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42 Silicon Valley Hosts AngelHack Hackathon 2018

42 Silicon Valley teamed up with AngelHack to host our first AngelHack Hackathon this past Saturday, April 28th and Sunday, April 29th. Over 200 participants turned up and we’re proud to say that two 42 student teams took home 2nd and 3rd place!

Every year, AngelHack adventures across the globe for their yearly Global Hackathon Series. Over the course of summer 2018, they’ll hit six continents, bridging the gap between Silicon Valley innovation and entrepreneurs all over the world and this year they chose 42 as the site for their flagship event.

Seamless Technology is this year’s theme and according to AngelHack, “the challenge was for participants to make something innovative without limits, something that brings positive change to the world, or even something that solves a small problem.

As they do every year, AngelHack offered its own grand prize, which this year was an invite into AngelHack’s HACKcelerator program, and also teamed up with sponsors who had their own challenges and prizes participants wen after, including cool hardware, software and even cash prizes!

42 was a proud sponsor this year, providing the venue as well as mentors and ambassadors to work the event and keep things running. Many 42 students also participated in the Hackathon and we are proud to say that our students won both second place for “Rezzi” and an honorable mention for “CrowdPool.”

All ages, genders, and skill levels participated with a little under 30 teams of up to five people each. Attendees spent the weekend learning new skills, meeting the local tech community and tech sponsors, enjoying free food and of course, deep in coding.

Judging was based on 5 criteria:

  • Fundability
  • Execution
  • UI/UX
  • Originality
  • Scalability

Excitement remained high throughout the two days but one of the highlights was definitely the fact that a 15-year old attendee won both Veridium challenges totaling to a $10K prize — $2500 in cash (USD) and $2500 worth of cryptocurrency for each challenge he won.

42 Corporate Relations Manager, Jamie Parenteau, had the opportunity to coach the winning team whose Code 2 Shop web app allows girls aged 13+ to complete defined coding tasks for points and shopping rewards. “It was awesome! They did a great job,” she said. “After they won, they all came and hugged me and thanked me!”

Another highlight was that the 42 student project team who is working on the State Park app, Wilderness Patrol, in partnership with California State Parks got invited to the National Environmental Health Association’s (NEHA) 2018 Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibition happening June 25 – 28 in Anaheim, California.

Congratulations to all 42 students who participated and especially those who placed!

 

published by admin – May 3, 2018