We Are Code VR Hackathon

We Are Code VR Hackathon 2017:


Creating Tomorrow's Technology Leaders and Trailblazers in the Inner Cities


Organized by

Dhat Stone Academy, ScioArt, Inc., David E.Glover Education and Technology Center, Win Media Solution, and Urban Hip Tech


Calling all African American and Hispanic High School and Junior College students who love virtual reality technology, coding, innovation, and learning! We Are Code VR Hackathon is an opportunity to learn about virtual reality and other immersive Technologies, meet new people, and get hands-on experience with VR, AR (Augmented Reality), design and development. Win prizes, and get free Swag Bags, t-shirts, and more.


What is A We Are Code VR Hackathon?


It's a fun, challenging, and creative competition between Youth of Color from different cities around the U.S. who will go head-to-head from different venues to design the best Virtual Reality app, or game idea using Virtual Reality headset technology. It will be highly rewarding where Oculus Developers, VR coders, designers, technologists, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts will come together to help students work on project ideas and win prizes.


The We Are Code VR Hackathon will last 24 hours and focus on developing virtual reality apps and content for VR immersive technology. This event is also about design, creation, and problem solving. If you have an interest in coding, graphics, Art, 3D modeling, film, music, Sports, education, game design, or business, you will love the We Are Code VR Hackathon!

THE CHALLENGE: BUILD A VR MISSION TO MARS, OR THE MOON


On September 9-10, 2017, We Are Code VR Hackathon will invite 50 students from Los Angeles to compete with 50 students from Oakland California. Participants will come together and form into teams of (5) for 24 hours and will be asked to develop virtual reality applications, games, or solutions that could contribute to a space mission to the Moon and beyond.


The event will be streamed live between two NASA Space Centers, with the hackathon taking place simultaneously in two locations with 50 youth of color at each separate location! The Hackathon is an opportunity to learn, and experiment with new technologies such as Virtual Reality  (VR), Augmented Reality  (AR), even to learn code from scratch.


The hackers will be broken up into teams and tasked with designing and developing a VR game, or animation that features African American heroes, or characters in a journey to the Moon.


EMPOWERING OUR YOUTH OF COLOR THROUGH STEAM!

We Are Code VR Hackathon is an opportunity to empower our Inner City youth through new technologies and highlight the historic role that African Americans played in the nation's Space Exploration program. Students will experience the importance of space travel and Technology demonstrations that are advancing our knowledge for the Journey to the Moon and Mars, while also learning to develop Virtual Reality content for virtual reality technology. Furthermore, this is an opportunity to identify the local talent that can continue this mission in the future, through entrepreneurship, startups, and STEAM careers.


Who Should Apply?

African American and Latino students ages 13-19, who want to become software developers, game programmers, designers, artists, animators, storytellers, VR entrepreneurs, and those who want to spend time creating Solutions with VR and other immersive Technologies.


No previous computer programming experience is necessary. Students ages 13-19 can attend We Are Code VR Hackathon, regardless of your level of skill.


What is the Deadline for

Sign-Up?

Sign-ups will be opened until we register 50 students  (25 girls and 25 guys, grades 9-12, or junior college).


What Do You Need to Bring?

Some sort of photo ID, a registration form, a signed parent permission form, a laptop computer,  and a charger. If you do not have a computer,  no problem, we will provide you with one to use for the competition.


Rules  and Code of Conduct

In general, we ask that students be clean,  respectful,  and courteous to others. There will be no alcohol,  or drugs tolerated.  Also,  bring your best game on.

Interact In Virtual

Space At We Are Code

Mission To Mars In AltSpaceVR


With this exciting virtual reality platform Hackathon students from Los Angeles and Oakland can interact with their avatars to talk, jump, and fist bump in AltSpaceVR using a GearVR, Oculus Rift, Google Dream Time VR, or Dhat Stone VR Here. The general public is invited to join in on the fun! You can participate at the hackathon as though you are really there! All you need is a Virtual Reality headset. All students must sign up at:  AltSpaceVR.com/WeAreCode Exhibition event.


Don't Have A VR Headset. No Problem!  You can get a quality pair of Dhat Stone VR Here shipped directly to you. Your purchase will help support our efforts to prepare youth of color for the Digital Economy. Visit www.DhatStoneStore.com and get your Dhat Stone VR Here headsets for Only $41.




WIN BIG WITH A GEARVR AND A SAMSUNG SMARTPHONE, CASH,

AND SWAG!



How Do You Register?

Please send your request with your name, email, and phone number to: info@dhatstoneacademy.org. Like our Facebook page: Dhat Stone High Tech Learning Academy, Twitter: @Dhat Stone Academy,  Instagram: @Dhat Stone Academy




Hackathon Schedule


Saturday, September 9

10:00am -  Blast off Party - Check in, Breakfast

10:30am -  Group forming session

8:30am -  Welcome and Introduction

11:30am -  Get Your Hack on

1:00pm - Lunch

12:30pm - Coding Continues

3:00pm - VR Interaction in AltspaceVR Exhibition

5:00pm - Dinner

6:00pm - Special Entertainment

7:00pm -   End of Day 1


Sunday,  September 10

9:00am -  Hackathon Opens

9:30am - Breakfast

10:00am -  Tech Talk

10:30am -  Get Your Hack on

12:00pm - Lunch

3:00pm -   Stop Coding

3:30pm -   Team Presentations

5:00pm -   VR Interaction in AltspaceVR Exhibition

6:00pm -  Award Ceremony - Winners Announced

7:00pm -  Hackathon Ends



Free Meals will be provided with other treats throughout the weekend as well as: T-shirts, snacks,  swag bags, cash and prizes.


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Los Angeles Location:


NASA Columbia Memorial Space Center

12400 Columbia Way

Downey, California 90242



Oakland Location:

David E. Glover Education and Technology Center


6948 Foothill Blvd

Oakland, California 94605





SPONSORS AND PARTNERS:

A Special thanks to our partners and sponsors who helped to make this possible.