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The Paul Allen Computing Challenge (PACC) is an annual challenge for high school students.  Learn real-world skills while solving real-world problems!

This year, participants will examine Twitter data related to Cyclone Phailin, which hit India in mid-October 2013. Washington State high school students are eligible for the 2013-2014 PACC and are encouraged to participate in teams of 3.

How to participate

  • Form a team of 3 students and register using the button above (no programming background needed!)
  • Read the rules and instructions packet
  • Get your school's computer science teacher to help out
  • Get permission from your school to put up this poster to advertise the challenge
  • Download the data using the button above
  • Use a data analysis tool of your choice including Excel to complete the Part 1 challenges
  • Have fun!

Great prizes!

Students who complete the PACC will receive:
  • an Amazon Kindle pre-loaded with Paul Allen’s Memoir Idea Man: A Memoir by the Co-founder of Microsoft
  • a PACC medal
  • a special edition PACC hoodie
  • a Living Computer Museum T-shirt


  • 12/14: Data released 
  • 3/28: Submission deadline for part 1
  • 4/26: Part 2 dataset released to qualifying teams
  • 6/7: Poster session and awards ceremony at Living Computer Museum

Questions?  E-mail Justin Spielmann, Living Computer Museum Education Coordinator at justinS@

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