Session information

Date: *

March 8, 2018
Room: *North Pavilion 4
Time: *9:45 am-10:45 am



Session Type:

Concurrent 1-hour

Levels: Middle/Jr. High
Audiences: Administrators


Hack to the Future! Hosting a Hackathon in Your School


What is a Hackathon? The term "hacking" has evolved over the years to describe the act of quickly and intelligently creating a real application/solution that others can use. A hackathon is an invention marathon. Programmers, designers, builders and more come together to learn, build, and share their ideas. Cultivating support for your event: Planning, preparation, and overcoming obstacles to hold a 24/marathon school event. How to make the event free to students with minimal cost to the district: Creating community partnerships to provide a free event to student participants, funding give away items and more. Define and plan your event: Determine the event focus and build a timeline including meals, team building and late night activities. Generate student interest: Promoting your event and reaching out to a diverse group of students. Creating an event focus to attract a balance of male and female attendees with an emphasis on inclusion of all backgrounds and skill levels. Mentoring and Mini-Sessions: Finding mentors to support the teams as they hack a real-world solution to a real-world challenge and ideas for industry professional led mini-sessions. 24 Hours in 5 minutes or less: Share pictures, videos, and stories from the transformational event held at Warren Township HS.


Rico D'Amore, Warren Township High School, Gurnee
Kim Lobitz, Warren Township HS Dist 121, Gurnee

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