Level the Coding Field Hackathons

Level Playing Field Institute regularly hosts  “Level the Coding Field” hackathons,  two-day events that gave students underrepresented in computer science the opportunity to build apps that improve their community while they gain valuable technology skills. Participants developed social impact themed apps and competed for college scholarships. Hackathons were recently held in San Francisco, Atlanta & Detroit.

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Hackathon FAQs

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 do hackathons take place?

Hackathons are weekend-long events, typically held on Saturday, 8:30am – 5pm and Sunday, 8:30am – 5pm. Students must commit for the whole weekend. To find out when we our hosting our next hackathon, sign up for our newsletter.

Who will be there and what can I expect?

  • Students from under-represented groups in computer science in 8th, 9th, and 10th grades
  • 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

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.

Oakland Hackathon

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Mountain View Hackathon

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Hackathons in the Media

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