is like Reddit but for issues in the city. This makes it easier for residents to report any issues they may see, such as a need for more bike lanes.
October’s Very Own:
Christopher Ford, Joseph Kaplin, Kevin Colour, Kai Chen and Aymen Kharroubi decided to do the project proposed by the City of Newark. For their restaurant e-guide, they mainly focused on a map view. Users can see a map of local restaurants and filter food based on distance, type, etc. They also created cantina live for the 42 community of students to use.
Michael Brave, Brayan Castro, Vincent Dauvergne, Hafzul Bhuiyan, and Shane Poole also took up the City of Newark’s challenge. They created a restaurant e-guide that focuses on the needs of local restaurants. Specifically, they want to emphasize the positive experiences that people have had at restaurants in the Newark area. They plan on working on this further with team October’s Very Own.
Team members Donald Stolz, Poitier Stringer, Jack Watters, and Austin Pickett are working with Code for Fun and Hack High School. These programs work together to create coding classes for regional K-12 students. Team CFF is building a student progress and attendance tracker web app for mentors and administrators to use.
Giving Back Through Build the Bay
42 Silicon Valley is proud to be part of our local community. With the first annual Build the Bay hackathon, 42 students presented projects that have the potential to impact the Bay Area in a positive way. Josh Trujillo, an events coordinator at 42, is the brains behind the Build the Bay hackathon. He shared, “It was incredibly inspiring to see how passionate our students are when it comes to giving back and helping their community. We were lucky to be joined by representatives from the Newark Chamber of Commerce as well as local business owners. They were generous enough to help give feedback and guidance as to how the students can best help small businesses and their local community.”