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All Star Code Hosts First Hackathon, All Star Hacks!

On December 12th, over 70 high school students traveled to General Assembly’s offices in NYC for a day of learning and coding. All Star Hacks was All Star Code’s first hackathon focusing on the diversification of the tech sector.

I helped to organize the hackathon in collaboration with All Star Code. It was smooth, simple, and easy. We didn’t have a lot of time to organize the event, but it was an incredible success in no small part due to the participation of the wonderful All Stars and staff at All Star Code.

My favorite part of All Star Hacks was the Intro to Coding workshop. Many of our participants were first time hackers. Watching the excitement on their faces, capturing their feelings of wonder on camera, and seeing their finished hacks of awesomeness was amazing.

I invited a number of students from my school. Seeing them enveloped in the workshop, keeping themselves involved and amazed was beautiful to behold. Seeing Charles, a freshman from my school, making friends with other first time hackers made me incredibly happy.

Though we ended the hackathon a bit early, bringing together a large number of diverse first time hackers was enough to solidify the success of the event. At All Star Hacks, we gave students a taste of beauty in the tech world. I saw them leave General Assembly that day with a feeling to cultivate that into something bigger.

Written by Surendra, 2015 All Star

All Star Hacks

A special thanks to the All Star Hacks team including all of our alumni organizers and leader mentors, Isaiah Greene from Google and Phil Marshall from the Paley Center for Media as well as our generous hosts at General Assembly!

Join us for All Star Hacks!

Successful technologists are measured by their effectiveness as collaborators and communicators. The notion that nothing great is accomplished alone is especially true in coding. Even the most senior web developer needs a second opinion when it comes to approaching a complicated problem. As coders, we learn the most about our projects and ourselves by taking a step back and asking our peers for constructive input.

As a mentor for All Star Code and All Star Hacks, I get to see the power of collective effort firsthand. A hackathon is the ultimate exercise in collaboration and communication. I truly feel lucky to have a helping hand in formulating the structure for their ideas to flourish. Make no mistake, All Star Hacks is a hackathon put on by young hackers, for young hackers. Every detail of the 12hr day of activities was thought of and planned by these young men. It inspires me to work with them…I’m reminded of how important it is to stay hungry.

On Saturday December 12, high school students from all over New York City will have a chance to dive into the exciting world of opportunities that technology has to offer. The best part is that they get to have fun while challenging themselves, their peers, and their mentors.

What else can students look forward to at All Star Hacks?

  • Meet All Star Code staff and learn about programs
  • Speak with graduates of All Star Code programs
  • Project based coding workshops for all skill levels, even beginners
  • Plenty of food, snacks, and swag


  • If you know of a talented young hacker, or any NYC area high school student interested in learning more about web development, register now.

    All Star Hacks
    Saturday, December 12th
    9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    @ General Assembly

    Spaces are filling up fast. Reserve your spot today!

    This post was written by All Star Code mentor, Phil Marshall. Phil works as Web and Social Media Producer for The Paley Center for Media.

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    Young Hackers Collaborate with All Star Code on Local Hack Day

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    Most high school students would do very little besides sleep in on a Saturday morning. But on October 10th, over 60 high school students traveled to the Flatiron District for a day of coding. Local Hack Day is a global hackathon, and The Young Hackers participated by hosting their own Local Hack Day at General Assembly.

    High School students from across the city, many of whom were first time hackers, sat anxiously in their seats waiting for the event to begin. NYC’s CTO, Minerva Tantoco, gave awesome opening remarks, reminding the hackers how important their work is, and wishing them luck.

    After our Co-Founder Mamadou Diallo gave some additional remarks, the hacking began. Students were forced out of their comfort zones, as many of them didn’t know anyone at the hackathon. They quickly made friends, and soon after teams were solidified. The atmosphere was electric. A constant flow of snacks kept the hackers energized and a series of introductory workshops ensured that every hacker was well equipped, regardless of their prior knowledge of coding.

    We had a particularly intense beginner workshop for hackers starting from scratch. When they finished and re-entered the room, everyone in the space applauded them and welcomed them to the Young Hacker family.

    Diverse programming kept the spirit and creativity up, from longboard races with mentors to rap-battles with engineers. The sun began to set when dinner arrived, but crunch time was just beginning. Hackers worked hard to polish their projects and pitches one final time before they presented to our panel of judges.

    The hackathon was only 12 hours long, but the outcome was amazing. The projects ranged from iPhone apps that made practicing Math fun, all the way to a 3D Frogger-esque escape game. After taking a massive group selfie with a selfie stick courtesy of Major League Hacking, everyone helped clean up before heading home with a new love for technology.

    Check out all of the photos from Local Hack Day!

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    Don’t Miss Local Hack Day!

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    Originated by Major League Hacking, Local Hackday is a series of hackathons that take place around the world and our boys are leading one in New York City.

