The second annual HACKAppleton competition was a great success with incredible involvement from students and local businesses to nurture the growing interest of computer science in our community. HACKAppleton is a computer science competition in Northeast Wisconsin where students from all over the state team up to collaborate on a project and present to a panel of judges. This event allows students that are interested in computer science to gain experience working as a team, technical practice, and a chance to engage with both local and international technology leaders.
HACKAppleton is organized by the Appleton Youth Education Initiative (AYEI), a student-driven non-profit organization seeking to better prepare Wisconsin students for their transition into higher education and to face the challenges and opportunities of adult life. AYEI partnered up with Microsoft to bring this event together to create an innovative learning experience for students in Wisconsin. Brad Smith, President of Microsoft, grew up in Appleton, WI. Brad says “I believe there are thousands of students in Wisconsin who have imaginative ideas for how to use technology to address the world’s great social challenges.”
The competition takes place every spring hosted at Appleton North High School in Appleton, WI. While the competition itself is strictly for students who have registered, the event also includes technology exhibits where event sponsors can set up booths to show off their latest innovations as well as a panel of guest speakers. The exhibit booths and speakers are open to the public.
HACKAppleton is a free annual competition open to anyone enrolled in a Wisconsin high school or middle school. Previous programming experience or expertise is helpful but not required. Teams of 3-5 students collaborate to build a project using any programming language they choose. The participating teams will design and develop software that benefits a local business.
The projects are submitted and judged by a panel of experts on content, format, and process.
Winning teams receive a prize combination of cash, scholarships, and tech devices for their innovative work. The 2019 HACKAppleton first place team was from Appleton West High School and second and third place teams were from Kimberly High School. You can find additional information on HACK Appleton at www.hackappleton.org.
Stellar Blue Technologies is a proud sponsor of this event which allows students to gain experience using their technical skills and collaborate as part of a team to bring their imaginative ideas to life. “It’s always a pleasure to help support the bright futures of talented technology leaders! The future is in good hands.” Jim Dobinski, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Stellar Blue Technologies.
Stellar Blue is a local full-service digital marketing agency based out of Neenah, WI. For more information visit www.stellarbluetechnologies.com.