The Palm Beach Tech Association and the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium are teaming up to host the 2nd Annual Palm Beach Tech Hackathon, a three-day event where teams will create a project to be presented to a panel of distinguished judges. The goal is to advance coding technical proficiency and enhance job prospects among county residents.
Scheduled for February 23-25, the event is intended to serve the Palm Beach County community, especially the Palm Beach County School District’s schools, students and families by partnering with the STEM Education Council.
Teams of engineers, designers, developers and project managers will compete for the chance to win a combination of cash and in-kind prizes. Potential projects will be presented at the Friday kickoff. The spontaneity of the projects, as well as the time limit, creates a sense of urgency and collaborative environment conducive for great hacking, where intelligent minds with shared interests come together.
The panel of judges and coaches will be comprised by local experts in the tech industry. Jeri Muoio, Mayor of West Palm Beach, will speak at the event, along with Lew Crampton, President and CEO of the Science Center; Dan Cane, President and CEO of Modernizing Medicine; and Dr. Pete Licata, Assistant Superintendent of Choice and Innovation at the School District of Palm Beach County.
“We’re pleased to partner with Palm Beach Tech for the second year to inspire this coding competition,” Crampton said. “The smart phone apps many of us use daily are run by the lines of code, so it’s an integral part of our everyday life. This annual event allows us to encourage the contestants’ talents while spreading appreciation for coding throughout our region.”
Florida Power and Light and the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium are the presenting sponsors for this event. Other sponsors include the Achieve Agency, Dedicated IT, Digital Resource, Hello Labs, Levatas, Nebular, Neo4j, Red Pepper Group, The School District of Palm Beach County, Script Sender, The Silver Logic, and VXIT.
“There is no better way our Tech Community can give back than to support the education of our next generation of innovators,” said Joe Russo, Executive Director of the Palm Beach Tech Association.
The Kickoff is set for Friday at 6:00 p.m. at VXIT in West Palm Beach’s Warehouse District, with the Hackathon commencing at the Science Center on Saturday at 9:00a.m. and running continually through judging on Sunday at 10 a.m.
Registration is open online at https://palmbeachtech.org/hackathon/. Contest rules apply. Science Center guests are encouraged to observe the competition and learn more about computer coding with on-site educators and local vendors.