Students to Host Second High School Hackathon
Four Fox Chapel Area High School students have organized a Pittsburgh area high school hackathon – FCHacks 2019. A hackathon is a day-long competition where teams of students who are interested in computer science and/or engineering build a project from scratch. Hardware and software projects can include apps, drones, games, robots, and more. In 2017, three Fox Chapel Area High School students organized Pittsburgh’s first area high school hackathon. In the past, hackathons had been geared only to college students.
FCHacks 2019 will include mentors from universities and tech companies around the region. There will be workshops, lunch and snacks, and materials available for use. A science fair-style expo will also be part of the experience, as well as an awards ceremony at the end of the event where prizes will be awarded for the best projects, as well as a special prize for beginners. Students do not need computer science experience in order to participate.
The title sponsors of FCHacks 2019 are The Grable Foundation and the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Fox Chapel Area High School’s Hackathon is being organized by seniors Arnav Gupta, Annika Urban, and Ziya Xu and junior J. Oliver “Justin” Choo.
FCHacks 2019 is open to all interested students ages 13-18 from the entire Pittsburgh region and, thanks to the title sponsors, is free for all attendees. The hackathon will be held Saturday, March 2, 2019, from 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. at Fox Chapel Area High School. For more information and to sign up, visit www.fchacks.io.