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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:
Who will be there and what can I expect?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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For more details and FAQs, visit www.lpfi.org/hackathon
The Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI) is an Oakland-based nonprofit committed to eliminating the barriers faced by underrepresented people of color in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and fostering their untapped talent for the advancement of our nation.
Founded in 2004, the Summer Math and Science Honors Program (SMASH) is a STEM-intensive college preparatory program targeting high school students, the majority of whom are low-income, first-generation college-bound, and/or students of color.
Students enroll after completing the 9th grade and remain part of the program for three consecutive years. SMASH includes boasts a 5-week summer program, SMASH Academy, that immerses our “SMASH scholars” in college life, providing access to rigorous STEM courses and the opportunity to live on campus at one of our four SMASH sites (UC Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, and USC). SMASH is LPFI’s cornerstone “deep impact” program and the cause for much our series of celebratory events in 2014.
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