Hackathon has become a popular way for people who’re interested in technology and innovation to spend their weekend at. Are you thinking about joining one but not sure if you’re ready, especially if you are a high school student? The truth is that there have been more and more hackathons accepting people with different skills. Some don’t even require you to have coding experience, as long as you’re interested in learning and contributing. Whether you’re a high school student, college student, junior programmer, or seasoned engineer, hackathon could be an excellent opportunity for you to network with other professionals while gaining valuable experience in tackling some exciting technical problems.
What really is a Hackathon?
“Hackathon” = “Hack” + “Marathon”
Hackathon is a competition-style event where programmers, engineers, developers, designers, etc. work together as small groups to compete on a software or hardware project. It is typically hosted by a technology company, organization, or school. Many hackathons are organized as 24-hour or 48-hour non-stop coding marathons. Besides the actual coding time, the organizers often include trainings, workshops, presentations, demos, and more.
Benefits of participating in a Hackathon
In addition to gaining hands-on experience and networking with other talented people, there are some other great benefits you can gain from participating in a hackathon:
- Get cash and prizes if you win the competition. Even if you’re not a winner, most events offer prizes or product discounts to participants
- Build up your resume and admission profile
- Showcase your work in front of companies and potential employers
Hackathons accepting high school students?
Here are a few hackathons that welcome high school students to apply:
March 3-5, 2017
March 19, 2017
March 24-25, 2017
Palo Alto, CA
March 25-26, 2017
May 20-21, 2017
May 27-28, 2017
Want more updates on opportunities to participate in a hackathon?
Here are a list of the facebook groups that provide regular news and updates on Hackathons:
Hackathon – Close to 100,000 members
Hackathon Hackers – About 50,000 members
Ladies Storm Hackathons – About 7,500 members