CoderDojo students participate in Hackathon


The second annual CoderDojo Hackathon was July 28 at DeveloperTown, a technology company housed inside a refurbished warehouse where every office is a tiny house on wheels, creating an interchangeable setup.

A hackathon is an event during which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming. This hackathon was for students of CoderDojo schools.

CoderDojo Indiana is a program for kids ages 7 to 17 to learn about computer science. The program aims to inspire students to consider technology or development career paths.

Jon Gilman, CEO of Clear Software in Zionsville, helped found the Zionsville chapter of CoderDojo in September 2017. The program has nearly 100 students, most of whom are older than 10. The July 28 event was the first time Zionsville CoderDojo students were involved in the Hackathon.

The event was comprised of four separate competitions. Students could build a mobile app with a group of two to six; build a video game with a group of two to six; compete in an individual Python competition; or compete in an individual Scratch competition. Python and Scratch are two of the programming languages taught at the Dojo.

Trophies were awarded for both individual challenges and team competitions.

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