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About QuestHacks

QuestHacks is a 1-day entrepreneurship-themed hackathon event hosted at Valley Christian High School.

Our team consists of high school students who are both passionate about coding and entrepreneurship. We want to share our experiences and to help foster the connections between high school coders in the Bay Area at QuestHacks.

Our mission is to provide aspiring coders and entrepreneurs with better opportunities, so they can take their project to the next level. We also want to provide the necessary skills in entrepreneurship and coding to succeed and thrive in their futures.

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We are currently looking for potential sponsors. If you are looking to sponsor us, please scroll down the contact section.

Link to Sponsorship Plan




What is a Hackathon?

Schedule Detail

QuestHacks includes workshops, speaker events, and judging in a 12 hour event. We also provide 3 meals for all hackathon participants.

  • 8.00 AM

    Doors Open

  • 8.30 - 9.00 AM

    Opening Ceremony & Palo Alto Networks Keynote Speaker

    Breakfast
  • 9.00 AM

    Coding Begins

    Start to build projects
  • 9.30 - 10.30 AM

    Workshop 1: Programming Fundamentals

    Baywei Chang
  • 12.00 - 1.00 PM

    Lunch

  • 1.00 - 2.00 PM

    Workshop 2: Tech Internship & Career

    Make School
  • 3.00 - 3.30 PM

    Speaker Series: Subbu Subramanian

    Engineering Director at Facebook
  • 3.40 - 4.10 PM

    Speaker Series: Make School

  • 5.00 - 5.30 PM

    Speaker Series: Ron Dodge

    Senior Director of Security Engineering at Palo Alto Networks
  • 6.00 - 7.00 PM

    Dinner

  • 6.30 - 7.30 PM

    Workshop 3: GTM Strategy & Effective Presentations

    Markus Okano
  • 9.00 PM

    Coding Concludes

  • 9.00 - 11.00 PM

    Presenting & Judging

  • 11.00 - 11.30 PM

    Prize Ceremony

  • 9.00 AM

    Breakfast

  • event speaker

    10.00 AM

    Advanced SVG Animations

    By Karl Groves
  • event speaker

    11.00 AM

    Presenting Work with Confidence

    By Sarah Dransner
  • event speaker

    12.00 AM

    Keynote on UX & UI Design

    By Ned Stark
  • 1.00 PM

    The End

  • 9.00 AM

    Breakfast

  • event speaker

    10.00 AM

    Advanced SVG Animations

    By Karl Groves
  • event speaker

    11.00 AM

    Presenting Work with Confidence

    By Sarah Dransner
  • event speaker

    12.00 AM

    Keynote on UX & UI Design

    By Ned Stark
  • 1.00 PM

    The End

Our Speakers


Prajakta Jagdale

Senior Manager, Red Team @ Palo Alto Networks

Prajakta (PJ) Jagdale manages the Red Team and Application Penetration Testing programs at Palo Alto Networks. She leads a team of engineers responsible for simulating threat actor behavior against the company’s infrastructure to ensure security readiness and incident response efficacy. In addition to red teaming, her 12-year long career in information security has given Prajakta the opportunity to tackle challenges in the fields of application and software security research as well as product security and security architecture.



Ron Dodge

Senior Director, Information Security Engineering @ Palo Alto Networks

Ronald Dodge is currently the Senior Director for Information Security Engineering at Palo Alto Networks. In this role, Ron is responsible for building and securing a global security information infrastructure. Ron has a diverse background spanning over 20 years including IT leadership in government, academia, and industry; leading innovation in IT infrastructure/services, security education, and cyber research. Ron has served in leadership positions in many international consortiums including the Institute for Infrastructure Protection (I3P), the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE), the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), the IEEE/ACM 2013 Computing Curriculum working group, and the Honeynet Project. Ron was an early thought leader in cyber security exercises and in the delivery of security education using virtualization. Ron served over 28 years in the US Army with military assignments ranging from combat duties in an attack helicopter squadron to the CIO for the United States Military Academy, West Point. Ron received his Ph.D. from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia in Computer Science.



