Crayon Box Labs is a group of students from around the Bay Area in California. We have two apps on the market, and we’ve won Best in State for the 2012 Verizon Innovative App Challenge. Our main interest is making apps and games, and our dream is to become a videogame company.
We want to attend a 48 hour long programming competition (called a ‘hackathon’) at Princeton University in New Jersey. Attending this competition will be pivotal moment in our little company, and it’ll bring us closer to making awesome games for the world to enjoy! Our overall goal is $4,000 to cover the travel expenses for the entire group, as well as to buy equipment (such as microcontrollers and breakout boards) for use during the competition as well as future app development.
Your help will be a huge role in our journey. Ready to help an aspiring, entrepreneurial group of young tech-savvy students reach their dreams? To show our gratitude, we have an array of perks and gifts to offer back to all those who support us.
Who we are: Crayon Box Labs
We are Crayon Box Labs, a group of graphic artists, programmers, musicians and writers dedicated to creating novel and entertaining apps. We’re a family comprised of high school students with a few of college freshmen.
I am the President and one of the original founders of this humble organization. My name is Ahsan Zahid. I’ve had a deep connection and love for computers since I was little. I started programming at 11, and I got my first professional Cisco Certification at age 13, another at 14, and a third at 17.
Here’s an article that talks a little bit more about who I am and my aspirations as a leader and techie:
Our company’s humble origins started with me and two friends just hanging out in the biology classroom of our high school. Our little group soon grew and we all began to realize that we wanted to turn our thoughts and ideas into reality.We also realized our diverse and individual backgrounds had all the makings of a potential start-up. Soon little pet projects turned into full-fledged apps and here we are now.
What we do: Make games and apps!
We call ourselves Crayon Box Labs! Our team as of now is comprised of 12 people, each handling multiple roles, covering programming, graphics, music, storywriting, character design, level design, voiceovers, public relations, and marketing.
Together, we launched our first two apps to the Google Play Store and the SlideMe Market:
`They have, collectively across markets, over 4,000 downloads. In 2012, we entered the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, a mobile application design competition, and won Best in State in California for our concept of a school navigation app.
Our dream is to someday start an actual video game company, working together to make awesome games for a variety of platforms. To get there though, we’re trying to gain experience by working on projects and actually making things!
What we need: YOUR support at HackPrinceton
‘Hackathons’, a combination of ‘hack’ and ‘marathon’, is exactly what it sounds like: a hacking marathon! This is where teams of coders, designers, artists, and engineers come together and within a specific time limit, they work on creating a new app, a new game, a new software… The possibilities are endless! At the end of the designing and hacking frenzy, each team demos its project, and prizes are awarded.
One such renowned competition is HackPrinceton, which will take place at Princeton University, on the weekend of November 8.
We have the determination and the drive to get there but unfortunately, we lack the funds. For us to be able to get there and represent the good Bay Area name in tech development, we need more help. We’re all students, and we need you to help us in regards to travel expenses and equipment expenses. Our overall goal is $4,000 to cover the flight tickets from California to New Jersey as well as some software and hardware we need for the competition.