October 29 to 30, 2021: distributed / virtual Hackathon locations.
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What does Open Data mean? What is available in the Hudson Valley? How can we map it and connect our communities?
The Hudson Valley economy is growing. As always, growth brings change, and change creates challenges. Our region boasts a pioneering vision. We find innovative solutions that meet the economic challenges faced by all the valley’s communities. The need to connect people to the goods and services they want has never been greater and the desire to understand community problems motivates our community!
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way people conduct their affairs. It’s an evolving, technology-driven, and profound pivot to a "new normal." We want to improve the regions’ resilience and empower users and makers.
We want to find how to:
2:00pm - Design Thinking Workshop
3:00pm - Open Data Workshop
4:00pm - Hackathon Kick-off:
4:20pm: Introducing Data for Social Good Challenge (the big reveal!!)
5:00pm: Idea Pitching, Teams forming
6:15pm: Rapid Ideation around their ideas
6:45pm: Create your game plan and start hacking
8:00pm: Transition to remote collaboration
9:00am: Digital doors open at Discord, support team is available
11:00am: Mentors Sign In: run your pitch by mentor and improve it using feedback received
1:45pm: Hacking Ends, Projects Submitted for Judging
2:00pm: Intro and Welcome Judges
2:15pm: Demos and Presentations
2:45 pm: Judge Deliberation
2:45 pm: How Do You Leverage Your Hackathon Experience / Career Ideation
3:30 pm: Award Ceremony
Anyone can sign up for the Hackathon. We welcome all ages and all levels of expertise. We will be creating teams consisting of a diverse range of talents and skills.
We are looking forward to see professional developers, high school and college students. Non-developers are welcomed too.
We'll encourage you to form mixed teams of professionals and non-professionals, high-tech and low-tech functions and roles.
You can join as a team, form professional teams or pair with the youth to help them building their next big thing!
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To enhance HVTechFest 2021 Hackathon, we want to hear your thoughts and proposals. What challenge triggers YOU?
We’re looking for ideas for collaborative team challenges that will inspire our community to use technology, data, and design for the public good. Submit Your Idea, Find Your Team
Educators, students, designers, developers, social workers, business specialists, and anyone else interested in developing a solution is encouraged to co-create this fantastic event!
The inaugural HVTechFest Youth Hackathon 2019 was the first ever regional problem solving festival. Seven hours long it was a full day of collaboration, brainstorming and idea-development competition to solve critical regional issues.
HVTechFest Youth Hackathon 2020 was able to transition fully remote with international attendance. ~150 people attended. The following challenges were addressed:
Our Hackathons revealed how the youth are driven to solve Hudson Valley employability and professional sustainability challenges. We were excited to see that we are all aligned in our dream of making the Hudson Valley a better place to live and work, and leveraging technology as a practical tool for this rising tide! We applied the following approach: