Welcome to the official FutureHacks Five Hackathon Guide For Parents!

FutureHacks Five will let your child apply learned skills to real-world problems as well as collaborate with many like-minded individuals! FutureHacks Five is focused on bringing the best experience to someone as a programmer, a gamer, and problem solver! Don’t know much programming but still want to attend? Don’t worry! We will have fun and engaging coding workshops that teach the basics of programming in a variety of languages.

the THEME OF THE HACKATHON IS “FutureHacks Five: Coding into the Future with AI”!  

For Q&A, please join our Discord Server:

For project submission, you must set up DevPost account:

For Wechat group: Scan QRCode to join

  • Fri, 4/14/2023, 7:00pm ET Kick-off meeting to introduce the coding challenge
    Parents Information Session & Guidance Lesson Intro

    the opening ceremony recording is here: view

  • Sat, 4/15/2023, All Day Time to work on your project
  • Workshop #1
    Sat, 4/15/2023, 11am ET Preparing for College: Tips for High School Students and Parents
    Speaker: Daniel Liu (U.S)
  • Workshop #2
    Sat, 4/15/2023, 12pm ET Empower Our Youth: how to handle conflict, anger, and self esteem
    Speaker: Lori Hoff, National Youth Week USA
  • Workshop #3
    Sat, 4/15/2023, 1pm ET Where Passion Meets Action Introduction
    Speaker: Stanley Jin (Canada)
  • Workshop #4
    Sat, 4/15/2023, 3pm ET The Importance of Sight
    Speaker: Rafael Almeida (Brazil)
  • Workshop #5
    Sat, 4/15/2023, 5pm ET Applying to Colleges in US, and navigating the freshman year!
    Speaker: Shiven Patel (India)
  • Workshop #6
    Sat, 4/15/2023, 8pm ET 如何使用ChatGPT来规划大学申请
    Speaker: Michael Liu
  • Sun, 4/16/2023, until 12:00pm ET Project Submission Deadline
  • Sun, 4/16/2023, 1:00 - 5:00pm ET Student Presenting and Judging
  • Sun, 4/16/2023, 6:00pm ET Closing Ceremony
    Link to join Meeting ID: 426 219 9093 - Passcode: 123456

We're using Devpost to showcase all your projects and support the judging.

Register now at: https://futurehacks-five.devpost.com/
You must submit your project(s) in Devpost before the deadline (12:00pm EDT Sunday 4/16/2023 )

DevPost Setup Instruction: PDF

Have EVERY person on your team go to the link above and click Register for this hackathon. (You must all create Devpost accounts.)

One person from each team will Enter a Submission (which is a button you'll see after you Register). Where it asks you to add your teammates' email addresses, make sure to use the same ones they used to create their Devpost accounts.

Submit early and include as much information as you can, so you won't be rushed toward the end. And remember, you can keep updating your project until the deadline.

Important: Book Your Judging Time
*You MUST submit your project before the deadline, otherwise you will not be eligible for prize contention.

FutureHacks 2021 Spring Talks Roster, March 27th - Register here

Daniel Liu [President of AIGoLearning] – Senior @ West Windsor Plainsboro HS North
Siddarth Narayanan – Sophomore @ West Windsor Plainsboro HS South

AiGoLearning has over 200 student teachers, who signed up to teach children coding. In this talk, we will show you how a high school (or middle school) student can become a coding instructor, and get involved in activities such as organizing Hackathons and managing classes. In addition, we will cover how high school students can start a club at school and empower themselves with leadership and guide their peers.

Enter Zoom Webinar 1

Edmond Niu [STEM For All Program Co-director] – Junior @ High Technology High School
Satwika Vemuri – Sophomore @ Bergen County Academies
Benjamin Chee – Sophomore @ Ridge High school
Daniel Shen – Sophomore @ Watchung Hills Regional High School

Welcome to our STEM for All mission! STEM for All is AiGoLearning’s way of giving back to the community, by offering free coding classes (to underrepresented audiences) to help groups at a disadvantage. In this talk you’ll get to learn more about the teens behind this operation and how your child can become one of us. We will discuss our goals with STEM for All and what our classes have to offer. Looking forward to seeing you and your HS kid there!

Enter Zoom Webinar 2

Dr. Wei Xie - Principal of Northeast Academy of Philadelphia

Why should students apply to top colleges? How should a student prepare for college applications? In this talk, Dr. Xie, the principal of Northeast Academic of Philadelphia will share a story about how his son got into Harvard University and present a thorough overview of the new trends in college applications, why a student should start college preparation as early as possible, and what matters to universities in college applications and the game rules in top schools’ admission processes. This talk aims to help the students and their parents turning anxieties into motivations and making their college dreams come true.

Enter Zoom Webinar 3

Annie Li [Treasurer of AIGoLearning] – Sophomore @ Bergen County Academies

How do I get into my dream college? 🤩 How is college life? 🏫  What are Top Tech companies really looking for? 👥 In this talk, we will have a panel of college students from top colleges, as they tell us about their experiences at college. Participants will be able to ask them all types of questions. The panelists will talk about their experiences from both before and during the pandemic. In addition, most of our panelists specialize or have some relation to computer science!

