200 high schoolers attended the PilotOxy @ Adventures of the Mind Hackathon at Occidental College in LA.
In this only 8 hour hackathon, 29 apps were built by mostly beginner developers. This summer camp hackathon invited students from around the world and the universal language for this event was building apps. I, along with other mentors, was ready to provide developer support to these participants.
The opening ceremony was held at the Choi Family Auditorium in Johnson Hall. PilotOxy @ Adentures of the Mind organizer Mayank Jain welcomed the packed crowd and explained the event’s details.
I was introduced as the Mashery sponsor and mentor and took to the stage. It was awesome being faced with so many students eager to learn app development. Impressively, the crowd of students was able to correctly explain to me the definition of an API (Application Programming Interface, for you n00bs). I then announced the Best App Using the Mashery API Network challenge and prize: 76-in-1 Smart Portable New Generation Digital Handheld Consoles for the winning team.
My “How To Build A Mobile App With The Mashery API Network” was set to begin shortly after in the classroom below. However, the room was not big enough to accommodate the interested attendees, so we all moved back to the auditorium. I asked the many students to bring out their laptops because we were all going to build a complete mobile app with a Mashery powered API. I called on four different volunteers to help me demonstrate the various steps in building an app. Our first volunteer demonstrated the Mashery registration process, and Beats Music API key retrieval process, and made an API call using the Featured Playlist API within the Beats Music Developer Playground. Students followed along and completed the same process on their laptops.
Our second volunteer demonstrated Intel XDK. She and the others downloaded, installed, and registered their program.
The third volunteer showed us how to retrieve the Rotten Tomatoes API key.
Lastly, our fourth volunteer took his API Key and activated the Rotten Tomatoes app found in XDK’s Work with a Demo. The excitement and eagerness I first saw in these students now included confidence that they could build an app in the limited time given.
PilotOxy @ Adventures of the Mind used the hackathon management tool Hacker League and students were required to register and submit their app description. I awarded Mashery shirts to the first several teams who showed me their registered team name and members on Hacker League.
The Mashery prize for the Best App Using the Mashery API Network was awarded to “Paro,” an organizer for event planners. This app was created by a four member team and used the TomTom API to qualify for and win the Mashery prize. In addition, they used Intel XDK to build this winning app.
Special thanks goes to Mayank Jain for organizing the event. Mayank is an Adventures of the Mind alumni and returned to his alma mater to provide this valuable hackathon experience to high schoolers. Great job, Mayank!
Thanks to the volunteers including fellow mentors Chiu-Ki Chan and Jeffrey Wang . Lastly, thank you students for a wonderful summer camp hackathon experience.