PantherHack 2022 Is Almost Here!

by the Princeton Day School Computer Science and Technology Club

The Princeton Day School Computer Science and Technology Club has been hard at work organizing PantherHack, our second-ever hackathon. In addition, a huge milestone for the club is that PantherHack this year is endorsed and supported by Major League Hacking (MLH), a hackathon organization that selects certain hackathons to be MLH member events. 

PantherHack will be held virtually from May 21 at 10:30am - May 22 at 1:30pm, and any high school student regardless of coding experience can sign up. PDS middle school students with one rotation of coding experience are also invited to join.

PantherHack kicks off with an opening ceremony on May 21 at 10:30am featuring student and faculty organizers who will introduce the workshops, prizes and sponsors. Following the opening session, the hacking period will start soon afterward, with introductory workshops, gaming activities, panels, and more held every hour.

Workshops will be taught by PDS Computer Science Club members and feature PDS alumni such as Ben Cohen ‘11 (Kensho), Adam Bromwich ‘92 (Symantec), Helen Mehreteab ‘19 (Harvard), Jeremy Kuris ‘91 (US Department of State), Erica Hyman ‘07 (Spotify), Jeffrey Kurtz '98 (Google) and Rohit Jenveja '03 (Google). Hackers will also gain a firm grasp of different computer programming languages and fields like Java, Web Development, and machine learning. After the hacking period, PantherHack and sponsor judges will choose the winners and announce them during the closing ceremony.

PantherHack features an array of prizes that participants can win, including Nintendo switches, gaming headphones, and tech subscriptions and services offered by the event sponsors. To foster a productive environment for both beginner and advanced hackers, there are separate categories in which each level will compete. For example, all beginner hackers will be eligible for the “Best Beginner Hack,” which will offer Taskade services for each winning team member.

PantherHack also has participation prizes, and anyone who submits a project will receive free access to Wolfram, Digital Ocean, Taskade, and Balsamiq. 

In addition, PantherHack has 17 different award categories: 

Overall 1st Place Hack 

Overall 2nd Place Hack

Overall 3rd Place Hack

Best Beginner Hack (Entire team must be beginners)

Best Web Hack

Best Education Hack

Best Cloud Hack

Best Data Visualization Hack

Best Social Good Hack

Best AR Hack

Honorable Mention

MLH-sponsored prizes:

Best Use of Deso

Most Creative Use of GitHub

Most Creative Use of Twilio 

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Best Hardware Hack

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You can check out the prizes for each category and the sponsors, learn about projects, register for PantherHack and sign up to receive updates at the PantherHack Devpost. All submitted projects will be featured on this participant website after the event, providing a showcase for all student-created work. Whether students want to code a project or gain knowledge in a topic within technology, PantherHack offers an environment to do so. Don't miss out on an excellent opportunity to learn, create and have fun in the field of computer science!

More information and the signup form can be found on the PantherHack website

Projects created at last year’s PantherHack event can be found here.

The PantherHack Team:

Lead Organizers: Jai Kasera ‘23, Samay Nandwana ’22, Arshaan Sayed ’23

Outreach Team: Mark Yang ‘24 (director), Ronin Bae ’24, Caden Bialow ‘23, Mehak Dhaliwal ‘22, Samuel Elkin ‘24, Jinu Ryu ‘23

Finance Team: Grant Wells ‘22 (director), Armaan Agrawal ’25, Farhan Haque ‘24, Sophia Zhou ‘25

Tech & Design: Shivani Manikandan ’24 (director), Winston Ni ’23

Faculty Organizers: Theodor Brasoveanu, Toni Dunlap, Priti Matta, Chandra Smith

Alumni Participants: Jeremy Kuris ‘91, Adam Bromwich ‘92, Jeffrey Kurtz '98, Rohit Jenveja '03,  Erica Hyman ‘07, Ben Cohen ‘11, Helen Mehreteab ‘19

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