Enter Zoom Webinar 4

Discord: This is the primary way that communication will be done between the organizers and the students. Discord is also where the links to judging, mini-lessons, and other resources will be located! Make sure to tell your kids to join the discord server: https://discord.gg/gpt8hFek86

Fun activities: Besides working on their projects, attending workshops, there will also be a variety of fun activities. Join discord server to find out.



Rewarded to the top projects


Most Creative
Rising Star
Best design


Rewarded to students that either barely miss an award or whose project judges want to highlight


Arduino Kit
Gaming Mouse
Gaming Headphones

FutureHacks Five 2023 Workshop, April 15-16

Introduction: Hi I’m Daniel, currently a sophomore at NYU Stern studying Finance and CS. I also founded AiGoLearning. Feel free to ask me any questions you have about basically anything.
Abstract: In this 30 minutes, I will focus on discussing my very unexpected college application experience. Things include how I wrote my essays, what colleges I looked at, and what I wish I would have done differently.

Link to join workshopMeeting ID: 830 019 1280 - Passcode: 123456

NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK USA is focused on facilitating young people to discover the power of their purpose and to help save lives. We do that by teaching conflict resolution, anger management, and self worth. We are fighting against youth suicide, homicide, school shootings, and self hatred.
Abstract: We have come to the realization that it is not just guns and knives that are the problem. The real challenge is the state of our youth. Homicide, suicide, and physical and emotional violence plague our youth and that has caused their mental state to suffer. Our workshop will primarily gear around the A in CASE - anger, discussing how to better recognize and understand it. To grow into better versions of ourselves, it's time that we took responsibility for our emotions.

Link to join workshop Meeting ID: 830 019 1280 - Passcode: 123456

Introduction: Stanley is a rising college freshman at UPenn studying computer science and business. From playing varsity rugby to teaching professional snowboarders, he finds time outside to pursue his academic interests in machine learning.
Abstract: Time is very valuable for everyone, especially before applying to colleges and preparing for the future. How can we minimize the time for finding a passion or general direction, and maximize the time we spend pursuing a dream.

Link to join workshop Meeting ID: 830 019 1280 - Passcode: 123456

Introduction of Rafael Almeida: I was born in Brazil, Minas Gerais, and I recently came to the United States in 2016. I am currently a Senior at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools Academy for Information Technology. I have been a teacher at AiGoLearning, worked with teacher quality, and recently passed on the President of Technology position to another talented AiGoLearning member. My experience here has greatly deepened my passion for Computer Science, what I now hope to pursue in college. Finally, I love playing video games, going to the gym, and coding! I hope we share some common hobbies.
Abstract: However you feel regarding the college process, one thing I can assure is that it may seem mysterious. I would like to discuss my college application process as a first-gen, low-income, immigrant who came to the United States recently. I hope that all the reflection I did throughout the application process, that brought me many insights about myself and life, can be useful to you. Things I will cover include: what you can do to prepare (community based organizations), how I dealt with rejections and acceptances, crazy application stories, what higher education means to me, and of course, I can talk about the small details about my applications.

Link to join workshop Meeting ID: 830 019 1280 - Passcode: 123456

Introduction of Shiven Patel: I am a freshman at University of Massachusetts Amherst, majoring in CS. I am international student hailing from India, and received a scholarship of $64,000 to pursue my undergrad in US. I am interested in the field of Robotics, and its applications to solve pressing problems. Talking about Product Management, Leadership, talk to me.
Abstract:Talk about how we go about applying to colleges in the US, as an international student, links to useful resources on the internet. How to prepare yourself for the change in environment as an incoming freshman and making the most of the first year at college.

Link to join workshop Meeting ID: 830 019 1280 - Passcode: 123456


Link to join workshop Meeting ID: 830 019 1280 - Passcode: 123456

Participate in Group

Yes! If you already have a group in mind, make sure all members register for the hackathon and have a method of communication. Your group can have 2 people.

Don’t worry! If you want to work with a group and don’t have one, we will be helping participants find groups in the discord server.

There is a text channel on discord where you can look for a group. Additionally, we will have a role for those who are seeking a group. From there, you can send a message to them privately and then send them a friend request. Once you have a group of up to 4 members, you can create a group DM and add your group members.


We will be holding one workshop per programming language throughout the hackathon, plus a special workshop to help prepare participants for their presentation to judges. Specific times are located in the workshops tab

Workshops will cover scratch, scratch: game design, scratch + AI, python, python + AI, java, and crafting a pitch for judges. These will require little to no prior knowledge and introduce important concepts to the respective programming languages.

If you are on our discord server, we will be posting the zoom link 15 minutes before the lessons begin. All you have to do is join. There will be no class limit so you don’t have to reserve a spot. If you are not on our discord server, we will be sending out a google form at least 30 minutes in advance for you to sign up. Once you do, the zoom links will be sent to you and you will be able to join


You will be presenting to a panel of judges. They will be grading your project based upon this rubric. Groups will have 5 minutes to present and another 5 minutes for questions from the judges.

We will be using devpost for project submissions. Once you have created an account, join our competition page to submit your project.

Unfortunately not. Participants are only allowed to submit one project and can only work in one group.

Please contact us 24 hours before projects are due. If you don’t, we will assume you are in eastern time zone and will randomly assign you a time.

Each member of the group will receive the prize.


Email: contact@futurehacks.net