More cool things going on in the ACT, with Canberra hosting a hackathon for high school students this weekend: “<hs.hact.io> is a three-day digital technologies event for ACT high school students on 17-19 April 2015. It is organised by members of the local community on a voluntary basis. Our event is designed for students at all levels of experience.”
Students interested in technology, and unsure of how to get started, enroll in a variety of tech streams designed for beginners. Through the weekend they are supported in producing their first website, 3D animation, mobile app, video game, or 3D printed object. These students receive mentoring and encouragement from early-to-mid career developers from the tech community.
Advanced/experienced students are enrolled into the ‘Open’ category. They use the three days to showcase their skills, by building digital products/services/tools and competing for a variety of prizes.
This is an absolutely brilliant concept, and one which really ought to work wonderfully. Once again I’m jealous of opportunities being offered outside of Sydney, what on earth are we doing here?
Anyway, full details on the <hs.hact.io> website.
The event is being funded, by the way, by a crowdfunding project on Indiegogo.