Having Iluka Resources from Perth, Australia join the list of sites for the hackathon allowed us to bring the content of our program to the international level and address the educational needs of students on the other side of the world. Students from our NYC site and Perth communicated regularly about their projects, offering and receiving a wealth of feedback that helped to shape their projects. We Connect The Dots' long-term vision is to deliver programs that teach cross collaboration skills that spane time zones and cultures.  This program was our first step in building the connections across continents to enable our students to engage and learn together. 

1st Place: Hydrospherehttp://oceanpollution.azurewebsites.net/

This project examines the pressing issues of environmental pollution, focusing specifically on oceans and waterways. The website not only offers a view of the different types of ocean pollutants and their origins, but offers a way for visitors to report areas where pollutants are entering the waterways.

2nd Place: Ammunition (Smart Gun): http://igniteplus.azurewebsites.net/

This project offers responsible gun owners a device with which to outfit their firearms, letting one exclusive owner use the weapon. The idea is to prevent accidental and intentional shootings due to improper use or theft of firearms. Their website design is crisp and easy to access.

3rd Place: Green Team (Viewshare): http://viewshare.azurewebsites.net/

This projects analyzes the effects of natural disasters. It offers guidance and information on how to cope and survive during a natural disaster, and allows people to donate to relief efforts. The site has an innovative layout and scrolling pattern which lends itself nicely to the information contained therein. 

Below from left to right are our student prize winners from Perth Australia. Thanks to Iluka Resources for the use of their facilities and everyone on the Perth Team for delivering an amazing event for these kids. 

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!

Broken Voices:  http://oguma.azurewebsites.net/

One Word:        http://omgbakery.azurewebsites.net/index.html