Calling all programmers, designers, makers and leaders! TeenHacks LI is Long Island’s premier 24-hour high school hackathon, by students, for students. Take part in group collaboration, interesting workshops, sweet prizes, and more. Get ready to meet new people and have an amazing time. Join us as we build the future!
Founded by Jeffrey Yu and Wesley Pergament, we bring together the brightest students across the tri-state area to engage in “collaborative coding.” We hope to build a hacker community here on Long Island, with an emphasis placed on innovation and entrepreneurship.
It's a place where programmers, engineers, designers, and entrepreneurs come together to build an awesome project in 24-hours. We provide the venue and food, you bring the creativity. Get ready to learn, build something cool, and meet new people. Check out this article by Dave Fontenot to learn more! What is a Hackathon?
Do not worry. TeenHacks LI encourages students of all levels to come! In addition, we will have workshops throughout the hackathon as well as mentors available to answer any of your questions.
All high school students are welcome to attend. If you are older or younger and still want to participate as a hacker, shoot us an email. If you're older, we welcome you to sign-up as a mentor!
TeenHacks LI is completely free, thanks to our generous sponsors! This will include food, swag, and awesome prizes. If you’re looking for travel reimbursement for TeenHacks LI, apply to Execute Big’s Travel Grant program - especially useful for our folks from around the nation who’d need trains/busses/flights to get here! We want to make it as accessible as possible for you to get here!
In the beginning, we’ll have a team formation session to make sure you’re not alone. You can have teams as large or small as you want, but only teams of 2-4 will be eligible for prizes.
Participant Application Deadline - The sooner you apply, the better chance you have of getting accepted. If you have questions regarding the application or deadlines, please email [email protected]
Early: September 14th
Regular: September 29th
We welcome undergrads, gradates, and tech professionals to attend as mentors! We’re looking for engineers, programmers, designers, and more to help guide our participants through their projects. A wide base knowledge is appreciated, but not required. Food will be provided during the event and you can stay for as long as you want. However, we do have limited space so please fill out this short application form.
Are you a high school student looking to get more involved with TeenHacks LI? Apply to join our Campus Ambassador program! As a campus ambassador, you will become a spokesperson for TeenHacks LI at your school and community. You help raise brand awareness, solicit applicants, and encourage computer science education. In return, you will receive special swag at the event and access to exclusive activities.
If you're interested in partnering with us, send our sponsorship team an email at [email protected].
Esandi Perera, Co-Executive
Esandi Perera is a passionate STEM student and current sophomore at Waldorf of Garden City. She loves learning new programming languages and creating projects regarding genetic research. She is currently doing research at the American Museum of Natural History on molecular genetics and its intersection with data analysis. When she first got involved with TeenHacks LI she enjoyed the friendly coder environment and collaborating with new people on different projects. As executive director she hopes to give the THLI participants an amazing hacker experience and stimulate conversation within the tech community. To add on, she wants to encourage girls to participate in computer science and STEAM while creating an empowering environment. She also has a strong love of music and plays multiple instruments. These passions drove her to further become involved in the team and now hopes to open doors to unprivileged students through STEM and music. In her free time she enjoys educating herself with literature such as Women, Race, & Class by Angela Y. Davis, Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet by Mark Lynas, War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, and more. Esandi also loves watching Criminal Minds and spending time with her family and friends.EsyPerera
Michael Batavia, Co-Executive
Michael is currently a senior at the Bronx High School of Science and is dedicated to lead and grow TeenHacks LI into the most well-known hackathon in the tri-state area. While leading the committees of the hackathon, he tinkers with the applications of artificial intelligence in various medical fields and makes practical apps to publish for the App Store. Consequently, he is interested in making his own start-up in the near future in order to intersect the roles of app development, artificial intelligence and biochemistry to automate the less efficient tasks and make them more available to help patients nationwide. In order to practice future leadership, he is currently the editor-in-chief of Reactions, Bronx Science’s physical science publication and the president of the school’s unique machine learning club. When he is not working, he competitively runs, hikes with his family, travels the East Coast and self-studies Russian.michaelbatavia
