Hackathon 101

iCode McKinney’s First Hackathon event: February 18, 2019

iCode family – it’s that time of the year and we could not be more pumped: iCode McKinney is hosting its first ever Hackathon! Now we know that some of you are seasoned Hackathon pros. For those who have never attended or even heard of a Hackathon, fear not. Here is everything you need to know about Hackathons in general, and our Hackathon in particular.

What is a Hackathon?!

Good question! A Hackathon is a coding competition where students come together to build the coolest projects (apps, websites etc.), compete to win prizes and show off their coding and presentation skills. The best part about a Hackathon, however, is meeting a ton of new people, learning a bunch of new things and just having a great time!

When and where is the iCode McKinney Hackathon happening?

The Humani-Tech Hackathon, hosted by iCode McKinney in partnership with the McKinney Gifted and Talented Alliance and the Community Food Pantry of McKinney, takes place on February 18th, 2019 from 9am-6pm. The venue is iCode McKinney, 5100 El Dorado Parkway, #108, in McKinney, Texas, 75070.

Who can attend?

You are eligible to attend if you are within one of two groups: 5th-8th grade OR 9th-12th grade. You absolutely do not need to live in McKinney to participate – anyone from the DFW metroplex is welcome to register and participate! Bring your friends, your siblings, your cousins! Bring your neighbors!

Will I work individually, or can I team up with a friend?

We’re all about the teamwork! Participants are strongly encouraged to build a team of no more than three and register together. However, if you don’t have a team, we will happily assign you to one – yay for new friends!

What exactly will we be working on?

Hackathon challenges can sometimes have an overarching theme, and often they have to do with a pressing social issue that needs solving. We have picked Combatting Hunger as the theme for our Hackathon. According to Feeding America more than 800,000 people across DFW are food insecure. We’re challenging all of our Hackathon participants to use their brains and tech skills to come up with the best possible solution to the hunger problem.

 

What platforms can we use during the Hack?

The Hack will be open platform so you can use anything you want; just make sure to have all your updates done beforehand as wi-fi can sometimes get spotty with so many users.

Where do I register?!

http://bit.ly/icodehumanitech – register now, spots are limited!

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