Teens! Register for the 2016 Hack-a-Thon

Teens! Register for the 2016 Hack-a-Thon

Teens! Don’t Miss the CU Hacks 2 Hackathon

Saturday June 11th – Sunday June 12th

CU HACKS 2 is the Cupertino Library’s FREE, overnight hack-a-thon event for teenage participants scheduled for June 11 – 12, 2016. CU Hacks 2 also offers mentor-led instructional workshops, robot demonstrations, and tons of FOOD! Registration is required and opens on Tuesday, May 31th @ 10 am.

CU HACKS 2 is a collective, community event that fosters STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) learning skills and gives teen coders first-hand experience in working within an engaging, collaborative environment to create and develop projects that have the potential to make a direct, positive impact on the lives of others.

Cupertino Library and the Cupertino Library Foundation are dedicated to providing CU HACKS 2 as a springboard for the next generation of programmers, hardware enthusiasts, and all-around tech lovers in which they can join together and bring their coolest, most innovative ideas to life.  150 teenagers, ages 14 – 19, will put their engineering, robotics construction, and computer programming skills to the test in this epic event. Teen participants will compete for over $2800 in prizes, graciously donated by the Cupertino Library Foundation.

PRIZES: Over $2,800 in prizes!
WHO: Cupertino teens ages 14-19
WHEN: Saturday, June 11th – Sunday, June 12th
WHERE: Cupertino Community Hall
How: Registration opens May 31, 2016 at 10 am.
Register at: http://tinyurl.com/CUHacks2

How the Hack-a-thon Works

During CU HACKS 2, teen participants will have 12 hours in which to combine their critical thinking, technical planning, and coding development skills to produce applications directly relating to the CU HACKS 2 prompt. There is only one catch: the prompt will be kept secret until 72 hours before the event.

Throughout the night, a variety of mentor-led, instructional workshops will be held to assist participants of all skill levels. Whether the teen is a beginner coder, or an experienced hacker, all attendees will exit the event having learned new programing techniques and skills to add to their evolving repertoire. CU HACKS 2 is also an excellent opportunity for participants to network with and learn from like-minded teens, tech innovators, and experienced mentors.


A panel of guest judges will assess and score each hack-a-thon project based on a defined set of criteria for evaluating the submission’s originality, technical difficulty, and applicability. Top finalists will then give a live “pitch” presentation highlighting their projects to the judges and explaining their application’s purpose, relevancy and effectiveness.

Awards Ceremony

An award ceremony will be held shortly after the event at the Cupertino Hotel.  At the reception, the winning teams will demonstrate their projects to the public and will be awarded their prizes. Cupertino Library Foundation members, library administrators, local elected officials and community stakeholders will take part in this special event.

About CU HACKS for Cupertino Teens

CU HACKS is a collective community event that fosters STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) learning skills and gives teen designers first-hand experience in joining together within an engaging, collaborative environment in which they can create and develop projects that have the potential to make a direct, positive impact on the lives of young adults in the Cupertino community. For more information on Cupertino Library’s CU HACKS programming, visit CU Hacks.

According to County Librarian Nancy Howe, “CU HACKS 2 is a great example of the library and community connecting teens to learning using the latest technology. It’s thrilling to see the library transformed into a hub of collaboration. CU HACKS 2 is an example of today’s public library in action.”

“To excel in CU Hacks 2, the participants will need to reinforce their technical expertise with collaborative, creative, and communication skills. These are the abilities that we look for in tomorrow’s business and technical leaders. The Cupertino Library Foundation is pleased to sponsor this project-based learning experience for the youths in our community,” said Jerry Liu, Cupertino Library Foundation Board member.

See What Happened at the 2015 Hack-a-thon!

The original CU HACKS (2015) gained national attention being the first-ever hack-a-thon specifically for teens held in a public library venue. CU HACKS welcomed a group of 143 teenagers which included 47 female participants, 30 coding mentors, and 64 first-time hack-a-thon contestants.

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Learn More at the Cupertino Library

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