Hackathons Build young Minds for the Future

Not just for the older folk

While it would seem that most hackathons were made for people attending a university – not all hackathons are meant for those over the age of 17. That’s why the non-profit organization, Code 411, is using the power of hackathons to mold young minds between the ages of 12 and 17.

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Learning what we are capable of

For the second year in a row Code 411 organized a one-day seminar in Bermuda called the Holiday Hackathon for kids to learn about programming, technology, coding, and more. “We learned about making iPhone apps, building websites – basically learning how to tell the computer what to do, “ 16- year-old Kendrea Dill said about the event.  Jahde Eve, a Bermudian coder was there to talk about programming to 80 teens.  “I thought before I got into it that you had to be some kind of mad genius, “ he said. “That’s the barrier for young people and adults as well. But learning code is just another skill set, like learning to cook.” The hackathon gave kids a different perspective about gaming and inspiration to pursue a career in a related field.

Useful for the future

Michaela Lewin, a 17-year old student at the Bermuda Institute mentioned that because of these hackathons, she had wanted to be a computer programmer at one point in her life. “Being able to come to something like this and learn how to actually do it is pretty cool, “ Lewin said. Now, Lewin believes that these hackathons have proven to be a very important experience in her life. Her focus points to public relations but what she was taught from these events have given her useful knowledge for her future job. She says, “What we’re doing here can push it forward for me.”

“It powers every step of our lives…”

Using hackathons for a younger crowd can turn out to be very interesting and inspirational. Hackathons are all about learning how to work together in a fast paced environment while using your knowledge about technology to create something innovative.  Eve said, “It powers every step of our lives – cars, fridges, even stoves.” Skild believes that hackathons can help change and inspire our world to be the very best it can be.

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