A highschool hackathon by XdHacks Mini

Vancouver 2019-2020


June 6, 2020


June 7, 2020



XdHacks-COVID is a virtual Hackathon that encourages high-school students from around the world to develop solutions that will help our world in real world problems. Within the span of 48 hours, participants worked together to develop functional prototypes of digital solutions aimed towards solving the challenges society encounters. Workshops, keynote presentations, interactive activities and mentors to assisted their creation along every step of the way. Near the end, a team of judges evaluated the projects. The top 3 teams will receive grand prizes.


Our workshops for the event, featuring many professionals of the tech industry


The top 3 teams in this hackathon and their projects built during the event


Participants built projects around the theme Covid-19. Click here for more


Prehackathon Workshop

Data Visualization with Python

By John Jamora

In our busy lives, it is hard to keep up with the latest events; let alone the exact numbers! Luckily, we have data visualization, which helps portray the big picture via something as simple as a pie chart. As the saying goes, "a picture is worth a thousand words."Many statisticians would agree that visualizing data is the best way to quickly show the grand scheme of an event. The pre-hackathon workshop will focus on demonstrating how to visualize data using Python. From bar graphs to maps, there are a plethora of different ways to portray important data based on your need. The goal of the workshop is to expose participants to using data visualization and apply the concepts to their own websites or applications in real life. Participants will have the option to choose from the two sessions of the same workshop which will be hosted on June 2nd and 3rd. The pre-hackathon workshop will be available to everyone that signed up for the main event so don 't miss out on your chance to be a part of this workshop hosted by Geek Education, one of the most prestigious programming organizations in Vancouver!

John Jamora – Instructor at Geek Education

John is an experienced instructor from Geek Education with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Currently, he is pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science with a focus in Computer Science from Simon Fraser University. Working as a full-time instructor, John 's main objective is to give youth the knowledge and the skills to become tomorrow 's innovators. He is skilled in various programming languages such as Java, Python, C++, C#, and Lua.

Workshop 1

Career in Software Development

By Anthony Chu

What does it take to get a job in the tech industry? How do you shape your path towards a tech career? The purpose of the Career Workshop is to answer these questions about the field of technology and help you decide whether software development is a right career for you! Particpants will be able to learn about the current professionals 'experience who are working for one of the biggest tech companies in the world. The workshop will also include a Q &A session at the end where particpants will be able to directly interact with the keynote speaker.

Anthony Chu - Microsoft Program Manager

Inspired by the world of technology, Anthony Chu is currently a program manager at Microsoft. His current projects at Microsoft focus on working on serverless computing product, Azure Functions. After majoring in computer science at University of British Columbia, he spent many years in various software development and architecture roles in Vancouver and has been building web applications since the early days of the web. More information about his career and contact can be found in his personal website, anthonychu.ca .

Workshop 2

Problem Solving with Design

By Jessica West

Curious about design and user experience? Want to learn how to incorporate design into your projects? This workshop will introduce the tools and processes around building effective user experiences. Learn what user experience entails and how you can incorporate these skills into any project. You’ll get an inside look into various designs with real-life examples. Find out how to solve complex problems and improve a customer’s experience for the better. Get ready to spark inspiration and gain an understanding of how you can incorporate design thinking into your future!

Jessica West – Amazon UX Designer

Jessica is currently living in Seattle where she works as a UX Designer at Amazon. She recently transitioned from Amazon Retail, where she designed experiences for the video games and software programs. Currently Jessica is on the Prime Video team, designing desktop and television experiences. Previously, she attended Academy of Art University in San Francisco, majoring in Web Design &New Media. Her skills range from visual design, motion graphics, front-end development, and user experience. Outside of her work at Amazon, Jessica has also been volunteering as a mentor with the Built By Girls organization, helping young women in STEM fields with projects and career development.

Workshop 3

Intellectual Property 101

By the Government of Canada

Ever wondered how you can protect an idea? Have you wondered how you can protect something you may have created? This workshop will give you a brief introduction to intellectual property. In particular you will learn about the major forms of intellectual property protection available in Canada including patents, trademarks, copyright and industrial designs. Learn more about the process of securing these forms of intellectual property as well as the benefits each form of protection confers!

Due to a media blackout and regulation, the presenter 's  identity wont be posted online.




Victor Vannara, Hanmin Kim, Charley Lee, Samuel Jeon

The winning team 's project, Covid Policy Tracker , provides a concise and easy-to-understand visualization of the effectiveness of policies put forth by various nations to control the Covid-19 outbreak.


Team Ambition

Donald Lee, Victor Zheng, Jason Huang, Leo Wang, Angela Chen

The second place team 's project, CarePackages4U , is an easily accessible web application that allows anyone who is unable to leave their house to request their needs in a list.


Arctic Waters

Henry Zhao, Brian Shao, Braden

The third place tied project, The ArcticWaters Queue Application , is a easy-to use dynamic queuing system which allows users to queue up to go to physical locations.

Kode with Klossy Scholars Unite

Mackenzie Hill, Trinity Tran, Marisa Dominguez, Ana Caralho, Amy Deng
The third place tied project, Isolocation , provides up-to-date information on all your favourite local business, in turn keeping you safe and informed.

The Executive Team

Kaden Gulamani

Executive Director

Boya Zhang

Director of Platform

Yoonsik Jung

Director of Acitivies

Amin Gulamani

Director of Design

Jerry Xu

Director of Finance

Jenny Jiang

Director of Marketing

Lucy Mo

Director of IT

Christina Xie

Event Manager

That 's It!

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