hackBCA III is the third annual hackathon hosted at the Bergen County Academies high school in Hackensack, New Jersey. Created and planned solely by students, hackBCA is open to all high school students who are interested in exploring computer science. Prior programming experience is not needed: hackBCA is an open floor to anyone who wants to create.

Hackathon Sponsors


1st Place

Dell Venue Tablets, (4) Octocat Figurines, Pitch/Get Feedback from Envision VC, Trophy, MLH medals

2nd Place

(4) Programmable Laser Gaming Mouse, Octocat Figurine, Pitch/Get Feedback from
Envision VC, Trophy, MLH medals

3rd Place

(4) Arduino Uno Ultimate Starter Kit's, Trophy, MLH medals

Best Mobile Application Prize (Intel)

(5) Sphero Balls BB8, Trophy

Best Project on .TECH Domains (​.TECH)

$30 voucher per member, Trophy

Best Education Hack (I​ntel​)

(5) Intel Compute Stick / Wireless Keyboard Trackpads, Trophy

Best Startup (N​YTechDay​)

Booth at NYTechDay, Trophy

Best Twilio Hack (​Twilio)​ (2)

(4) Technomancer 2.0 Digital Wizard Hoodie, Trophy

Most Polished

(4) Raspberry Pi, Trophy

Best Humanities Hack

(4) Solar Chargers, Trophy

Best Use of 3D Printing

$50 Shapeways Gift Card, Trophy

Most Creative Beginner Hack

(4) Gaming Keyboard, Github Octocat, Trophy

Best Overall Beginner Hack (G​ithub)

(4) Dancing Water Speakers, (2) Octocat Figurine, Trophy

Best Beginner Web App Hack (I​ntel​)

$100.00 Amazon Gift Cards, Trophy

Best Beginner Mobile App Hack (​Synchrony Financial)​

iPad Air 2, Trophy

Best Beginner Website Hack

Octocat Figurine, Trophy

Best All Girls Team (I​ntel​)

$100.00 Amazon Gift Cards, Trophy

Best "Code for Good" Technical Hack (I​ntel​)

Best "iOS Dev" Path Hack

(4) Charging Cases, (1) Octocat Figurine, Trophy

Best Hardware Hack (​Recon Indu)​

Labrecon breadboard experimenter, Top 3, Trophy

Best Use of AWS (A​mazon Web Services​)

Dell 1TB Hard Drive, Trophy

Best Use of Domain.com (​Domain.com​)

Domain.com Swag Bag (Sparkfun Redboards), Trophy

Best Developer Tool (G​ithub)​

Github Octocat, Trophy

Best Use of Arduino

Hardware prize

Best "Code for Good" Concept Hack

(5) DJI Phantom 3 Standard, Trophy

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Josh Bancroft

Josh Bancroft
Developer Relations at Intel

Chris Wanstrath

Chris Wanstrath
Cofounder and CEO of GitHub

Tom Lehman

Tom Lehman
Cofounder and CEO of Genius

Jeremy Rossman

Jeremy Rossman
Cofounder of MakeSchool

Cindy Gallop

Cindy Gallop
Founder and CEO of If We Ran The World

Tea Ho

Tea Ho
Product Designer at DonorsChoose.org

Kate Machtiger

Kate Machtiger
Senior Analyst at Luminary Labs

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount? This is the most important criterion that your hack will be judged upon for the general prizes.
  • Originality
    Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Polish
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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