Busi Hacks

A Hackathon connecting passions for technology and business.
Friday, August 20 at 7 pm PST - Sunday August 22 till 12 pm PST

What is Busi Hacks?

BusiHacks is a two day hackathon that aims to inspire students in high school and college to seek careers and learn about the intersection of business and technology. Join us for a fun weekend of networking, workshops, and prototyping! Enhance your knowledge in business AND tech at the same time.

The Team

Advithi Kethidi Co-Executive Director

Jaya Ravi Co-Executive Director

Ella Cereno Financial Director

Anumita Basani Event Director

Soham Ahbajay Event Director

Melissa Chan Marketing Director

Anagha Dogiparthi Webmaster

Simi Patel Social Media Manager


All times are in PST

Friday, August 20

7:00 PM Opening Ceremony
7:15 PM Keynote Speaker
8:00 PM Networking Session/Team Formation
8:30 PM Build Your Own App Workshop
9:30 PM Coding in Python for Beginners Workshop Learn how to code in Python through this introductory workshop. Learn How to Code In This Introductory Workshop

Saturday, August 21

7:00 AM Build a Cloud-Connected AR/VR App in 15 minutes or less Workshop The workshop will show how to quickly create AR/VR apps with no technical skills or coding required and scale existing apps by connecting them to the cloud. Workshop participants will learn how to create real-time cloud-connected augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) apps using the echoAR platform. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop and a smartphone, or just follow along the live demonstration. Platforms for experimentation include: Google ARCore, WebXR, Vuforia, Unity-based apps, and more.
9:00 AM Entrepreneurship Workshop This will be focused on launching a business and some helpful tips about that process that will lead to success.
11:30 AM Coding in HTML/CSS Workshop Learn how to build a website by coding in HTML/CSS through an introductory workshop on how to code using HTML/CSS.
12:45 PM Financial Literacy Workshop This workshop will cover many important skills such as budgeting, investing, etc. which are useful in the business world.
3:00 PM Pitch Competition
5:00 PM Finding CS Internships Workshop Since internships provide valuable hands-on experience for both high school and college students, this will be an informational workshop where people will be able to learn about what kind of expertise they need, how to apply, and how to be prepared.
7:00 PM Business Networking Workshop Networking is highly important in the business world because it allows you access to opportunities you might not be able to find on your own. It also has the potential to provide you with insight into different fields, information on what potential customers look for, and advice on how you can improve professionally.

Sunday, August 22

9:00 AM Project Submission
9:20 AM Judging Period Begins
9:30 AM Best Joke Competition
11:30 AM Closing Ceremony Begins
11:45 AM Keynote Speech
12:05 PM Closing/Award Announcements



Galicia Gordon

Galicia Gordon is the Founder of Leading Learners, a global platform with a mission of supporting students through free and accessible resources. Leading Learners has reached students from all corners of the world, including students from Harvard, Columbia, McGill, Oxford, among several top-tier institutes. She started Leading Learners as a student in high school and has since reached 100,000 students globally. Ask Galicia about tips for starting a global platform, critical design features, UI/UX, student career goals, and overall making more meaningful design and work decisions.

Ajay Vijayanand

Ajay spends most of his time Editing Photos in Affinity Photo, Videos in Filmora and DaVinci Resolve, coding in Python, Java, and making 3D models in Blender. He does various activities from watching movies to listening to Music to Playing Cricket to watching Formula 1 to solving Mysteries (in movies, not actual life!) and Logic. He focuses more on Python Basics which may help him in the near future while making applications, Machine Learning Models, and even websites.

Faiq Ahmad

Faiq is a university student who has been helping young people with all things money since early high school, and has been managing the @mon.easy platform for well over 1 year. He has created and put on multiple webinars that have helped dozens of young people improve their relationships with money overnight. Faiq has run a successful, completely free consultancy service for the past year that has helped people in all different stages of their financial literacy journey. Whether it's budgeting, saving, spending, taxes, debt and interest, investing, and any other area, Faiq is dedicated to providing you answers or using his network to refer you to people who can. The differentiating factor between Faiq's content and most other people in the financial literacy and education space is his emphasis on simplicity and taking action. Money can seem intimidating and confusing, but he knows how to make it easy (that's why he settled on the name @mon.easy), and wants you to apply what you learn as soon as you learn it because real learning occurs by taking action.

Alexandria Balde

Alexandria is a Tech Lead at Qoom and a junior in high school. She has done competitive robotics for over 7 years and was an FTC World Championship competitor with her group. She heads her school's science club covering physics and computer science and presents technical and soft skills workshops around the world. She has been with Qoom for over 2 years, and she is currently sharing her passion for coding!

Alon Grishpoon

Alon Grinshpoon is the CEO and founder of echoAR (www.echoAR.xyz), a cloud platform for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) that provides tools and network infrastructure to help developers & companies quickly build and deploy AR/VR apps and content. Alon received his MSc in computer science from Columbia University specializing in computer graphics, virtual and augmented reality, and human-computer interaction. Alon received his BSc in computer science and electrical engineering from Tel Aviv University specializing in software engineering, computer networks and cyber security. Alon is a former Mellanox engineer, graduate researcher at the Computer Graphics and User Interfaces Laboratory of Columbia University, and research and teaching assistant in the fields of computer networks and distributed cloud networks. Alon is a Techstars alum, NYC Media Lab alum, a Startup Leadership Program (SLP) fellow, and member of the Virtual World Society. Alon is a speaker on emerging technologies and has given talks at major AR/VR tech conferences in the US and Israel.

Kate Allsebrook

Kate is originally from the Toronto area and is going into her third year of Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics at Carleton University in Ottawa. She recently completed a Software Engineering Internship on the Xbox Product Services team at Microsoft. In her free time, she enjoys baking, embroidery, and watching Netflix.

Stacey/Marianna Speranza

Stacey and Marianna Speranza are the co-founders of The Business Casual Podcast. A podcast aimed at inspiring the next generation of leaders through short interviews with female trailblazers. Stacey is in the Rotman Commerce Program at the University of Toronto while Marianna is a senior at The Country Day School with aspirations to study computer science.


Smaranjit Ghose

Smaranjit is an incoming MS Data Science grad at Columbia University. He has been working as an independent Computer Vision researcher and freelancer for the last 4 years. Smaranjit has served as mentor/judge at over 35 hackathons and project admin for 18 open-source programs impacting around 4000 students across the globe in the process.

Ali Ragimov

Ali is a developer with over eight years of experience in web. Currently, Ali works in the JavaScript ecosystem and is a big adept at TypeScript.

Alexander Kozhenkov

Alexander is the technical lead at GridGain. Currently developing a monitoring and management system for the distributed database Apache Ignite.


What is a Hackathon?

A hackathon is an event that typically ranges around 24-48 hours for students to collaborate on creating a solution (could be an app, game, or website!) and showing a demo for the chance to win prizes!

Is experience required?

No experience is required at all! BusiHacks is completely beginner friendly! We will have workshops on different computer science topics and give you ALL the knowledge you need so you can show off your amazing coding skills for your app!

Do I need to have a team?

You can either choose to fly solo or can get in a team of up to 5 members. If you don't have a team but would like to be in one, we will have a team formation session during our Networking session for you to find the team of your dreams!

Who can participate?

Anyone that is a student in highschool or college can participate. (Incoming freshmen for either highschool or college count too!)

What do I need in order to prepare for the hackathon?

A laptop or computer of some kind, good internet service, and a fluffy blanket (optional) to keep you cozy while you code or watch our amazing workshops.

Where can I contact?

You can contact us here: info@busihacks.com

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