Alice Liu, Director of Marketing and Graphics
Alice is a senior at Great Neck North High School. Whether it's painting with acrylics or coding creatively, she loves making art. She is also interested in topics such as cybersecurity and machine learning. In the future, she wants to explore the intersection of art and computer science. When she isn't working, she can be found playing video games, browsing TikToks, or texting people. She hopes that through TeenHacks LI, more students will be able to develop their passions and create something meaningful. As the Director of Marketing, Alice seeks to broaden the reach of TeenHacks LI and continue to expand its mission.aliceliu
Alice Chen, Director
Alice is currently a senior at Jericho High School. From self-studying programming languages since middle school and applying these skills in research, to having more unconventional fun with science in SciOly and at hackathons, Alice has indulged in STEM for as long as she can remember. In her free time, she is usually found reading, napping, or taking her dog on a bike ride. As Director of Finance, Alice hopes to expand TeenHacks LI’s ability to provide fun learning resources and experiences to other high schoolers from across the northeast.Alice Chen
Allison He, Director of
Allison is a senior at Bronx Science of High School and is passionate about STEM. Both in and out of school, she is eager to explore coding and learn technical skills. Being on an all-girls robotics team (FeMaidens) led her to attend TeenHacks LI and continue to learn coding through Girls Who Code. Her focus is on enpowering young women to delve into the world of programming and encouraging more female participants to join. She hopes to create a better experience for those who attend TeenHacks LI and implement new systems to ensure the event runs smoothly. In her free time, she likes to play badminton, read the news, and continue to learn coding.
Yi Ling Wu, Co-Director of
Yi Ling is a senior at Stuyvesant High School. After her first Intro to CS class, she found herself wanting to learn more about programming and explore the different applications of CS. Since then, she’s fallen in love with this community of makers. She has met many inspiring females in her school’s Girls Who Code club who actively encouraged her to pursue her interest in CS and now she wants to create an environment where others can find their place within tech as well. When she’s not working, you can usually catch her playing handball or exploring different restaurants. As a Public Relations Director, she wants to spread the word about TeenHacksLI so other students can learn from mentors and have an amazing experience.yilingwu
David Wang, Co-Director of
David Wang is a junior at Great Neck South High School who has a passion for coding and writing. As a Press and Media Relations Coordinator, he hopes to bring together the best of both worlds. An attendee of TeenHacks’ Fall 2019 hackathon, he is excited to be a part of the organization.sentsailing
Rachel Woo, Co-Director of
My name is Rachel Woo and I am currently a freshman at Great Neck South High School. I am very passionate about computer sciences as well as STEM. During my free time, I like to work on different coding projects, play field hockey and research more about new technological developments. Attending the past two hackathons has inspired me to spread the CS community and influence more people to become involved with new innovations that can impact our futures. I hope to encourage more students in all different grades to immerse themselves with STEM activities and, as a director, enhance the hackathon experience.Rachel Woo
Isabella Panag, Co-Director of
Isabella is a sophomore at Mount Sinai High School. She has been organizing for TeenHacksLI since their Fall 2019 event. After the campus ambassador program expanded, she was promoted to Campus Ambassador Director. Isabella now works with a large team of campus ambassadors that help TeenHacksLI grow even further. Their collaborative work strengthens the core of TeenHacksLI.Isabella Panag
Sanaalee Troupe, Director of Programming
Sanaalee Troupe is a junior at the Waldorf School of Garden City, who’s aim is to provide underrepresented and underprivileged students with the platform to amplify their voices within the STEAM and environment field through education and awareness. Sanaalee currently develops research reports on the intersections of computer science and environmental science and works on analyzing how artificial intelligence can dismantle climate gentrification. She also tutors younger students about environmental science and scratch. Outside of these fields, Sanaalee plays competitive golf, enjoys hiking with her family, reading russian literature, speaking with her COI family, exploring NYC, and having picnics on the beach with friends.sanaaleetroupe