St. Josephs High School in Brooklyn was our location for the International Back-to-School Hackathon in New York. Their staff was so enthusiastic and supportive of the project, and the facility was an excellent collaborative space for the event. Students spent the weekend in the gymnasium working against the clock to complete their projects and running back and forth to the computers to collaborate with the other locations on Skype. By day the school's facility was abuzz with activity, with music and conversations and lots of hard work taking place, and by night the the library and the theater became dormitories, allowing students to get some much needed rest for the next day. Though it was hard to choose from so many great projects, the top three submissions and prize winners are outlined below. Each photo represents a different project, with a short description prepared by the students who created it. Please click on the photo or the links below to be taken to each team's website.

Team 7:  1st Place:

Our project focuses on protecting nature and animals. "Save The Planet" wants to educate others on the problems and tell them the solutions that can help better the planet.

Team 9: 2nd Place:

Our project was on education, and spreading it into third world countries. Our mission is to provide the needed resources in different penniless areas, for children to be properly educated

Team 6:  3rd Place:

Our website focuses on providing modular housing to the homeless, refugees, and those who have lost their homes due to natural disasters. There are also the choices of purchasing a modular housing unit for a person in need or donating money towards food, water, education, and medical care to organizations and charities for these people.


Below, from left to right, are the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners showcasing their prizes! Thanks to Microsoft for their donations of Surface 3's and XboxOnes for our students.

Runners Up

Everyone at the International Back-to-School Hackathon is a winner. By investing in their own education, these students have taken a giant leap forward in securing a brighter future for themselves and their peers. Below are links to the student projects not listed above. Nice work, everyone. See you again next year!

Team 1:

Team 2:

Team 3:

Team 4:

Team 11: