Hackathon!

Have you enjoyed following their progress of our STEM campers? Would you like the opportunity to take part in something similar?

Calling on all Coders, Gamers, and Tech fans to register and take part in this exciting hackathon, looking to improve people’s lives by developing new Assisted Living Technologies (ALTs)

The Challenge: Working with advocates interested in developing assisted living technologies this two day challenge will be to design and prototype possible technological solutions to solve real world challenges faced by those that traditionally require assistance by enabling them to have greater choice and independence in life.

A prize will be awarded for the winning project on Saturday 8th December.

When: Friday 7th December: 5.30 – 8.00pm – Meet, Greet & Team up
Saturday 8th Decmber: 9.30am – 8.00pm – Hackathon with Prize Giving at 7pm

Where: dlr LexIcon

Cost: Free…. Participants must be TY or 5th Year students

To join and for more information email librarybookings@dlrcoco.ie. Tickets are free and available here

What is a Hackathon?

Hackathons are a way of exploring tech solutions and ideas to social issues or ‘problems’. They involve getting a number of people together, usually for a day or two, to set out problems and devise potentially viable technological solutions. The event will harness both the energy and creativity of the programming and maker community and place it alongside the issues facing adult social care, hopefully to bring about innovative solutions.

Jake Byrne will be running the hackathon and will provide tech support at the event. During the event there will be business pitch workshops and a tech helpdesk on Saturday 8th Dec

This article from Acorn Aspirations, gives a good insight into how a hackathon is run and what will happen during it. It is a fun, immersive, creative and highly rewarding challenge.

As for our current STEM camp participants….

Our TY students are in the middle of the busiest period of the Camp – Maker Days and designing and marketing their products. We’ll be sharing lots on their projects later this week when Group 2 finish. But as a taster…:

 

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