Cupertino Teen Hackathon a Huge Success

Cupertino Teen Hackathon a Huge Success

First Cupertino Teen Hackathon a Huge Success

Over 100 Cupertino teens spent the night putting their engineering, robotics, constructing, and computer programming skills to the test at the very first CU HACKS event at the Cupertino Library in June.

The Cupertino Library and the Cupertino Library Foundation sponsored the free hackathon as a springboard for the next generation of programmers, hardware enthusiasts, and all-around tech lovers to join together and bring their coolest, most innovative ideas to life and win some awesome prizes in the process.


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For Our Future

“CU HACKS provides a unique collaborative and learning opportunity to high school students,” says Gayathri Kanth, Cupertino community librarian.

The goals of CU Hacks include giving teens an opportunity for personal growth, boosting design and coding skills, collaborating with groups, designing projects with a community benefit and encouraging girls to participate.

“CU HACKS is an innovative program that establishes the library as a place that engages teens in creating projects that make a positive impact on the lives of teens in the Cupertino community,” says Eno Schmidt, president of the Cupertino Library Foundation.

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Teens in Action

For the majority of teens, this was their first hackathon. Participants formed teams from one to four students. And throughout the night, a variety of mentor-led instructional workshops on programming techniques were held to assist participants of all skill levels.

Teens started hacking at 7 pm and wrapped up around 7 am, after making a pitch video for the judges. The finalists then got on the stage to make a live pitch to the judges after having been awake at least some 17 hours. Guest judges assessed and scored each hackathon project based on a defined set of criteria for evaluating the submission’s originality, technical difficulty, user experience, and applicability. The top two finalists in each of the five categories then “pitched” their projects to a panel of judges, explaining their application’s relevancy and effectiveness. Teens made the most of energy, the creativity, and the technical skills with entries that included:

  • A 3D game with the game universe based in Cupertino
  • A music generator that matches your mood
  • An app to help the teens find hangout spots
  • An app to help them relax
  • And one that you strap on your arm to detect if you’ve fallen asleep

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Watch the Teen Entry Videos

This is a very impressive set of videos from the teams that made it to the final round – considering the teens came up with the idea, implemented it, planned the pitch, shot and edited the video – all within a 12 hour period .

Social Hacks

Synthesis (Winner)

Spot (Runner-Up)

Educational Hacks

Math Memory (Winner)

Lonely Boy (Runner-Up)

Gaming Hacks

Night Owl (Winner)

Flappy Nerd (Runner-Up)

Tutorify (Honorable Mention)

Beginner Hacks

Refresh (Winner)

Tilt (Runner-Up)

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Learn More at the Cupertino Library

Cupertino Library has more than 330,000 volumes in its collection, circulates more than 2.5 million items annually and welcomes over 850,000 visitors annually. The Cupertino Library operates Monday through Thursday 10AM-9PM; Friday and Saturday, 10AM-6PM; and Sunday, noon-6PM.

Cupertino Library is one of the Santa Clara County Library District Libraries. Known as one of America’s best 100 public libraries, the Santa Clara County Library District promotes knowledge, ideas, and cultural enrichment. Its collection includes more than 1.9 million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks and extensive online resources accessible from home or work.

For eleven years, the Library has ranked as one of the best in the nation for its size by Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings. Also recognized as one of America’s 2013 Star Libraries by Library Journal, the Santa Clara County Library District is one of the most-used public resources in the region.

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The Cupertino Library Foundation is a 501(c)3 Public Benefit Corporation with the purpose to raise money to continue programs encouraging life-long learning and self-improvement through the Cupertino Library. The Foundation has the Non-Profit Seal of Approval by Guidestar demonstrating satisfaction of transparency requirements and is a member of the Google for Nonprofits program receiving tools to work efficiently. It seeks major donations from corporations and the business community and from other foundations as well as individual donations and planned gifts and bequests. For further information visit: Cupertino Library Foundation

For more information on Cupertino Library’s CU HACKS programming, visit CU Hacks.

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