FIRST 5125 Hawks On The Horizon is planning to host a hackathon at our school. We will engage middle school and high school students who are interested in tech-focused projects who may not have all the skills to build them. I created a class presentation about hackathons to inform some of my team members of this possibility. The class presentation was based on how to plan and execute a hackathon, which requires a lot of time and planning. This includes finding a venue, managing the event, acquiring sponsors, food, registration, and taking notes for days before, during, and after the hackathon.
We have planned to go to other hackathons to get more ideas of what we should do before hosting the hackathon. We can also learn about any problems they experienced and how the event coordinators fixed them. Eventbrite is an excellent website to find hackathons across Chicago. We have found a 6th, 7th, and 8th grade tech-focused hackathon with no coding skills required named ChiTech’s Black Panther Hackathon and we were interested in spectating this event immediately. On April 13th, 2018, Leadership In Technology will take a field trip to this event to learn more about how they conduct it and what they have learned. We’ve contacted the CEO of Chicago Tech Academy, Lance Russell, to help us find a person to keep in contact with and he was generous enough to invite us to speak with his team for this hackathon! We hope to learn much more about hackathons before we dive into planning one!