HVTechFest Youth Hackathon 2020 Recap

We are super thankful to all of the amazing participants, speakers, mentors, judges and sponsors for being the part of HVTechFestival Youth Hackathon! We hope all of our attendees had a great time — it was fantastic to host so many interesting individuals.

If you missed out, don’t worry! You can now access the full Hackathon Day 1 & Day 2 Livestreams.

The second HVTechFest Youth Hackathon 2020 was held virtually through the online platforms Zoom & Discord on October 23–24th. The theme for the 2020 HVTechFest was Technology & Recovery — Adapting to the New Abnormal.

We kicked off with Special Guest Speaker, Julie Anderson (“Brain Lady”), who discussed people’s varying brain structures as well as accompanying strengths. Design thinking warm up exercises were then given to the youth, who proceeded to pitch 60 second ideas. In the two-day event, creative thinkers as young as 11 years old got to work on their coding and computer science skills creating solutions for Social Distancing, Digital Divide, and Jobs & Workforce Development.

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Highlights

  • Over 150 interested attendees and 75 actual participants that joined forces in the Youth Hackathon
  • 25 inspiring and unique ideas were pitched by the participants
  • Attendees were matched into 8 teams with dedicated mentors from colleges and tech companies
  • 13 projects were submitted including 5 submissions from professional developers
  • Judges presented 5 awards to the top 5 teams and the audience got to choose their favorite team

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