TJHSST Hackathon 2013
On April 26th-27th, 2013, the largest high school hackathon ever was held at TJ with 100+ students in 29 teams ranging from 2 to 5 students showcasing their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. Projects ranged from a musical take on Conway’s Game of Life to a photo app that can take a picture of a math problem and solve it using Wolfram Alpha’s computation engine.
The winners were Kabir Brar ’14, Ben Hsu ’13, Rena Liu ’14, Ye (Eric) Tao ’13, with their app “Mapify”, a Marauder’s Map (think Harry Potter) for students at TJ which allows them to check in to various locations in the school. Students consumed over 40 pies of pizza, over 300 Subway sandwiches, and 250 bagels. Some students ended up staying awake for over 36 hours straight, from getting up for school on Friday to the end of closing ceremonies at 6pm on Saturday.
The event was co-organized by both TJ alumni and students: Hanna Rudin ’13, Amy Kim ’14, Alex Sands ’13, Sebastian Lerner ’13, Mayank Jain ’12, Ani Chandra ’15, Peter Andringa ’16 and Jeevan Karamsetty ’15. Finally, HackTJ couldn’t have happened without our great volunteers, mentors (including 10 TJ alumns), and sponsors including Palantir, Facebook, Amazon, Google, MoDev and many other incredible companies. We hope to grow the event in the future by allowing surrounding high schools to participate, as well as spreading to other cities, to inspire more students to pursue an interest in computer science and engineering at an earlier age.