d.hacks 2021 Challenge
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, many small businesses and people are experiencing challenges. In this hackathon, you will get to interview a small business and help them find a solution to their challenge!
Participating small businesses and non-profit organizations:
Please fill out this form to register for the
d.hacks 2021 Hackathon.
Frequently asked questions
When, where, who?
The 2021 d.hacks Hackathon will be held online during the weekend of February 20-21. High schoolers in grades 9-12 can participate from all over the world!
Do I need experience?
Not at all! Our hackathon will be focused more on the problem-solving aspect, so you don't need to like or be good at coding! You can choose any medium to create your prototype for your user, such as Google Slides, Wix/Weebly/website builders, 3D modeling with CAD, code an app, or even use hardware!
What opportunities are in this hackathon?
Not only will you be able to strengthen your teamwork, problem-solving, and designing/programming, there are also so many workshops you can attend to get a free introduction to a new skill for coding or 3D modeling! We also have a workshop about building the perfect résumé and LinkedIn and a panel of employees who will talk about their college/job experiences, which will give you the knowledge you need to pursue a great future career!
What are the prizes?
Design thinking is a user-based problem solving method starting with empathy, to understand the problem from the user’s perspective. As students of Design Tech High School, a non-traditional charter school pioneering in innovating for change in the world, we are taught design thinking. Design thinking is a powerful tool, and we hope to promote it throughout the world with d.hacks.
Students will work collaboratively in teams based on their interest, and each team will be paired with a local small business. All attendees will learn how to apply the process of design thinking, especially empathy through interviews with the small business, toward their hackathon projects.
This hackathon is tailored to high school students with all experience levels, so beginner coders and problem-solvers can attend a series of workshops and gain the support of mentors. Students will have the opportunities to learn the fundamentals of computer science, design thinking, and entrepreneurship all without financial and geographical restrictions. We hope this experience will encourage students to use STEM for social good, helping the community.
MEET THE TEAM
We are a group of students at Design Tech High School who aim to provide opportunities to think and create for high schoolers of our community.