Introduction

Hack4Earth, a thrilling hackathon event brought to you by Sreenidhi International School, assembles young innovators to create transformative change in the sustainability realm through technology. This platform empowers participants to exhibit their skills, unleash their creativity, and deploy ingenious problem-solving in crafting cutting-edge solutions for sustainability challenges ranging from water scarcity to a lack of access to healthcare.

Tools and Technologies

Participants are encouraged to leverage a wide range of tools and technologies to bring their ideas to life. If you are participating in the Advanced track in the hackathon, we encourage you to look into GitHub Pages and Vercel for freely hosting your projects on the web. You can use various programming languages (such as Python, JavaScript, or Java), development frameworks (like React or Angular), cloud platforms (such as AWS or Google Cloud), database systems, APIs, and any other relevant technologies that can enhance the functionality and user experience of your project.

  • Resources: GitHub, Streamlit, Netlify, Vercel, AnyAPI (free APIs across the internet such as weather, air quality, and grocery-related APIs), TreeHacks Hack Pack

If you are participating in the Beginner track of the hackathon, you are encouraged to make use of low code/no code/drag and drop platforms that allow you to create websites, mobile/web apps, games, and other applications through pre-built features. These platforms enable users to create fully working projects at a fraction of the effort it would take to build them from scratch. These tools are especially suited for middle school students and high school students with no prior coding experience.

For the ideathon, we suggest using some type of slideshow/pitch deck platform (Google Slides, PowerPoint, Keynote) to create a visually engaging presentation that effectively communicates your product pitch. You can also incorporate mockups, wireframes, or prototypes using design tools like Figma to showcase the user interface and interaction flow of your idea.

  • Resources: Figma, Adobe XD, Sketch, Google Drawings, Lucidchart, Axure RP

Inspiration

When finalizing the challenge that you aim to address through your solution or idea, draw inspiration from real-world sustainability challenges and the potential impact your solution could have on the target audience. You could consider issues that are particularly evident in your city or nation, which could include waste reduction, eco-friendly shopping, transportation, education, and more. Channel your creative thinking to envision how your idea can effectively tackle these sustainability challenges and contribute to a brighter, greener future.

Contact Us & Support Channels

Make sure to check out the following tools provided by our sponsors (some of which have free subscriptions for all Hack4Earth participants!):

  • echo3D
  • Wolfram
  • Balsamiq
  • Wolfram
  • Axure