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A Coding Learning festival for 5 - 9 graders

  • The first-ever middle school students focused hackfest  

An academic festival & hackathon contest event, where teams of middle school students can compete for prizes, and learn valuable STEM skills along the way.

  • A fun event combines coding competition and workshop 

Even if you don’t have any coding experience, our workshops will guide you through the fundamentals of coding, as well as other topics, such as entrepreneurship!

Frequent Asked Questions   (Hackathon FAQ)

  • What is a hackathon?

  • How does workshop work  ?

  • Why do we need teams ?

What is a Hackathon ?

A hackathon is an event where programmers get together to collaborate on a project. The participants collaborates in teams to create an idea, and build it into a product or prototype in a relatively short period of time.

What do I create in a hackathon ?

Your creation can be basically anything, not necessarily using a programming language (although you can use a programming language if you wish). For example, you could create a Scratch game for schools to let their students use, or create a project on a Raspberry Pi to track the most common type of material recycled in a neighborhood. 

What is the difference between hackathon and coding competition?

Unlike a normal coding competition, Hackathons are focused on the "building" aspect. That is, instead of using code to solve certain questions that we give you, you'll be trying to build something related to one of the themes (education, community impact, health). 

Smarthacks Hackathon program Overview

  • Project based  

Participants will work on a coding project with a team of up to 4 teammates. They will submit a video detailing your project, and our judging panel will select the best ones. Prizes will be given to the winning teams.

  • Themes  

Education, Community Impact, and Health

  • Program Chair 

 Daniel Wei is a freshman at Cornell University, and an ELITE Instructor at Kid Teach Kid. His interests mainly lie in the field of computer science, where he is an USACO Gold competitor, and a nationally ranked Science Olympiad competitor. He also works on various tech-related initiatives, including TeenHacksHTX, a high school Hackathon with over 300 participants, and Modulus, an educational platform.

  • Program Co-Chair 

 Sage Wang is a junior at Clements High School. She is the co-founder and President of technology & Content Development of Kid Teach Kid. She was a 6x Gold Key Winner for the Scholastic Writing Competition; 2-time AIME qualifier, and USACO Silver medalist, and co-president of the "Girls Who Code" club.

  • Instructors

Our instructors consist of several experienced coders, who have competed and performed well in many Hackathons and Coding Competitions themselves! They will guide participants through the creating and coding process, regardless of experience.

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Ceremony and Workshop Details 

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

Sunday, September 13 - 9:00-10:00 pm CST

Rushank Goyal: Neural Networks (Machine Learning and Illustrations)

  • Billabong High International School

  • Founder & CEO @ Betsos

  • President @ Helyx India Chapter

  • Second Prize @ RSF Innovation Hub

  • Third Prize @ Sanskaar Tech Fest

  • Chromebook Winner @ Conrad Challenge

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