    On October 10th, graduates of All Star Code’s Summer Intensive will lead LocalHackDay NYC at General Assembly in cooperation with the Young Hackers, a hacking organization founded by All Stars Austin Carvey and Mamadou Diallo. Hackathons have become an exciting way for All Stars to build their CS skills, network, and engage in friendly competition.

    All Star Code is thrilled to support our boys as they establish themselves as leaders in tech community.

    What can students look forward to?

  • Meeting ASC staff and learning about our programs
  • Speaking to graduates of our Summer Intensive Program
  • Peer-teaching and learning
  • Lunch and snacks!
  • ​If you or someone you ​know is interested in attending, please register now! No previous coding experience is necessary.

    Space is limited. Secure your spot today!

    REGISTER

    My First Design A Startup In A Day

    6:30 a.m. came bright and early when I took the F train from Brooklyn into Manhattan last Saturday. But having joined All Star Code a mere month ago, this was my first chance to see the team in action at our Design a Startup in a Day workshop at General Assembly, and I couldn’t have been more excited.

    More than 20 high schoolers joined us to learn about designing a startup. After a round of icebreakers to wake everyone up, we cemented the teams and the mission was revealed: Design a startup – creating a brand, a marketing strategy, a wire frame, and a landing page for your company’s website – and present it in less than 7 hours. No small feat for the teams of five high schoolers each!

    The All Stars were lucky to have a talented group of tech mentors present, as well as three All Star alums – Djassi, Devon, and Nikolas – to guide them through the process. Max Weinbrown taught the All Stars the basics of coding to help with their landing pages, and Shiloh Goodin gave them tips about how to wow VCs with their presentation skills. Walking around the room on social media duty, I heard so many creative ideas as the All Stars worked together to solidify their startups. As the day went on, the energy of the teams grew and the excitement in the room was palpable.

    5 p.m. came quickly, as parents joined ASC staff, volunteers, and mentors to watch the presentations. With the sounds of Millions March NYC rising up from Broadway, each team presented their startups, ranging from a music sharing app to a solution for finding colleges and internships that match your specific skills. While everyone had amazing ideas, there had to be a winning team in the end. The judges, including All Star Djassi Julien, deliberated and named Safe Space, an app and website to support victims of sexual violence, as the winners of the competition!

    I left my first All Star Code workshop feeling even more excited about becoming a part of this organization. I saw our mission come to life in the creativity and passion of these bright young men, who will be the next generation of computer science students, programmers, and tech entrepreneurs.

    The day was also bittersweet for the ASC team as it was the last workshop with our Program Manager extraordinaire David Noel. But what a way to go out! The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well, thanks in large part to David.

    Check out what the day looked like from my perspective in the Design a Startup in a Day Storify, and join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

    #OurBoysMatter

    Tips For Applying To All Star Code Workshops

    Dear Potential All Stars,

    All Star Code’s Design a Start Up in a Day (DSUD) application deadline is Friday, October 17th at 11:59 pm. If you haven’t applied already, that’s tomorrow! Before you make your way to our application page, I want to catch you up on our recent programming, and provide you with some tips on what makes a great application as well.

    Since our DSUD application went live on September 22nd, All Star Code has been actively getting the word out through school site visits and our partner organizations. Traveling around NYC and meeting different students has been awesome. It’s always nice to match a face to the application. Students often come prepped with a host of questions about our application process and what they can do to make their application stand out. Below are a couple of answers to frequently asked questions concerning our Design a Start Up in a Day workshop and application process.

    DSUD Workshop Questions

    1. If accepted, can I attend both workshops?
    Each accepted student can only attend one workshop, but you can specify on your application if you have a preferred date that you’d like to attend. Looking ahead, accepted Design a Start Up in a Day participants will ALSO be invited to our World of Coding workshop in early February, 2015. So no worries, there will be more opportunities to participate in All Star Code’s programming.

    2. How many students will you be accepting?
    Each workshop will hold 30 students, so 60 students in total.’

    3. Who will be instructing us? Will I have help?
    Kane Sarhan, Co-Founder of Enstitute, will be leading our workshop. Kane is great. And a host of tech professionals will act as mentors to help your start up come to life.

    4. Will there be food at the workshop?
    The answer to this question is one big resounding YES! You and I both will be looking forward to it.

    DSUD Application Questions

    1. If I don’t have a laptop, will that hurt my chances of getting in?
    No, not at all. We only ask to get a sense of how many laptops we will have to provide for each workshop. Asking upfront helps us plan in advance. Preparation is key.

    2. I don’t know how to code. Should I apply?
    Absolutely! We want to help build a bridge to tech for students who may never have had the opportunity before. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Wayne Gretzky once said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. Take a shot. Start with All Star Code.

    3. How can I make my application stand out? What are you looking for?
    We are looking for highly motivated students who are interested in technology. Since we can’t take the time to meet with every student, our application serves as a way to get to know you a little better. Write thoroughly and don’t be afraid to share your dreams with us.

    Looking forward to seeing those applications. Apply Now!

    David Noel Jr.
    Program Coordinator
    All Star Code

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