To everyone who helped make this Hackathon a success,
This event has been a long time in the making, with me and Riku first getting involved in the Winter of 2020. When we set the date for the event, it felt like it was far away. Even when our weekly presessions began in mid-February, I still felt like the Hackathon was quite a ways off. All of a sudden, on the day of our final presession, I was struck by the realization that the start of the Hackathon was less than three days away.
Throughout the event, as our loyal readers will know, Riku and I were tasked with interviewing the various teams about their progress with their projects. As each checkpoint ticked past, we had the pleasure of watching each team’s project develop from a few lines of buggy code to fully functional websites. Along the way, we got the opportunity to interact with fellow students from schools across the region who we would have never gotten to meet otherwise. At the end of it all, we had the privilege of judging the projects submitted by the teams. It was really fun to see the varied pitch videos and projects everyone put together. In the end, the results were as follows:
Middle School Division:
First Place: M1- Hacksters, India International School in Japan
Second Place: M3- Code Slayers, India International School in Japan
Third Place: M20- Cyberclan, India International School in Japan
Most Creative Project: M15- IISJ Alpha Procoders, India International School in Japan
High School Division:
First Place: H13- Team Bro Code, India International School in Japan
Second Place: H7- Invalid Syntax, Seisen International School
Third Place: H16- Alphabyte, St. Mary’s International School
Special Mention: H25- “expected’;’”, American School in Japan
Most Creative Project: H17- Panic! At the Last Minute, International School of the Sacred Heart
Community Recognition Award: H4- Hello.world(), India International School in Japan
Once again, congratulations to all the winners!
When Riku and I first declared that we wanted to host a Hackathon all those months ago, I never would have imagined that those words would have led us to such a large event. The past few months I’ve spent working with World Coding Club (WCC) have been some of the most exciting and informative of my whole life. This event became an opportunity to learn more about both working in a professional setting and myself. How do I write concise, professional emails? What do I like about computer science? How can I best share my love for programming with students across Tokyo? Once I joined WCC, I began to look for answers to all of these questions throughout my life, whether I was communicating with journalists for WCC or wading my way through a sea of homework. Even now, I’m not sure that I know everything about myself, but I know that as long as I stay at WCC, I’ll be able to keep exploring the possibilities around me and continue to learn more about myself.
Once again, thank you to all the participants, mentors, teachers, volunteers, and other people who helped make this Tokyo’s first Interschool Hackathon a great success. We couldn’t have done it without you.