Hack A Tech (Aug. 2018)

Theme: Big Data and Why It Matters

Time: 2:30PM-4:30PM, 8/25/2018

Location:  6678 Owens Dr., Pleasanton

Hack-A-Tech Leader: Anson

Guest Speaker: Mr Patrick Yang

Mr. Patrick Yang is a graduate from UC Berkeley EECS with GPA 4.0. He achieved both BS and MS EECS degrees in just four years. He's currently working at a start-up company designing and building computer systems for performing statistical analyses on big data. 


Mr. Yang introduce the big data concept and how computers handle terabyte-scale datasets. He also discussed the  applications and challenges, and how the success of such systems can impact daily life. Students broke into groups to discuss how big data can benefit real life scenarios. They then presented their ideas, which included improving emergency response and medical diagnose, and even tracking criminals.

Hack A Tech July Special Event

We had the great opportunity to play the "Quest for the Crown" escape room at Exit2Escape. Total of 11 students joined this event. We started off strong, solving puzzles relatively quickly. Working together and parallelizing our work on a variety of different fronts allowed us to solve multiple puzzles at the same time. And we even managed to circumvent two puzzles by applying some smart moves to a physical puzzle. In the end, we finally cracked all the clues and made it out before time was up. A great experience and lesson in teamwork. 

Hack A Tech (June 2018)

Theme: Learn to Play Chess

Time:  3:00pm - 5:00 pm, 6/23/2018

Location:  6691 Owens Drive, Pleasanton

Hack-A-Tech Leader: Will

Guest Speaker: Ms. Kiki Chen

Ms. Kiki Chen is World Chess Federation FIDE Trainer Level professional coach and USCF Advanced  Level coach. She was the captain of China national youth team.

In  over 10 years, coach Chen has trained 1000+ youth chess players  in US and China. Her students have won numerous prizes in national and international tournaments, including national champions. Dozens of students rank top 100 of US chess player lists. Over a dozen students are qualified for US national team.


Chess is not only about logical thinking. It's also a good way to make friends. The students enjoyed an awesome introduction to  Chess the beautiful board game from master coach Kiki. They learned the history of chess and the basic chess rules. They also got to learn new tactics and each played a game with coach Kiki to practice. Some of these young students could be a chess master someday!

Hack A Tech (May. 2018)

Theme: What's Possible with A.I.

Time:  2:00pm - 4:00pm, 05/12/2018

Location:  2278 Camino Ramon, San Ramon

Hack-A-Tech Leader: Anson

Guest Speaker: Mr. Duc Haba

Mr. Duc Haba is an Enterprise Mobility Solution Architect at Cognizant Technology Inc. Previously, he served as the founder and CEO of Swiftbot Inc., CTO at RRKidz, CTO at Motally (acquired by Nokia in 2010), founder and CTO of GreenTomato Software, and Principal at Viant (a.k.a. SVIP, IPOed in 2000). His career began at Xerox PARC. He has 6 patents filed under his name.


After Mr Haba's introduction, students broke into groups to brainstorm on projects that could use A.I. to change lives. Then they proceeded to analyze the benefits and drawbacks of such ideas. Some of the ideas were very good. For example, one group wants to use A.I. for robot surgery. Another group wants to auto-detect hate speeches on social media.

San Ramon Hackathon 2018 Was A Huge Success!

in cooperation with the City of San Ramon


Hack A Tech (Mar. 2018)

Theme: Introduction to Java

Time:  2:00pm - 4:00pm, 03/17/2018

Location:  6691 Owens Dr., Pleasanton

Hack-A-Tech Leader: Gordon

Guest Speaker: Mr. Ye

Mr. Ye is seasoned software engineer with a Master degree in Computer Science. He has over 10 years experience using Java in the telecommunication and banking industry. He's currently working at AT&T. 


Java is the most popular language used in the computer science field. Mr. Ye gave a lecture on the language's history and basic structure, then proceed to let students try out on their computers and developer their first Java program.

Hack A Tech (Feb. 2018)

Theme: Artificial Intelligence and You

Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm, 02/17/2018

Location: 6691 Owens Dr., Pleasanton

Hack A Tech Leader: Anson Hu & Edwin Mui

Guest Speaker: Mr. Man Chan

Mr. Man Chan, founder and CTO of WeR.AI. Mr. Chan is the holder of multiple US Tech Patents.  His expertise is leading data science teams (Oracle Data Cloud, Netflix, Yahoo, Everstring,  Apttus) into enterprises utilizing big data, advanced analytics and artificial intelligence.  Mr. Chan has spearheaded innovations and achieved breakthroughs in machine learning solutions and products at Internet scale as a Senior Data Scientist.


 20 Students attended "Hack A Tech - Artificial Intelligence and You" held in ShengMeng Education Center in Pleasanton, CA. Featured speaker Mr. Man Chan introduce student what is the Artificial Intelligence. Mr. Chan use question and answer game to illustrate how AI to visualize the things that is invisible.

Hack A Tech (Jan. 2018)

Theme: Introduction to JavaScript

Time:   3:30pm - 5:00pm, 01/28/2018

Location:  Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave, Pleasanton

Hack-A-Tech Leader: Edwin Mui

Guest Speaker: Mr. Karl Ecker

Mr. Karl Ecker, founder of Tri-Valley Coders, a coding school for those wanting to learn the skills necessary to be software professionals, has been making software since the early 1990s. Over the past two-and-a-half decades he has made software for major financial institutions and held most positions in the software development lifecycle including software developer, development manager, and product manager.


Sixteen students joined this month's event to learn about JavaScript and Web Application from one of the experts! After a brief lecture, students practiced ways to program in JavaScript using one of the new online coding sites.