PantherHack 2021: Update from the Lead Student Organizers

This post is contributed by PantherHack 2021 lead organizers Jai Kasera ‘23, Samay Nandwana ’22, Aaliyah Sayed ’21 and Arshaan Sayed ’23. See below for full PantherHack student support team.

The Princeton Day School Computer Science and Technology Club has been hard at work organizing PantherHack, the School's first ever hackathon.

PantherHack will be held virtually from April 10 at 10:30am-April 11 at 1:30pm, and any high school or middle school student regardless of coding experience can sign up.

View the student-made, 45-second video promo and scroll further for more information on scheduled hackathon activities, prizes and more!

PantherHack kicks off with an opening ceremony on 4/10 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 and gaming activities held every hour.

Workshops will be taught by PDS Computer Science Club members and feature two alumni, namely Dan Shipper ‘10 holding a workshop on entrepreneurship, Nathan Windsor ‘02 holding a seminar on blockchain and cryptocurrency, and other professionals including Sarah Bonakdar '14, Lynch Hunt '85, Eric Sherman ‘18 and Cole Wolk ‘18 holding an Alumni Panel on Careers in Tech.

Hackers will also gain a firm grasp of different computer programming languages and fields like Java, Web Development, and AI. After the hacking period, PantherHack and sponsor judges (Koren Grinshpoon, Founder of EchoAR) will choose the winners and announce them during the closing ceremony.

PantherHack features over $14,000 in prizes that hackers can win, including Fitbits, Echo Dots, Bluetooth speakers, and an array of awards 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 over $1,000 in credits for each winning team member.

PantherHack also has participation prizes, and anyone who submits a project will receive a $25 Wolfram|One Subscription and free application to a JetBrains Student License, typically costing over $1,000 to apply for without.

In addition, PantherHack has ten 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 EchoAR Hack
  • Best Data Visualization Hack
  • Best Voice Integration Hack
  • Honorable Mention

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 PantherHack DevPost. All submitted projects will be featured on the participant website after the event, providing a showcase for all student-created work. Don't miss out on an excellent opportunity to learn, create and have fun in the field of computer science!

The PantherHack website also has lots of great information. Anyone interested in participating can register using this form. The registration deadline has been extended to April 9, so make sure to register!

The PantherHack team:

  • Lead Organizers: Jai Kasera ‘23, Samay Nandwana ’22, Aaliyah Sayed ’21, Arshaan Sayed ’23
  • Outreach Team: Ronin Bae ’24, Akash Bhowmick ‘23, Mehak Dhaliwal ‘22, Ian Nagelberg ‘24, Jinu Ryu ‘23
  • Finance Team: Navaneeth Rajan ’23, Grant Wells ’22,
  • Tech & Design: Shivani Manikandan ’24, Winston Ni ’23

Also, see previous news story on PantherHack to learn more.

PantherHack promo video courtesy of Aaliyah Sayed '21. 

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