High School Due Dates


General Information

Requirement For Each Group.

  • A team comprised of 3-6 members registered by the HyperStream Teacher Champion/Advisor in 9th-12th grade
  • Medical Form (All students under the age of 18 as of April 30th)
  • Photo Release Form (All students under the age of 18 as of April 30th)
  • Community Service
  • Team Competition Summaries

Optional participation

  • Best Team Name
  • Best Team Logo

IT Olympic competition components

Each venue will have three components that the teams will be judged on as described in the pages that follow. The three components are:

  • Community Service
  • Primary Competition
  • Real-time Competition

The goals of the competition are to promote interest and exploration of information technology through a fun, unrestricted learning environment that encourages collaboration and experiential learning.

Primary Competition

The primary competition is designed to show the technical abilities of the team. The project that the team has worked on and brought to the competition is what will comprise this portion of the score. Each venue will have different scoring methods and judging criteria which are generally enumerated later in this document.

Real-time Competition

During the IT-Olympics, teams will be asked to solve problems in real-time based on the venue. Because these are real-time problems, the actual challenges and details are not known ahead of time. The problems and the judging criteria are given out during the course of the two-day competition.

Please Make Special Note: Advisors, Mentors, chaperones and visitors will be allowed to watch the competition from the patron seats in Hilton Coliseum during IT-Olympics (only judges and students are allowed in the venue areas and on the floor). The only exception to this is on Friday for the Cyber Defense teams – teachers/mentors can be on the floor on Friday in the cyber venue area only to assist with their cyber teams.

Please be respectful; this is a student event. For all teams to have the same advantage, communications with your teams is not allowed unless cleared by IT-O director or venue director. Any such help or hints will result in a significant point deduction and potentially a disqualification from the competition. This applies to all venues.

High School Community Service Competition

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In order to compete in the IT-Olympics, each Club is required to perform a community service project. The community service project must be completed prior to March 31st. We will not accept a project that is in working progress past March 31st.

Community Service Project requirements:

  • Create a 5 to 7 slide Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Create a 3 minute video that details the project.

The PowerPoint and video are two different mediums to express the impact of your community service project in different ways. Be sure that the PowerPoint and video work hand-in-hand to enhance each other.

The judging of the community service project will be divided into two rounds. The first round will be based on the video presentation and Microsoft Power Point each school must upload by March 31st. Judges will select the top 5 projects from all submissions. The top 5 community service projects will be notified that they are in the second round and will present their project at IT-Olympics during the competition.

The community service project can be targeted at any age group and should be focused on some aspect of technology.  A school that is participating in multiple venues can perform one community service project that will count for each venue.

Use this link to upload your video and slides: Submission Link

Community service submission MUST be uploaded by March 31st.  ALL uploaded slide shows will be shown on the overhead projection system in Hilton, the slide show can only be 5-7 slides in length. Please use the PowerPoint template for your slide presentation. The PowerPoint template can be found here: bit.ly/ITOlympicsCommServiceTemp

Examples of community service projects include:

  • Holding an IT security awareness class for the community
  • Arranging for a one-day recycling drop off point for used computers and/or other electronics
  • Setup a free computer check-up day where Club members check computers for spyware and do minor repairs to machines for the community
  • Arrange with the school IT support staff to help with computer lab maintenance
  • Volunteer to support computers and/or network for the local library

Five Finalist:

The final presentation will be a presentation of the submitted slide show (no changes allowed).  The judges will be able to ask detailed questions about the community service project and its goals to the students presenting.  The top five community service projects will be announced in mid-April, at this time they will be contacted with further instructions and schedule their presentation during IT-Olympics.


25% project concept (IT relevance)
25% creativity in delivering project content
25% slide show and oral presentation
25% project feedback/improvement ideas

*Each school is responsible to do background checks on anyone 18 or older that will be attending IT-Olympics associated with their students/teams.