General Information

What is it?

Steel City Hacks is a free 48 hour online hackathon for middle and high school students.

When is it?

The hackathon will be held from August 21st at 5 PM EST to August 23rd at 5 PM EST

About Steel City Hacks

Steel City Hacks is a free, 48-hour, online hackathon for middle and high school students. Through Steel City Hacks, we hope to encourage middle and high school students to use computer science to engage with their community and devise solutions to a variety of problems. All students are encouraged to participate regardless of skill level. Throughout the competition, we will be holding various workshops and seminars for interested students to build their proficiency in a variety of frameworks/services and meet and connect with students of similar interests. We will also have industry professionals available to mentor and guide you along the way, so no experience is required.

FAQ

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event where teams of students get together to create software/hardware projects of their choice, usually centered around a theme.

Do I need any experience to participate?

No! We welcome students of all experience levels and will have tech industry professionals and other high-school students available for mentorship during the hackathon.

How many people can be on a team?

Teams can consist of 1-4 people. Teams larger than that will be forced to split up. For those who do not have a team, we will be holding a team building workshop after the opening ceremony.

How will I receive updates during the competition?

Upon registration, you will receive an invite to a discord channel where all of the competition communications will take place.

Can I use a previous project and build upon it?

No, all projects and project ideas must be created and worked on during the hackathon window.

How will project submission work?

Along with registering with the google form, you will also need to register on our Devpost hackathon site. This will allow you to complete and submit your projects to devpost to be graded.

How will projects be judged?

Projects will be judged on 5 categories: theme adherence, originality/creativity, usefulness, polish, and technical complexity.

Can the project only be software or can I use hardware too?

Yes, you can use both software and hardware. We know during the pandemic, it might be hard to collaborate on a hardware hack, but if you can, we encourage it.

Where can I learn more about Steel City Hacks?

On our Devpost site! Here you can find a list of our prizes, more detailed explanations of the judging categories, the code of conduct and submision rules, etc.

Schedule*

*schedule is tentative and subject to change

Time Event
5:00 PM - 6:00 PMOpening Ceremony
6:00 PM - 6:30 PMTeam Building Workshop
6:30 PM - 8:30 PMMentoring Available
8:30 PM - 9:30 PMWorkshop (TBD)
Time Event
12:00 PM - 3:00 PMMentoring Available
3:00 PM - 4:00 PMWorkshop (TBD)
4:00 PM - 8:00 PMMentoring Available
8:00 PM - 9:00 PMWorkshop (TBD)
Time Event
9:00 AM - 12:00 PMMentoring Available
12:00 PMProject Submissions End
12:00 PM - 5:00 PMJudging
5:30 PM - 6:00 PMClosing+Awards Ceremony

Volunteer

What?

As a volunteer for Steel City Hacks, your primary role will be to act as a mentor to any teams that need guidance and help. Additionally, you can apply to host a workshop of your choosing during the hackathon.

Why?

Since our hackathon is open to students of all skill levels, we anticipate a good amount of beginner/novice students to participate. By providing guidance/help in the form of mentors and workshops, we hope to make the competition less stressful and more enjoyable for newcomers and veterans alike.

How?

You can register to be a volunteer with this form. Upon registering, we'll send you more details on the exact process.