The following are frequently asked questions. Feel free to contact us if your question is not listed below.
What is Junior Achievement?
Junior Achievement is a non-profit organization geared towards preparing young people in grades K-12 to succeed in a global economy through real world relationships with business, government, and education partners to help them develop the employability and financial literacy skills needed to succeed in the 21st century. Our innovative hands-on curriculum – provided at no cost to schools, students, or their families – emphasizes real world learning experiences and motivates youth to achieve by connecting them with corporate and community role models committed to investing in their future.
What is HackJA?
HackJA is a 24-hour student hackathon for 100-150 high schoolers planned by New Jersey high school students. In a hackathon, students are assigned tasks and challenges that are related to computer science and information technology. Students also get to participate in workshops and meet with mentors from various companies. It is a valuable experience for all students, regardless of whether they have no coding experience or are a coding master.
When and where will HackJA take place?
HackJA will take place at our educational center in Edison at 360 Pear Blossom Drive. This will be a 24-hour event, with registration starting at 9:30am on October 20th and closing ceremony ending by 12 PM on October 21st.
What will the adult supervision look like?
There will be a 1:10 ratio of adult chaperones to students at all times with at least two JA Staff present for the full event. Every chaperone will be a seasoned Junior Achievement volunteer with a background check on file.
Where will participants sleep?
There will be a separate room for hackers to get a little shut-eye throughout the night, but due to the venue restrictions, there will not be any beds, but only tables and the ground beside your table. However, you are welcome to bring a sleeping bag and pillow to the event!
What should I bring?
Laptops, cell phones and any other electronic devices are allowed during the hackathon (don’t forget the charger)! Also, you are welcome to bring sleeping bags or pillows to help you catch a bit of sleeping during the night. And as always, don’t forget your awesome ideas!
Is there a HackJA Code Of Conduct?
Yes, please feel free to check it out here.
Will food be provided?
Absolutely! Your meals for the weekend will be free and there’ll be plenty of snacks and drinks to keep you energized throughout the event.
What if I don't know how to code?
Not a problem! You can always start and gaining experience is the best way to do it! It’s entirely irrelevant what your experience is going into a hackathon, it’s more about your interest in technology. HackJA is designed specifically to engage students in the technology field in the most fun and welcoming way possible. If you’re wanting to learn how to code outside of a hackathon, there’s a fantastic blog post that you should read.
What is the judging process I will be judged on?
The judging panel will contain of 6 to 10 professional judges that will evaluate your projects based on creativity, organization, and efficiency, and prizes will then be handed out accordingly.
What are the prizes?
It’s not about winning—it’s about learning and making friends that last for a lifetime (so everyone’s a winner!). If you’re thinking, “ahh- that’s adorable…but really,” then we’ve got you covered too. A panel of judges will evaluate the projects and big prizes (TBA) will be awarded accordingly.
Is there travel reimbursement?
No, we do not offer any reimbursement for travel expenses.
Do I have to compete with a team?
No, you are welcome to join as a single participant as well!