March 16-17, 2019


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!

Registration is now open!



March 16-17, 2019


Heffner Alumni House, 1301 Peoples Ave, Troy, NY


Grades 9-12

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!

Guest Speaker

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.

Tentative Schedule

Remember, you don't have to come both days!

Time Day 1
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
5:00 pm Closing
Time Day 2
9:00 am Resume Hacking
11:00 am Git Workshop
12:30 pm Lunchtime
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
5:00 pm Wrapup

All workshops are optional. Balance them with work time!


Best Website

Show off your HTML, CSS, and JavaScript skills, and make a dazzling website!

Best Hardware Hack

There's more to tech than just writing code on a screen. Use an Arduino or Raspberry PI to build the best hardware hack.

Best Game

Whether its a platformer or a top down game, design and implement the best game possible.

Most Creative

Design and create the most innovative, thoughtful and unique solution to a real world problem.

Bootstrap Award

This award is given to a team that shows perseverence and learns new skills while tackling a difficult challenge.


Web Design Double Workshop

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.

API Workshop

APIs, or Application Programming Interfaces, allow us to do tons of rad things. Build Spotify playlists, find restaurants in Google Maps, and more!

Web Animation Workshop

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.

Git Workshop

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.

Data Science Workshop

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.


How much coding do I need to know?

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.

How will teams work? How will we plan a project?

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.

Do I need to attend for the entire weekend?

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.

Do I need to bring a computer?

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.

Do I need to have any software installed?

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

Does Launchpad cost money?

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.

Where can I park?

There is a parking lot right outside of the Alumni House.

What should I bring?

You should bring a laptop, charger, and a signed parent release form. We will take care of food, and any other materials needed.

What is there to eat?

We will provide breakfast and lunch both days. Please let us know of any allergy accomodations or dietary restrictions when you register.

Are parents and teachers welcome?

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.


Please reach out to us if you want to learn more or think that there is potential for collaboration.

[email protected]

Our Location

Since we are an Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Student Union Club, our address is the RPI campus:

110 8th St,
Troy, New York, 12180
United States

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