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What is a Hackathon?
An opportunity for students from various backgrounds to collaborate and utilize technology in proposing solutions to real world problems. The creations can range mobile apps to games and even hardware based innovations.
How it works: Start by identifying a global issue. Then formulate an idea that could be the solution. Test and develop your idea using a variety of skills and knowledge on your team. End result: pitch your idea and convince the judges that it will work.
Donation: This event will be raising money for Direct Relief, specifically their Covid-19 response. Direct Relief's Covid response has focused on providing critical medical resources to hard hit communities around the world, including vaccines, masks, and medications, as well as providing information and analysis to better aid policy decisions.
Beginner Friendly: No prior experience is necessary to attend and compete. Speakers and workshops from organizations that could be potentially useful to participants will be featured throughout a full day.
Our Theme: After the Pandemic
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a massive impact on the world, putting millions at risk of unemployment, poverty, and taking the lives of many. Lengthy quarantines have presented novel challenges in all facets of life: our economy, mental health, education, and more. But as more people get vaccinated, we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Moving forward, how can we use technology to recover and aid our transitions into post-pandemic life? And given what we have learned from this pandemic, how can we be better prepared for future disasters?
Why should you join?
To Gain Technical Skills
Learn from peers, professionals, and experts about technology utilized in solving real world problems.
To Connect with the Community
Network with other game changers who want to build a better world. Interact with professionals who want you to succeed.
To Win Awards
Each member of the winning team receives the prize! All these prizes provide you with the equipment to keep exploring and creating.
Subject to change
Metro 328 Pack
This pack has all a student looking to explore the Adafruit Metro 328 and Arduino IDE needs, no soldering required.
Raspberry Pi Zero W Basic Pack
The Raspberry Pi Zero W Basic Kit provides you with everything you need to get started with the newest Pi.
Circuit Playground Classic
An all-in-one board for those looking to learn electronics, sensors and LEDs built in.
Workshops and Activities
~ What ages are allowed?
Participants must be high school students or middle school students.
~ How much does it cost?
This event is completely FREE of charge for all attendees.
~ Do I need to stay up all night?
There's no requirement as to how you and your team organize your workflow! However, we will plan activities and potentially workshops during the night for those who do plan to stay up!
~ Do I need to come with a team?
No! In fact, the first part of the event will be primarily ice-breakers and networking in order to find others who you work well with. Following these introductions, participants with ideas will be encouraged to pitch their projects in order that teams can be formed.
~ What if I'm new to coding?
All skill levels of programmers are welcome, and complete beginners are not only welcome, but expected! Learn as you go with our intro workshops & mentors. Furthermore, projects have many critical facets, including graphic design, presentation, research, and in some instances engineering. Even with a limited understanding of computer programming, one can contribute immensely to the impact and success of a project!