ANova Hacks 2018
Our team hopes to raise $5000 for our annual hackathon. We will use the money to provide our under-resourced students with the best experience possible. Would you be interested in supporting our cause?
A hackathon is rooted in the simple, but complex world of "creation". During hackathons, teams come together to bring one of their own ideas into tangible reality using technology. Regardless of their interest in computer science, students are exposed to the wonders of technology and its impact on our world. Together, we can inspire the next generation of innovators to hack to new heights.
Computer Science has consistently been more prevalent in communities with consistent access to computers and the tech industry. However, a significant amount of potential computer scientists don’t have these opportunities and that’s where ANova Hacks fits in: A Hackathon specially for students in under-resourced communities to instill the belief into our students that each one of them can change the world through a 4 year college degree and through the power of technology. We hope to empower our students through this hackathon so that they can transcend the limits of their circumstance and ignite a passion towards becoming an engineer in the future. We hope that you can be a part of this journey and help us make this possible for our students!
Our hackathon aims to empower our students to not only pursue a 4 year degree and but also aspire towards using technology for social good. We aim to give them the skills and experience necessary to spread their ideas to the world through technology as well as recognize their career aspirations. We imagine a diverse tech industry where age, gender and background do not limit one’s ability to pursue computer science, and the mission of ANova Hacks is to make that a reality.
Here are some of our demographics for our previous hackathon!
We’ll have to different types of workshops: pursuing higher education and tech workshops. There will be workshops and panels about financial aid, college life and the application process inspire students to pursue higher education. On the other hand, we have exciting workshops that teach them how to build websites, apps, games, and more! Finally, we’ll be presenting a firsthand look at virtual reality, gaming, information security, artificial intelligence and more to provide students with an exciting look into the forefront of technological innovation. Throughout this whole process, each student will have access to mentorship from passionate UC Berkeley students. Above all, ANova Hacks is about forming friendships with these students and empowering them so that they have the resources they need to achieve their goals.
We ultimately hope raise $12,000 for our hackathon so that we can run as many workshops as we’d like in a spacious venue with awesome prizes for our hackers. These $5,000 is only the first step in our journey to reaching $12,000. We hope that you’ll be a part of our movement to bring Computer Science to as many people as possible!
Our goal for this crowdfunding campaign is to raise enough money to fund our venue and food for our Hackathon and be able to provide an amazing experience to our students free of charge. If we raise over $5000, we'll spend that money towards providing lunch, dinner, and prizes for our hackathon!
ANova is registered student organization in UC Berkeley dedicated to improving computer science education in under resourced communities across the Bay Area. We partner with middle and high school teachers and administrators to develop curriculum catered individually for each classroom. Our outreach and mentorship efforts strive to introduce students of all backgrounds to computer science.
We currently reach out to over 100 students at 9 different middle/high school programs. To be considered for our program, each one of these schools must provide above 40% free and reduced lunch. Every site has its own curriculum catered to its own specific needs. As part of our mission, we also host ANova Hacks annually, an event dedicated to showing the wonders of computer science to our students.
To truly expose our students to what industry is like, ANova has partnered with industry leaders in promoting computer science education like Google, Github, and Make School to provide swag and panelists for our Hackathon. Our sponsors have made previous Hackathons possible with their invaluable experience in helping out with workshops and panels to give our students the full experience. We would like to thank them below for making ANova Hacks amazing!
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To find out more about us, visit us at berkeleyanova.org or facebook.com/BerkeleyANova.