During the off season, Team 2485 hosted HackAtari, a hackathon for high school students. We had seven teams compete, using programming languages such as Unity, Scratch, Java, and Processing. We hosted one hour workshops on Java and Unity, as well as student and adult mentors with programming experience onsite to help participants with their projects. Students had experience levels ranging from those who had never programmed before to others who had a few years of experience.
The first place team created a zombie game; the second place team created a California government simulator; the third place team created a game in which the character Paul the Plumber ran away while avoiding a group of beasts. These teams were awarded with drones, Raspberry Pi boards, and escape room tickets. Our judges’ panel consisted of Todor Fay, CEO of NewBlueFX, Vanitha Kumar, VP of Software Engineering at Qualcomm, and Stuart Britton, owner of Paper Clip Engineering. We’d like to thank Qualcomm and Steal and Escape for helping us host this event. If you want to learn more about HackAtari, click here.