Hackathon for Bahamian High school students to develop innovative ways to use technology to enable the resilience of the Bahamas

In 2019, we launched the first inter-school hackathon competition in the Bahamas, BETA Hack!

This first offering was under the theme Bits & Battles and hosted over 40 students from 6 different schools at Lyford Cay International School. It included a technical showcase from various tech-enabled companies across New Providence, as well as a Technology panel featuring tech experts and entrepreneurs on the island.

In 2020, things have taken a bit of a turn. With many events over the past year like Hurricane Dorian and the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to learn how to be sustainable and resilient in face of the unexpected. With that, the theme for this year’s hackathon is Shift & Adapt and will encourage high school students to considers innovative ways to use technology to enable our country’s resilience.

Small Business Digitization

With the COVID-19 pandemic, many small businesses have had to shift and adapt to digital solutions for their business. This challenge will ask students to examine the challenges that small businesses in the Bahamas are currently facing and develop a prototype for a technology-enabled solution.

Climate Change

In late 2019, the northern Bahamas was hit with one of the most devastating hurricanes in decades, Hurricane Dorian. This caused a major impact on life across the Bahamas, and with the current predictions on climate change, we may be susceptible to more of these life-threatening storms in the future. This challenge will ask students to brainstorm a technology-enabled solution that will educate and raise awareness of climate change and ways that we can mitigate the impacts.

At the culmination of the hackathon, students will present their prototypes in an online showcase and a virtual presentation to judges. This will be open for public viewing and will be judged by a panel of professionals from our sponsors and partners. Winners and runner up teams will win prizes for themselves and for their school/club.

Schedule

Friday, November 20, 2020
Time (ET) Event Meeting Link
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Pre-Party: Social Activities on Icebraker.video Icebreaker.video
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Welcome and Intro to Hackathon Challenges Zoom
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Time (ET) Event Meeting Link
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ask the Experts Session Discord
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Tech Entrepreneurs Panel Zoom
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pitch Presentation Tips and Tools Zoom
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Ask the Experts Session Discord
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM Day 3 Wrap-up  
Sunday November 22, 2020
Time (ET) Event Meeting Link
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Online Showcase and Public Voting Devpost Project Gallery
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Presentations and Judging
Zoom
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Closing and Awards Zoom
     

View full rules

Prizes

$200 in prizes

BETA Bytes (Grades 10-12) Winner

$50 gift card and swag bag from Custom Computers

KiddoBytes Winner (Grades 7-9)

$50 gift card and swag bag from Custom Computers

GitHub Pull Request Contest

1. Sign Up for Github at https://github.com
2. Clone the BETA Hack 2020 Project from https://github.com/beta-group/betahack-2020
3. In your cloned repo, update the file `Newfile.html` with your name and a short message at the bottom of the file. And commit it.
4. Create a pull request from your new commit back to the original project.
5. If your request is accepted you'll be entered into a raffle to win some awesome BETA Hack and BETA Camp swag!

Contest Ends Sunday 22nd, November @ 5:30pm
(The winner will be announced during the closing ceremony.)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Who can apply?

  • Junior and High School grades 7 -12  attending public, private, or homeschool in the Bahamas
  • Teams can have 3-4 members and an advisor (school official, youth organization leader, parent, or guardian)

Can groups be formed outside of specific schools?

The competition is primarily geared towards intramural competition but teams from any recognized Youth organization will be eligible to compete.

What time and how long does the competition run (is it during school hours)

The competition will run from Friday the 20th to Sunday the 22nd of November and will require full participation on Friday as that will be when the teams are officially announced and initial preparation for team planning will be done.

What is required to participate (devices, information, etc)?

As this year's hackathon will be entirely virtual, students will require their own computer and means of communication to collaborate with their teams. Solutions will be recommended based on working options from prior hackathons but the competitors are advised to choose methods familiar and readily available to them.

 

 

Requirements

How to Register and Submit on Devpost 

Please watch this video for a general overview of how to register and submit.

You must build your project between Friday, November 20th, 6:30 PM EST - Sunday, November 22th 1:00 PM EST. You are not allowed to work on your solution before the hacking time period begins. 

Create your Devpost submission on our BETA Hack 2020 Devpost and attach a video/demo (2 to 5-minutes long) before the hacking period ends (Sunday, November 22th 1:00 PM EST)

  • Every team can only submit one project. Multiple submissions per team will not be allowed.

  • Every submission must fit the theme of Shift & Adapt.

  • Every submission must include a 2-5-minute long demo video showcasing the features of the project and how it solves the problems presented in the theme. Upload your demo video to YouTube and submit the link on the submission form.

    • We cannot guarantee that judges will fully watch your video if they’re longer than 5 minutes.

  • Projects without a demo video will not be judged. These videos will be shown to our judges and if your project ends up winning a general category or track prize, it may be played/published on our social media channels.

Have Fun!

  • Don’t forget to take advantage of all of the activities at the event and have fun learning new skills!

Judges

Edison Hanchell

Edison Hanchell
Bahamas Engineering and Technology Advancement Group

Bruce Mackey
Custom Computers Limited

Tyrhonda Glinton
FEM Stem Bahamas

Rhonda McDeigan-Eldridge

Rhonda McDeigan-Eldridge
Harness All Possibilities, Inc

P. Jillian Bethel

P. Jillian Bethel
IslandBit Limited

Darren Butler

Darren Butler
Microsoft Learn Student Ambassadors

Judging Criteria

  • Highlight of ​Problem
    Do the students properly highlight the problem they are trying to solve? (1-5 points)
  • Address of Problem
    How well does the proposed solution address the problem? (1-5 points)
  • Relevance to Problem
    Is the solution relevant to the challenge topic? (1-5 points) See topic:https://beta-hack-2020-shift-and-adapt.devpost.com/
  • Uniqueness and Innovation
    Is the solution unique and innovative? (1-5 points)
  • Programming Concepts
    Do the students use programming concepts to solve the problem? Are multiple technical aspects incorporate? (1-5 points)
  • Understanding of Tech
    Do the students show an understanding of the technology used to solve the problem? (1-5 points)
  • Original Technical Content
    Have students developed their own original technical content/code? (1-5 points)
  • Prototype
    Students created a viable working prototype within the specified timeframe. (1-5 points)
  • Presentation Communication
    Do the students present clearly and professionally within the allotted time frame? (1-5 points)
  • Presentation Communication
    Do the students present clearly and professionally within the allotted time frame? (1-5 points)
  • Presentation Communication
    Do the students present clearly and professionally within the allotted time frame? (1-5 points)
  • Presentation Visuals
    Is the presentation easy to read with clear images and no spelling/grammatical errors? (1-5 points)

theme

  • Social Good