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Chicago Public Schools and Google are hosting 
Googlepalooza’s first-ever Hackathon for students!
Teams of up to six students in grades 9-12 will compete to design and prototype an application that will improve how teachers and administrators interact with the District’s student information* (e.g., grades, attendance, schedules, etc.). Students will have the opportunity to win prizes and interact with mentors from Google!


What you need to know...
Dates:         Thursday, August 18 - Friday, August 19
Times:         9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Thursday and 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Friday
Location:    Whitney Young High School, 211 S. Laflin St., Chicago, IL 60607
Cost:           FREE!

Check back on this page frequently for event updates!


*Hackathon participants will not have access to any personally identifiable student information.




What are the event details?

The Googlepalooza Hackathon will take place on Thursday, August 18 and Friday, August 19 at Whitney Young High School at 211 S. Laflin St., Chicago, IL 60607. The hours of the event are from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday. The event is free for students and lunch will be provided.


Is attendance mandatory on both days?

No. Students can attend both days of the Hackathon, or they can attend either Day 1 or Day 2. Though it is not required, it is highly recommended that students who attend Day 2 also participate in Day 1.



What do students need to bring?

Students must bring the following signed Student Field Trip Consent and CPS Media Release forms:
Students will not be allowed to participate in the Hackathon without these signed forms. Additionally, students must bring their own computer and power cord.





Will student transportation be provided?

Transportation will not be provided. Students can be dropped off at the entrance of Whitney Young’s Academic Building (Jackson St.). Alternatively, the school is a short walk from the Blue Line Racine stop. Staff will be outside the school to help direct students into the building. Students should arrive promptly at 9 a.m. so that they have adequate time to set up before the program kicks off at 9:30 a.m.





How will Day 1 be structured?

Teams of up to six students in grades 9 – 12 will compete to design an application that will improve how teachers and administrators interact with the District’s student information (e.g., grades attendance, etc.). Staff will be available to answer questions, verify the problems and ideas for solutions and help build business case deliverables. Hackathon participants will not have access to any personally identifiable student information at any point during the Hackathon. The following is the schedule for Day 1:
  • Registration and Student Setup: 9 – 9:30 a.m.
  • Instructions: 9:30 – 10 a.m.
  • Working Session: 10 a.m. – noon
  • Lunch: 12 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Working Session: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Presentations: 1:30 – 3 p.m.
  • Judging and Awards: 3 – 3:30 p.m.




What are the Day 1 deliverables?

  • Summary of your team’s idea
  • Product description including user interface design
  • District user analysis explaining who within the school district will benefit from the product
  • Competitive analysis discussing what other software products or services may be available in the marketplace that address the same problem your team’s solution is going to accomplish
  • Savings vs. cost to the District discussing the time or cost savings that your team expects
  • District adoption discussing how your team plans to get the intended audience to use your proposed tool or service
  • Presentation of each of the above deliverables (limited to four minutes and two presenters)





How will Day 2 be structured?

Day 2 is optional and will focus on building the prototype application. Students can prototype any concept presented on Day 1 using GO, PHP, Java, or Python. Google Apps Engine SDKs can be downloaded here. Student CPS.edu addresses will be used to access the Google Cloud Platform. Like Day 1, staff will be available to help with navigating the data and setting up the development environment. The following is the schedule for Day 2:
  • Registration and Student Setup: 9 – 9:30 a.m.
  • Instructions: 9:30 – 10 a.m.
  • Working Session: 10 a.m. – noon
  • Lunch: 12 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Working Session: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Presentations: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Judging and Awards: 3:30 – 4 p.m.





What are the Day 2 deliverables?

  • Working prototype application (Web, Smartphone or Google Doc-based) using a design from Day 1 activities
  • Presentation of the problem, technical solution and the working prototype (limited to five minutes and two presenters)





Will prizes be awarded to students?

Google will generously sponsor door prizes for the first 100 participants on Thursday as well as prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners on both days. Prizes will be announced at a later date.





Who can students or parents contact with questions?

Please contact the Googlepalooza Planning Committee at googlepalooza@cps.edu.