Hacktoberfest 2015

From Oct 5th 2015
To Oct 31st 2015
See the website


How to confirm your attendance: 

Step 1: Fill out this application.  Step 2: If you're a student, please sign this Code of Conduct.  Step 3: Have your parent or legal guardian sign this Parental Consent Form. Step 4: Bring your Eventbrite ticket and valid/current school ID to your session. 

*You must complete all four steps to attend any of the Hacktoberfest events.*

About Hacktoberfest 2015!

We're bringing a month-long campaign to spread the passion for computer science to more K-12 students in Los Angeles! With the help of our volunteers and community partners, we are delivering the industry-relevant educational resources that will empower students to make awesome projects!

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding any Hacktoberfest activities, please view the FAQ on the Hacktoberfest webpage first. Feel free to give a call to Justin Ezor, Hacktoberfest Program Director, at (310) 738-0683 for any questions or comments. 

Educational Content: 

Hardware & Wearables: Want to know what tools you can use to build Iron Man? Learn the skills necessary to harness the powers of arduinos, Myo and drones using a sampling of Python, C++, C#, Javascript, and even 3D printing! WearHacks will be providing a hardware lab and curriculum at select events!

Web Development: Learn web development from the people that put hacker clubs at every high school - HackEDU. From discovering the power of Github to making your first website, you'll learn the HTML/CSS & Javascript you need to be ready for the world wide web! 

Virtual Reality: Ever heard of the Matrix? This is very similar! Learn how to build your own worlds using Unity and port it to virtual reality (VR) headsets like the Oculus! Learn to build your own games and meet the people that are driving the industry forward! 

Mobile Game Development: Ever wanted to learn how to make games like Clash of the Clans or Flappy Bird? You'll have the opportunity to learn iOS Development using the new programming language - Swift!  And for those of you that are more advanced, we will show you how to use secret ingredients they call APIs! 

Hack Hours 

Who: This event is open to 9th-12th grade students in high school. 

What: Three-hour events in which mentors from Hacker Fund teach various technologies afterschool using curriculum & hardware from HackEDU & WearHacks. 

When: Mondays/Wednesday from 4:00pm-7:00pm PST

Where: Rhubarb Studios, located at 633 W 5th St, #1400, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Materials: Please bring your computer, valid/current school ID, and evenrbrite ticket. Snacks will be provided.


Virtual Reality Sessions

Who: This event is open to 9th-12th grade students in high school. 

What: Three-hour events in which mentors from Hacker Fund teach Unity & Virtual Reality Game Development.

When: Fridays from 4:30pm-7:30pm PST (October 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th in 2015)

Where: Hatch Studios located at 2260 Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064.

Materials: Please bring your computer, valid/current school ID, and evenrbrite ticket. Snacks will be provided.


Microsoft Hack Day

Who: This event is open to 9th-12th grade students in high school. 

What: We are teaming up with Microsoft to bring an unforgettable taste-test of technologies. We'll start with interactive maker kits and then an introduction to game development for the web and virtual reality. 

When: Saturday October 17th, 2015, 10:00am-6:00pm PST

Schedule: See detailed schedule below. 

10am-10:30am (Snack/Mentor&Greet)

10:30am-12:30pm (Workshops) - MSFT Workshop: MakeyMakey 

12:30pm-1:00pm (Lunch Break)

1:00pm-2:00pm (Workshops) - Choose: Unity Game Development or Web Development

2:00pm-3:00pm (Workshop) - Esri Workshop: Intro to GIS

3:00pm-5:30pm (Hacking)

5:30pm-6:00pm (Demo & Parents Exhibit) 

Where: Microsoft HQ, 13031 W Jefferson Blvd, Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90094

Materials: Please bring your computer, valid/current school ID, and Evenrbrite ticket. Snacks & lunch will be provided. 

24-Hour Hackathon 

Who: This event is open to 9th-12th grade students in high school. This is an over-night event. 

What: Join us for a hackathon that is bringing the city together to inspire the youth in Los Angeles - an overnight innovation sprint with a skyline view from the tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi. We will have workshops powered by Microsoft, HackEDU, WearHacks, and other technology partners. Here's the rundown of workshops: 

Intro to Wearables

Intro to iPhone Game Development (iOS)

Intro to Unity & VR

Intro to Github 

Intro to Web Development

When: Saturday,  October 24th @ 12:00pm PST - Sunday, October 25th @ 3:00pm PST 

Schedule: Here's a timeline listed below - 

Saturday October 24th

11:00AM - Student Arrival

11:30AM-12:00PM Opening Ceremony

12:00PM-12:30PM: Lunch & Mentor Meet/Greet

12:30PM-2:45PM: Hacktoberfest Pumpkin Hacktivity 

2:45PM-3:00PM: Mayor's Address

3:00PM-7:00PM Workshops & Hacking Begins 

7:00PM-8:00PM Dinner

8:00PM-11:30PM Workshops & Hacking

11:30PM-12:00AM Activity

Sunday October 25th

12:00AM-12:30AM Snack

12:30AM-3:00AM Hacking

3:00AM-3:30AM Activity 

3:30AM-8:00AM Hacking

8:00AM-9:00AM Breakfast

9:00AM-12:30PM Hacking

12:30PM-1:30PM Pitching Workshop, Judging & Expo

1:30PM-2:30PM Closing Ceremony & Parent/Teacher Luncheon

2:30PM-3:00PM Departure/Checkout    


Where: Rhubarb Studios, located at the U.S. Bank Tower at 633 W 5th St, #1400, Los Angeles, CA 90071.

Materials: Please bring your computer, valid/current school ID, and Eventbrite ticket. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, & snacks will be provided! 

More Information: The various challenges and prizes will be posted on Devpost. There will be designated nap areas so please bring comfortable clothing and/or sleeping bags if you intend to take a nap. 

Teacher Day - Sunday October 25th 

We are inviting teachers and school administrators to come learn about how to incorporate the hackathon into the classroom. Attendees of this seminar will receive resources & materials that they can use in the future to engage their students. After the seminar, teachers & administrators will be free to explore the hackathon expo. Lunch will be provided. 

What: The Seminar: "Hackathon in the Classroom"

What is a hackathon?

Classroom Resources

Hardware List

Project Examples


When:  Sunday, October 25th @ 10am - 3:00pm PST 

Where: Rhubarb Studios, located at the U.S. Bank Tower at 633 W 5th St, #1400, Los Angeles, CA 90071.

Schedule: Here's a timeline listed below - 

10:00am-10:30am-Teacher Arrival

10:30am-12:30pm - Seminar

12:30pm-1:30pm Hackathon Expo 

1:30am-2:30pm Lunch

2:30pm-3:00pm Departure

Materials: Please bring your computer, valid/current ID, and Eventbrite ticket. Lunch will be provided. 

Thank you to our community partners! 

i.am.angel Foundation, Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Rhubarb Studios, Digital Ocean, Hatch Studios, Make in LA, Microsoft, Moxtra, CGI, WearHacks, Bruin Entrepreneurs, Spark SC, Hack for LA, HackEDU, Bixel Exchange, Devpost, Make in LA, Polymail, & Noosa Yoghurt

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