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Level the Coding Field Hackathon (Oakland)

Level Playing Field Institute

Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM (PST)

Level the Coding Field Hackathon (Oakland)

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The Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI) is hosting two hackathons in the Bay Area! Named "Level the Coding Field", the purpose of these hackathons is to expose minority groups to computer science and to promote production rather than just consumption of technology within these groups.

What is a hackathon?

If you've ever wanted to build an app or game for your phone, that's what "hackathons" are for. A hackathon is a gathering of people who get together over a weekend to utilize technology to create solutions for problems they see in the world.

When will the hackathon take place?

LPFI is putting on two Level the Coding Field hackathons - students can only register for one location. The hack-a-thons will last from 9am-6pm over the weekend (Saturday & Sunday) and students must commit for the whole weekend. 

The two locations:

  • October 26th - 27th, 2013 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.
  • November 16-17th in the East Bay (details coming soon).

Who will be there and what can I expect?

  • Students from under-represented minority groups in computer science, grades 6-12 
  • A hacking team! You will be placed on a team based on age, technology interest and skill level
  • Learning how to produce your very own mobile apps over the weekend
  • A brand new Ubislate Android tablet to take home with you!!!

What will the event be like?

Level The Coding Field is designed to create safe space while expanding what you think you're capable of.  Students will work in teams and will be assigned mentors.

On Saturday, you will learn some mobile application development basics, generate solutions to solve real problems in your communities, and start designing a mobile app.  

On Sunday, you will continue building the app while finalizing a presentation for judging.

Do I need to be a whiz at coding and computers?

No, not at all! You just need to have an interest in technology and computers and be willing to learn to build games and web apps.

What should I bring with me?

You bring your brain, enthusiasum and a willingness to hack! We provide you with food, laptops, tablets for hacking, power and guidance.

Are there prizes?

All students will receive an Ubislate Android tablet after the hackathon for participating both days.  Cash prizes are awarded to winning teams, incuding $1000 grand prizes!

I'm ready!  How do I apply?

Complete the questions on the Eventbrite page and submit your application.  Students and parents will be notified with next steps once their application has been accepted.

I'm an adult and interested in volunteering - how?

Parents and other adults (technical and non-technical) are welcome to come and help volunteer. Email us at


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Have questions about Level the Coding Field Hackathon (Oakland)? Contact Level Playing Field Institute

When & Where

ConneXion @ Jack London Park
520 3rd Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM (PST)

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Level Playing Field Institute

Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI) is an Oakland-based non-profit that promotes innovative approaches to fairness in education through its middle and high school STEM programs which target traditionally underrepresented students across California. These programs and initiatives include the Saturday Math and Science Honors Academy Preparatory Program (SMASH: Prep), the Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH), Camp Code and Level the Coding Field (the Hack-a-thons). LPFI also conducts rigorous research. The in-house research team examines inequity in access and opportunity across K-12, higher education, and workplace contexts in order to improve the outcomes for underrepresented students in STEM fields.

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