Launchpad is a hackathon for local high school students hosted at RPI by coding&&community. Students will have the opportunity to work together to brainstorm, design, and code a project from scratch. We're excited to see your creativity unleashed!
March 16-17, 2019
Heffner Alumni House, 1301 Peoples Ave, Troy, NY
Launchpad is open to coders of all skill levels. Mentors from RPI will be around to help brainstorm, give advice, and teach mini tech-talks about topics that might be useful to your project. At the end of the day, all teams are encouraged to present their work, with the chance of winning some prizes!
Dr. Faith Wallace is a former professor turned programmer who is using her background in education to improve training for people who want to become developers.
Remember, you don't have to come both days!
|9:00 am||Check-in and Breakfast|
|10:00 am||Form teams and kickoff|
|10:30 am||Begin Hacking|
|11:30 am||Web Design Double Workshop|
|12:30 pm||Lunchtime||1:15 pm||API Workshop|
|3:00 pm||Web Animation Workshop|
|9:00 am||Resume Hacking|
|11:00 am||Git Workshop|
|1:15 pm||Data Science Workshop|
|2:30 pm||Finish Hacking, Practice Pitches|
|3:15 pm||Start Pitching Projects|
|4:00 pm||Guest Speaker|
|4:30 pm||Closing and Awards|
All workshops are optional. Balance them with work time!
There's more to tech than just writing code on a screen. Use an Arduino or Raspberry PI to build the best hardware hack.
Whether its a platformer or a top down game, design and implement the best game possible.
Design and create the most innovative, thoughtful and unique solution to a real world problem.
This award is given to a team that shows perseverence and learns new skills while tackling a difficult challenge.
Want to make a website but don't know where to start? For beginners, we have an introduction to CSS and HTML. For the advanced, you'll learn to build a web app with Flask.
APIs, or Application Programming Interfaces, allow us to do tons of rad things. Build Spotify playlists, find restaurants in Google Maps, and more!
Use HTML5 and other tools to make your webpages look super cool! If you go to this workshop, we recommend also going to the earlier session on web design.
Have you ever wished you could go back to an earlier version of a document? Git helps you manage versions, share code, and avoid some of the worst headaches programmers face. Seriously, learn Git.
Ever wonder how astronomers manage terabytes of images of the stars or how meteorologists predict the weather? Data science helps us do that and more.
Launchpad is open to students of all skill levels. For less experienced students, mentors from RPI will be available to guide you along. We will also be providing starter code for some simple projects in web development and game design.
We will form teams at the beginning of the day. Don't worry if you don't know anyone else, we'll make sure you make your way into a great team! We will have brainstorming sessions at the beginning of the day to help your team design a project.
You can attend the event for the entire weekend or either day. To be considered for prizes you must be present Sunday afternoon for judging. Also, for safety reasons we ask that students do not leave the Alumni House during the day unsupervised by a parent.
If you own your own laptop, we encourage you to use your own. If you don't own a laptop, we can provide one for you to use during the day.
The software you will need depends on the project your team decides to build. We recommend installing Python as well as a basic code editor such as Sublime or Atom. Also feel free to check out StartHacking.org.
Not at all! We will take care of all meals, goodies and prizes. However, we won't be able to provide transportation to the event.
There is a parking lot right outside of the Alumni House.
You should bring a laptop, charger, and a signed parent release form. We will take care of food, and any other materials needed.
We will provide breakfast and lunch both days. Please let us know of any allergy accomodations or dietary restrictions when you register.
Of course! Your parents will love to see your projects! And, Saturday morning we will be offering a professional development forum for current and prospective CS teachers.