About

hillsHacks is the second annual hackathon hosted by Watchung Hills! A hackathon is an event where a large number of people come together to explore and be inspired by computer science and technology.

Throughout the afternoon, beginners and experts alike can explore computer science through demos, talks, and workshops. Learn how computer science is being applied to space exploration and medicine! Learn the basics of Python or JavaScript! Learn about the development process as high school students showcase their projects! No prior experience is required.

Since the theme for hillsHacks 2019 is “Coding the Classroom”, at the end of the day, participants will be challenged to improve the classroom experience through innovative technological solutions. To conclude the event, everyone will have the opportunity to showcase what they’ve been working on in an informal sales pitch. While judges will select a few projects to win prizes, we would like to stress that prizes are not the main focus of the event, and are only meant to reward participants for their hard work.

The event will take place Sunday May 19th, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Register


An admission fee of $20 is needed to cover the costs of food, prizes, and t-shirt. In order to attend, please complete online registration and payment by clicking below.




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FAQ

Why come to hillsHacks?

Computer science is on the path to near ubiquity worldwide and attending hackathons are a great way to develop your knowledge in coding. Regardless of your experience, you will learn something new at hillsHacks. All students grade 6 and up are welcome.

What if I don’t know anything about coding or computer science?

hillsHacks is your opportunity to learn!

I’m an expert at coding. What do I get out of this event?

As the first high school hackathon with a theme of educational technology, you’ll have the unique opportunity to apply your skills and create something that can help improve classrooms, possibly winning prizes as well. Also, by being with other people interested in computer science, you are bound to learn something new.

This sounds like a long day, will there be food?

Of course! All participants will be given lunch and dinner. Snacks will also be available throughout the day.

Do I need to bring my own computer?

We do recommend that you bring your own computer, but we are trying to get school chromebooks for everyone to use. We will let you know.

Sounds great! Where is it?

It's at Watchung Hills Regional High School, which is at 108 Stirling Rd, Warren, NJ 07059. You should enter through the main entrance at the front of the school.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact

Mr. Twisler at dtwisler@whrhs.org, Jagdeep at 200430@whrhs-stu.org, or Mayur at 204670@whrhs-stu.org.

Schedule

Click on any event to find out more! (Last updated 4/23)

11:00-11:30
Registration
11:30-12:00
Opening Ceremony
12:00-12:30
Lunch
 
Workshops
 
Room 20
Room 21
Room 22
Room 23A
Room 24
South Cafeteria
12:30-1:30
Intro to Python
Tech Toys - Micro:bits
From Chemistry to Machine Learning
Coding in Space
 
1:30-2:30
Intro to Python
Tech Toys - Spheros
Making Video Games
Github
Website Design
 
2:30-3:30
Intro to Python
Banana Physics
Making Video Games
Efficiency in Python
Why CS is important
Robotics
3:30-4:30
Intro to Python
Machine Learning for Cats and Mice
Nailing the Hackathon Pitch
LaTeX and Math
Robotics
4:30-5:30
Dinner and Design
5:30-6:00
Presentations
6:00-6:30
Closings