The following are frequently asked questions. Feel free to contact kayla.wong@ja.org if your question is not listed below.

I'm a middle schooler, can I attend?

Crack the Code is a series of free virtual coding workshops for middle school students emphasizing hands-on experience and mentorship. Learn more about our event here: https://www.crackthecodeja.com/

What is Junior Achievement?

Junior Achievement is a non-profit organization geared towards preparing young people in grades K-12 to succeed in a global economy through real world relationships with business, government, and education partners to help them develop the employability and financial literacy skills needed to succeed in the 21st century. Our innovative hands-on curriculum – provided at no cost to schools, students, or their families – emphasizes real world learning experiences and motivates youth to achieve by connecting them with corporate and community role models committed to investing in their future.​

What is HackJA?

​HackJA is a 24-hour student hackathon planned by New Jersey high school students. In a hackathon, students are assigned tasks and challenges that are related to computer science and information technology. Students also get to participate in workshops and meet with mentors from various companies. It is a valuable experience for all students, regardless of whether they have no coding experience or are a coding master.

How many competitions can I compete in at once?

You can compete in as many challenges as your group wants. However, a different project must be submitted for each challenge. You cannot submit the same project to two different challenges. 

What are the prizes?

Because of Covid, our prizes for our competitions will be virtual gift cards for Amazon and other retailers.

Do I have to compete with a team?

No, you are welcome to join as a single participant as well!

Where do I go to access the event?

The event will be hosted over Slack and Zoom. The Slack link will be emailed to you after you register for the event. The Slack will be used to post the details of both the mini and main challenges, as well as the Zoom link to workshops.

Do I have to use Slack to communicate with my teammates?

The Slack should be used to ask any questions you have about the event during the 24 hours, and you are free to communicate with other participants of the event using the Slack. 

What if I don't know how to code?

Not a problem! You can always start and gaining experience is the best way to do it! It’s entirely irrelevant what your experience is going into a hackathon, it’s more about your interest in technology. HackJA is designed specifically to engage students in the technology field in the most fun and welcoming way possible. 

How will I be judged?

The judging panel for the four main challenges will contain a panel of professional judges that will evaluate your projects based on creativity, organization, and efficiency, and prizes will then be handed out accordingly. The mini challenges will most likely be judged by Student Leadership Committee members and will be evaluated based on the mini challenge you have entered.