Fun and educational virtual event for all high schoolers

Register on our website, at https://teenhackshtx.site/

What is TeenHacksHTX?

TeenHacksHTX is a 24-hour innovation event held online and sponsored by the University of Houston Victoria - Katy, where high school students work together to develop skills in teamwork, programming, and real world problem-solving. Participants will be able to compete in our main competition, for the best overall project created, responding to multiple themes and prompts we'll announce on they day of the competition.

Along the way, you'll be able to participate in workshops, play minigames, and listen to guest speakers - all facilitated by our sponsors. 

Our Mission

TeenHacks HTX is the first public, high-school oriented hackathon of its kind in Houston. Despite being the fourth-largest city in the United States and a growing tech hub, real-life experience and competition is severely lacking for high-schoolers interested in STEM, and especially computer science, across the area.

We hope to change that, by providing a low-cost, easily accessible, fun, and collaborative coding competition for any high schoolers pursuing STEM and computer science to attend. 

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Prizes

$680 in prizes

1st Place

Best overall hack

2nd Place

2nd place overall hack

3rd Place

3rd place overall hack

Hardware winner

To compete in this track, your product must incorporate the use of a microcontroller board or SoC. We recommend those available from Elegoo, Inc.

The winning team of our hardware track will receive UNO R3 Smart Car Kits from our sponsor, Elegoo.

AR/VR winner

To compete in this track, your product must incorporate the use of echoAR's platform.

The winning team of our AR/VR track will receive a 50$ Amazon Gift Card, as well as a month of free business-tier access to echoAR's products and a feature in the echoAR newsletter.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Country: Any

Grade Level: 9-12. You may apply for an exception to this rule, however - email us at teenhackshtx@val8.org

Team Sizes: 1-4

Requirements

We're not expecting finished products. Rather, you should work to build the most innovative yet feature-complete demo of your product that you can within the allotted time.

Judges

Karis Ng

Karis Ng
Technical Lead at PROS, Inc

Sandy Pham

Sandy Pham
Associate UI/UX Designer

Aaron Dancer

Aaron Dancer
Software Architect at ChaiOne

Michelle Ferrell

Michelle Ferrell
UX Designer at Johnson Space Center Federal Credit Union

Daniel Rutledge

Daniel Rutledge
Senior Software Engineer at PROS, Inc

Jesus Hernandez

Jesus Hernandez
Product Design Director at CodeAwesome

Alon Grinshpoon

Alon Grinshpoon
CEO of echoAR

Judging Criteria

  • Follows Tracks
    Falls under the general outlines of “education, health, and gaming”. If hardware, uses SoC; if software, git commit history does not precede May 29th at 6 PM.
  • Problem addressed
    Is the problem addressed complex and far reaching?
  • Ambition and originality of idea
    Is the idea original? Is it impactful to the community and is it a viable solution?
  • Technologies used and innovation
    Was the approach innovative? Was it technically complex?
  • Final Product
    How was the final product? Does it have any major flaws or bugs?
  • Quality of presentation
    How clear was the presentation? Did it demonstrate functionality as well as impact of the product, either in video or the Devpost?
  • Overall WOW Factor