In a competitive industry such as the tech world, it’s important to keep up with the latest trends of the trade. A crucial part of your success in the industry, which is expected to grow 12 percent in the next 10 years according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, requires you to work constantly on improving your skills. In other words, you must become a lifelong learner.

On Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, programmers and tech enthusiasts in South Florida will come across the perfect opportunity to work on their programming, problem-solving, and time management skills during the 2019 BC Hackathon.

The 24-hour coding event, now in its fifth year, is hosted by Broward College’s Computer Science department with the goal to bring together aspiring programmers, industry experts, mentors, and potential employers.

What is it about?

Hackathons are designed as an environment that encourages idea sharing, teamwork, and tight deadlines. You must work with a team of up to five peers to create a usable software in 24 hours or under. The team has the opportunity to work and learn from professionals in the industry and College faculty, working as mentors, in a real-life setting.

Participants are allowed to brainstorm before the event starts but all coding must be done during the 24-hour window. To create or join a team, you can do it online through CrowdForge. If you have a project idea, you can create a team page in the platform explaining your project and listing the skills you need in your team.

The Competition and its Rewards

Participants are encouraged to develop software in any of these categories: mixed reality, social good, education, or diversity and inclusion. You can use any language, framework, or library to help your project.

Judges Denise Mendez (Magic Leap), Tony Casciotta (Broward College), Steve Orsino (Ultimate Software), and Kristian Bouw (Notion Theory) will be looking at the innovation, complexity, implementation, and presentation as the criteria of the competition. Trophies in Code for a Cause, Most Innovative Idea, Best Presentation, Crowd Favorite, Best XR Project, and Best Overall are awarded in a ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 26 after the teams present their completed projects. All team members must participate during the presentation.

Participants must be currently enrolled high school or college students. All majors welcome. Admission and participation is free but you must RSVP through Eventbrite.

Learn more about mentor and volunteer opportunities during the Hackathon here.

Interested in a career in Computer and Information Technology? Learn about the programs available at Broward College here.