We provide a hands-on learning experience for students interested in technology, entrepreneurship, and design. The competition is for students from 7th-12th grade with varying levels of experience.

In this hands on design competition, kids will work in small teams to design, create, and pitch a web based app or website. There are prize categories for less experienced students using a prototyping tool, Invision, and for more experienced teams using development environments. There will be mentors to guide you through the process and extraordinary speakers, like Sudha Jamthe, a professor at Stanford specializing in IoT and an advocate for promoting women in technology.

 

8am-9am:

Registration, Breakfast, Opening Ceremonies

9am-1pm:

1st Hack Block

1pm-2pm: 

Lunch 

2pm-6:30pm:

2nd Hack Block

6:30pm-7pm:

Judging

7pm-8:30pm:

Key Note Speakers, TEC Talks, Dinner

8:30pm-9pm:

Winners, Networking

9pm:

End!

 

 

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Eligibility

Applicants must be in 7th -12th grade. You apply individually, but we suggest you make a team before the event. 

Requirements

All projects need to be built the day of the event. There are specific requirements for each prize category. For more information go to santacruzteenchallenge.com.

Judges

George O'Neal

George O'Neal
Director of Controls at Hyperloop One

Jeremy Britton

Jeremy Britton
Looker

Judging Criteria

  • Novelty
    Is the approach or solution novel? Does it substantially depart from similar products?
  • Impact
    How much does an individual benefit from this hack? How many people will benefit from the hack?
  • Design/ User Interface
    Is it nice to use? How good is the UI/UX? Is usage self-apparent or do you need a manual?
  • Usefullness
    Will others be able to easily use your product? Does it work well and serve a purpose?