Broward College Hackathon Inspires Young Programmers
From paying bills, buying groceries, to cell phones technology is present in almost everything we do. Innovation in the field is fierce and since the mid-2000s, companies have used hackathons to inspire creativity in the development of new technology.
Hackathons have now become a medium to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers among students. Joining in on the effort, Broward College will host the third annual Hackathon competition from Friday, October 13 to Saturday, October 14, at the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus in Davie. The 24-hour competition will test the skills and challenge young technology enthusiasts from universities and colleges across the County.
“Hackathons are a great way for students to learn about current technology in an environment where they will be surrounded by others who share the same passion for programming,” said Michelle Levine, Broward College professor of computer science and co-organizer of the event. “We can’t wait to see what is created this year.”
The Broward College Hackathon is sponsored by Agile Element, Ultimate Software, and The One to One Group and serves as a highlight for local students, who must be enrolled at a local college or university to register. Select high school students will also be invited to participate.
Last year, more than 60 students from Broward College, Miami Dade College and Florida Atlantic University comprised the 12 teams that competed. The “Best Overall” award went to Waste Naught, an application that provides ideas for individuals and communities to create new projects from unwanted or old products.
One workshop was held two weeks before the competition and the second workshop on presentation design for judging is scheduled during the competition on Saturday, October 14 at 8 a.m. At least one representative from each team is encouraged to attend.
The structure of the competition is pretty simple. Teams of four or five students are required to pitch an idea, build a prototype and present what they have developed during the closing ceremony. Teams are not allowed to do any coding before the event. Students will retain rights to their projects after the Hackathon.
The opening ceremony which includes lunch will take place at 12 p.m. on Friday, October 13. Coding starts at 2 p.m. Presentations and judging will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 14.
Projects will be judged by a four-member panel including Chris Caputo, president of Agile Element; Tim Hasse, founder & CEO of TRIM Agency; Denise Mendez, software test automation engineer at Magic Leap; and Brent Lewis, software engineer at Microsoft.
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