Lincoln School is partnering with Sophia Academy to co-host a hackathon for girls in Grades 5–10 on April 20 and 22, 2017 in celebration of Earth Day.
Girls Hack the World will take place at Lincoln School and bring students from both schools together to #codelikeagirl and build apps, websites, or computer-generated games designed to create real-world solutions to help Rhode Island's environment. By getting hands on and collaborating, Girls Hack the World aims to inspire young women to be involved in the fields of coding, programming, and computer science.
What is a Hackathon and Why Is it Important?
A hackathon is defined as a short-term gathering during which a group of programmers, designers, and developers collaboratively code to solve a problem or create a project. On Earth Day, April 22, 2017, the first all-girls hackathon in Rhode Island, Girls Hack the World, will bring students from Lincoln School and Sophia Academy together to build apps, websites, or games designed to help Rhode Island's environment.
Working together in cross-school teams of four, hackathons provide a unique venue that allows participants to build relationships while expressing creativity through technology. This is particularly important for girls and young women, who often do not participate in events like this because they feel they'll be overshadowed or underestimated. Girls Hack the World will give girls and young women in Grades 5-10 a safe, fun environment to explore coding regardless of experience or skill level.