Markus Okano

Public Cloud Engagement Representative, Google Cloud @ Palo Alto Networks

Markus Okano helps develop and execute the go-to-market strategy with Google Cloud at Palo Alto Networks. He works with his team to create multiple sales channels and drive awareness within the cybersecurity industry to increase joint revenue between both Google Cloud and Palo Alto Networks sellers. In addition to influencing this strategic relationship, Markus has worked with various start-up companies in the past supporting the overall execution of their sales strategy, funding efforts, and marketing approach.


Our Team

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Tevin Wang

Director

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Bharat Kathi

Assistant Director

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Spencer He

Operations & Logistics

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Cathy Chang

Cathy Chang

Sponsorships & PR

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Brad Zeng

Brad Zeng

Technology

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Leon Yee

Marketing

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Alex Gu

Alex Gu

Finance

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Lillian Hao

Lillian Hao

Assistant Marketing

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Jennifer Song

Assistant Technology

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Yitian Li

Assistant Operations & Logistics

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Jonathan Xia

Assistant Sponsorships & PR

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Lucy Qian

Assistant Finance

VENUE

Conservatory Hall

100 Skyway Dr, San Jose CA 95111

Conservatory Hall in Valley Christian High School. Used for school events, concerts, and much more.

Our Goals

INTERACT

  • Promote the interaction between Valley Christian and other Bay area HS students.
  • Discover skillful coders in the Bay Area.
  • Provide opportunities for relationships between companies and talented students.

INCUBATE

  • Take participants' projects to the next level.
  • Provide best projects with resources to continue development.
  • Allow gifted participants to have access to mentors/guidance for their projects.

Register for QuestHacks

QuestHacks is currently open to registration. QuestHacks is completely free. We are currently only accepting High School students in the Bay Area. If you match this criteria, you are able to participate in QuestHacks.

FAQ

Many people have questions about QuestHacks. Here are those answers.

QuestHacks is a completely free high school hackathon supporting 100 participants hosted at Valley Christian High School. We hope to help particpants practice and develop entrepreneurship and programming skills at our event.
No, this is our first year of running a hackathon at Valley Christian High School. This small, 1 day 100 participant event will be just the beginning. We want to expand into more participants and a longer event if this event goes well.
We will be providing 3 meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We will also hand out swag; such as t-shirts, stickers, or water bottles. Laptops will not be provided, so make sure to bring your own.
Prizes for winners:
  • The Wolfram Award: a year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro
  • Google Cloud Credits
  • Qwiklabs Tokens
  • $200 in credits to Bugsee services
  • 4 months of CloudSploit Premium Service
  • Pro license for OmniGraffle
  • $25 AOPS Gift Certificate
  • Digitial Ocean Credits
  • Sketch License
  • Participant Gifts:
  • QuestHacks water bottle, t-shirt, stickers, pens, and drawstring bags
  • 12 months of credits for Sashido
  • Wolfram|One for 30 days
  • 4 months of CloudSploit Basic service($8 per coupon)
  • 90 day extended trial for Balsamiq Cloud
  • Desmos swag
  • Sticker Giant Stickers
  • Sketch swag
  • Digital Ocean Stickers
  • Banza coupons
  • Sketch 30-day free trial
  • Raffles for attending speaker events and workshops:
  • 2 coupons of 4 months of CloudSploit Plus service
  • 3 Sketch licenses
  • 2 Magoosh subscriptions
  • 3 free Corsair keyboards
  • 3 free Corsair mice
  • Unlike other events, we want to foster the growth of your ideas and to turn your ideas into reality. QuestHacks is an event of people who want to come together to solve a problem. We hope to promote entrepreneurial skills like pitching to judges and coming up with ways to solve problems.

    Contact Us

    If you have any inquiries, you can contact us here, or by email at info@questhacks.org