The goal of a hackathon is to create a functioning product by the end of the event. Our inaugural theme is in support of our mission: “to help build support systems within the Hmong community to cultivate creative excellence.”
Celebrate Hmong will present a set of well-defined challenge statements to maximize information availability and the impact that a 24-hour event can have. Participants will have access to subject-matter experts, mentors, workshops, and the like in addition to the basics: Wi-fi, meals, snacks, caffeine, etc.
Doua Vu was born in Laos and immigrated to the United States at the age of nine. She is the youngest of four children and the first from her family to attend a four-year college. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, Fresno and a Masters in Bilingual Cross-Cultural Education from Fresno Pacific University. For the past 25 years, she has worked as a classroom teacher, teacher on special assignment, instructional coach, vice principal, and is currently the Manager of the Hmong Language Program in Fresno Unified School District. Doua has been active in a number of community and professional associations, has served on different committees for the California State Department of Education, and has advised two national publishers on developing culturally and linguistically appropriate curricula. She enjoys exploring places with her husband and is the proud mother of four children.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
This section will continue to grow as we get more questions, but here's what we have so far!
Will meals be provided?
There will be a networking mixer where Hackers will be able to meet with artists and potential for other teams, there will be breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and snacks & beverages throughout the Hackathon!
What kinds of problem statements will we be hacking for?
Tiger Byte Studios & Celebrate Hmong has collected problem statements from within our community. We will reveal the final challenges on Friday, but problem statements range from creating interactive information visualizations of social activities to building mobile apps for to connect underserved communities.
Will there be any accommodations for sleeping, since it’s an overnight Hackathon?
We have to close up the facility after 5 PM. Sorry!
What if I don’t have a team?
That’s fine! You will have a chance to chat with other participants and form teams once you arrive.
What happens to the project code we create?
All code created during the event will be released under an OSI approved open source license and released in a public code repository.
Where can I ask more questions?
Space will be limited, so we suggest you register as soon as possible!
There are four types of attendees for Celebrate Hmong’s Social Hackathon:
HACKER – DEVELOPMENT TRACK: Come up with an idea for an application and develop a working prototype using any technology. In case you don’t have an experience in that – no worries. Our mentors will be helping you to code. You will have access to workshops onsite. You will have 24 hours to finish your prototype. Teams can be formed ahead of time over Slack or at the pre-hacking, team building event prior to the hackathon.
HACKER – BUSINESS TRACK: Come up with a business idea Social Impact, or any other ideas as a solution and develop a full-blown business model according to the rules and format announced at the pre-hacking, team building event prior to the hackathon; you will have 24 hours. We will have a team building event on Friday December 27 and if you find developer that can join your project – you are welcome to switch to Development Track competition.
HACKER – YOUTH DEVELOPMENT TRACK (BOYS and GIRLS). (If you are under 18 years old ) Come up with an idea and develop a working prototype. In case you don’t have experience – no worries. Our mentors will be helping you to code. You will have access to workshops onsite. You will have 24 hours to finish your prototype. Teams can be formed ahead of time over Slack or at the pre-hacking, team building event prior to the hackathon.
Hackers and mentors are welcome to attend workshops, speeches and talks, but will be encouraged to focus most of their time on building a blockchain-based project to present on Sunday afternoon. All hackathon participants also have a full free access to the festival that will run December 26 – January 1.
PLEASE NOTE that non-developers are welcome to apply as well. Each hacker team will consist of 2-4 individuals with diverse skill sets. If you have something you think you can add to the ecosystem – whether it’s a knack for crafting white papers to explain dApps, project management skills, a creative or artistic perspective, or an entrepreneurial vision – we’d welcome your talents and skills on one of our hackathon teams.
Solo hackers are invited to register and will have the opportunity to meet people prior to the event at online Slack group, or during team building session held on Friday, the first day of the event.
Established teams are welcome to register. Please register individually. We also can accept your registrations and have a technology to join you to this hackathon remotely.