date_range February 29 & March 1
Hacks Academy is a free 24-hour coding event where 100 student programmers, artists, designers, & high schoolers of other interests converge from the greater Cleveland area to build apps & games. We'll be providing beginner workshops, mentors, snacks, & places to rest. Students projects will be judged after they have a chance to demo and the best projects will win prizes.
Hacks Academy will begin at 9:00 AM on Saturday, February 29 and will end at 10:00 AM on Sunday, March 1, 2019.
No, we’re not “hacking” servers or databases. The word is being constructively re-defined as building things—apps, games, websites, etc. At Hacks Academy, it’s all safe, supervised, & entirely educational.
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Any current student grades 8-12. You don’t need to know anything about hacking or coding — you just need an open and curious mind and a will to do good in the world!
Anything! A website, app, game, hardware hack, you name it. Judges will rate projects on creativity, technical skill demonstrated, polish, and utility.
Nothing! Registration and attendance are 100% free, with snacks, drinks, swag, & workshops included.
Complete beginners are not only welcome, but expected! Learn as you go with our intro workshops & mentors.
Hacks Academy is for you, too! We welcome (and have prizes for) absolute beginners, experts, & everyone in between.
Nope! You’ll have an opportunity to meet fellow hackers and make teams of up to 5—find some new friends, bring yours, or work alone.
Plan to bring a student ID, computer (any kind), chargers, anything for your project (e.g. hardware), toiletries, a water bottle, & a sleeping bag (if you plan on sleeping). Also remember to bring a reasonable amount of money, since you'll have access to food trucks.
Hacks Academy is organized by Gilmour Academy, partnered with Execute Big, a non-profit organization dedicated to running programs like this. It is fully supervised by adult chaperones, faculty, and student organizers.
Execute Big is a student-run non-profit organization under Hack Club that helps educational institutions run innovative, purpose-driven events impacting their local communities.
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