Know a young person who wants to change the world? Encourage them to register for Cape Breton’s First Hackathon. Cape Breton’s first what??
A hackathon is a place for programmers, developers, designers, and anyone interested in meeting and learning from them, to get together and collaborate.
The event takes place Saturday, May 18th from 10am ’til 9pm (hence the “marathon” metaphor). The location will be announced once total attendance is known, but it’ll be somewhere in downtown Sydney.
And it’s all free, you just have to register.
The day starts with 30 minutes dedicated to people pitching their project development ideas. Others vote on the ideas, teams get formed, and everyone sets to work building the projects or apps.
Rather than being centred around a particular programming language (which is normally the case), this hackathon will focus on the platform: anything you can build on a Raspberry Pi.
The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.
Let me emphasize that last part: “we want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.” There’s no age limit (in either direction) to participate in Cape Breton’s First Hackathon.
The day will end with demos of the projects and winners will be crowned. Food and beverages are provided all day, you get a t-shirt, and it’s all free! Don’t forget to register.