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Level the Coding Field Hackathon (Mountain View)

Level Playing Field Institute

Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 6:00 PM (PDT)

Mountain View, CA

Level the Coding Field Hackathon (Mountain View)

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Participant (grade 6-8) Ended Free  
Participant (grade 9-12) Ended Free  

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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 consumtion 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). 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. 

I'm ready!  How do I apply?

Complete the questions on the Eventbrite page and submit your application.  Students and parents will be notified 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 hackathon@lpfi.org

Questions?

Email us at hackathon@lpfi.org

For more details and FAQs, visit www.lpfi.org/hackathon

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

When & Where



Computer History Museum
1401 North Shoreline Boulevard
Mountain View, CA 94043

Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 6:00 PM (PDT)


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Organizer

Level Playing Field Institute

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 2001 by Dr. Freada Kapor Klein to promote fairness in education and the workplace, LPFI has both education (SMASH and SMASH Prep) and Research programs which seek to increase the nation’s competitiveness in math and science by creating pathways for promising underrepresented students to attend college and pursue STEM fields.

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