By Luisa Silva,
This past Saturday, NFTE New York Metro sponsored another all-day Hackathon competition for NYC Generation Tech called Code4Tomorrow that took place in the Microsoft Times Square office. An astonishing number of 80 high school students had the opportunity to show off their coding skills and worked alongside volunteer mentors who in teams, created, designed, and pitched to win prizes totaling $1,355. Interestingly, this event challenged the students to think about solutions that would be beneficial to their communities.
NFTE would like to congratulate the winning teams of Code4Tomorrow:
1st place: Flappy Words
2nd place: MonsterNote
3rd place: TechIt
And of course, congrats to all the students that participated.
Though many students already walked in with the experience of coding, how amazing is it to learn about Mozilla Webmaker tools in one day and apply new skills to make a new promotional website? These kids are truly talented. It is also interesting to know that at their age, they are able to accomplish such a task.
For these high school students, this challenge was not easy. First, they got into a group with students they never worked with and had to generate ideas for the project. With great team work, they came up with innovative ideas that addressed a problem in a New York City community.
The most nerve racking and exciting part of this experience for them was their Demo presentations. Each team was rated by their Digital prototype idea, functionality, promotional website, and how they communicated the project.
NFTE and GenTech place students in situations where they learn and interact with people. It is a positive way to learn how to socialize and build relationships in their field of interest. Students learn how to become competitive and considerate in making their communities a better place.