The Hackathon

Brainstorming, Problem Solving, Collaboration, Coding and Presentation
12 Hours long
Certificate, Prizes and

Star-Hacks is a non-profit organization founded and run by students, as a subsidiary of the "Shooting Stars Foundation". The main goal of Star-Hacks is to provide students with a chance to recognize and develop their potential to excel in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields.  Star-Hacks carries out its mission by providing a forum for students to interact with experts, teachers and mentors from corporations  through technology and coding workshops and gives them an opportunity to collaborate with other students and learn from Industry experts.

Hackathons are tech / entrepreneurial sessions wherein teams race to design programs or apps while competing for Prizes. The goal is to bring together young students and challenge them to solve a problem by designing and developing a product/ app to transform an idea or imagination into a reality.

Hackathon is a perfect way for high school students who would like to grow their skills by teaming, designing, and building a civic-oriented app and be engaged in the community as well as help them decide on their career path as they prepare for entering higher education in college. Hackathons conducted by Star-hacks does not require you to be an expert in coding.  Register to attend our next Hackathon in Allen, TX hosted by NETSCOUT, a market leader in service and security assurance. All you need to bring is a Laptop (with charger) and a desire to learn and collaborate


“Education is not the learning of facts, it’s rather the training of the mind to think."

       – Albert Einstein

Lunch and Snacks
We'll have exciting Prizes and Swags !
We have accomplished guest speakers!
Student Registration, Team assignments

8:00am - 9am

Opening Presentation and Keynote speach

9:00am - 10:30am


  Mr. Richard Kenedi

  President, Netscout

  Ms. Rashmi Varma

  Founder & Exec Director, Dreambig (Non-Profit amplifying Innovation in Education)

  Managing Director, Innovate5G Inc, Startup accelerator focused on 5G

  Dr. Sriraam Natarajan

  Associate Professor, Director of Center for Machine Learning, Dept. of Computer Science, UTD

Coding Workshop

10:30am - 12:30pm

  Mr. David Ben-Yaakov

  Computer Science Teacher, ALLEN ISD STEAM Center / Allen High School


12:30pm - 1:15pm

Hacking, coding

1:15pm - 5pm

Team Presentations to panel of judges

5:00pm - 7:00pm


5:00pm - 7:00pm

Award Ceremony

7:00pm - 8:00pm


Q) What is a Hackathon?

A) A hackathon is an event that typically runs anywhere from 12-36 hours, bringing together people from all backgrounds and technical abilities.


Reality can be anything you want to create. By brainstorming and implementing ideas, you learn and also enlighten others around you. This hackathon would be for 8 hours.

Q) What is the purpose of this Hackathon?

The main purpose of this hackathon is to help students develop interest in STEM fields.


Non-profit organization “Shooting Stars Foundation” also sponsors student(s) in developing countries to pursue college education in STEM area with funds raised from company sponsorships and individual donations.

Q) Who can attend the Hackathons?

A) Hackathons are designed for high school students (Grades 9 to 12th).

Q) Do we need any coding experience to join?

Q) How are teams created?

A) No.


We conduct technology workshops at the beginning of the event and students can learn and apply the skills while working in teams.


There will be mentors and experts from Industry to guide you. Students who have coding experience can use their own development tools but will need to have their own teams or be willing to work with other students assigned to their team.

A) Team consists of 3 to 5 members per group. You can register as a team and  If you don't have a group, don't worry! We will make sure you are assigned to a team.

Q) What would be the students doing?

A) Mentors and volunteers have worked on a setup of project/programs covering different areas such as AI,Robotics, leadership, logical reasoning.


Student groups would need to pick the problems selected in these areas and address/program the same in the specified duration. Each of these problems are of different complexity levels.

Q) What should I bring?

A) Just your Laptop, charger(s), ID.


If you do not have a laptop then please let us know at the time of registration so that we can arrange laptop for you to use during the event.


Lunch and Dinner will be provided to student by our hosting partner, NETSCOUT.


Parents/Guardians must sign the forms necessary during check-in/registration on the day of the event and will be responsible to bring the student and pick them up at the end of the event.

Q) What if I want to help sponsor a hackathon?

A) Sponsorships are welcome and helps the hosting company expand the number of prizes for the event.


Click here for Sponsorship 

Q) What if I have more questions?

A) Please don't hesitate to email us at


We appreciate any feedback/questions!