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Star-Hacks Civic Hackathon at Allen, TX

October 19th, 2019

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!



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