FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Broward College is hosting its annual BC Hackathon, a 24-hour competition that challenges students across Broward County to develop new software programs in a collaborative and fast-paced environment. The event will take place on October 25 and 26 at the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus in Davie and is open to students of all majors from higher education institutions in Broward County and select high school students.
During the 24-hour competition, teams of five-to-six students will pitch a software idea and build a prototype to present the next day. The teams are encouraged to develop software that fall into one of the following categories: mixed reality, social good, education, diversity, or inclusion. No work or coding can be done on projects before the start of the event but students can use any language, framework or library once the Hackathon has started. This year, a spatial computing category is also part of the competition. One of the sponsors, Magic Leap, will be providing access to its M1L spatial computing devices.
Now in its fifth year, the Broward College Hackathon encourages students to pursue careers in technology but also fosters the sharing of knowledge among participants from different majors. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM jobs are expected to experience the largest increase through 2022.
Judges include Steve Orsino, software developer, Ultimate Software and Broward College alumnus, Tony Casciotta, vice president, Information Technology, Broward College; Kristian Bouw, owner of Notion Theory; and Denise Mendez, software test automation engineer, Magic Leap. Prizes will be awarded on October 26 at the end of the 24 hours in the following categories: Best Overall, Most Innovative Idea, Crowd Favorite, Best Presentation, and Best XR Project. All team members must participate during the presentation and students will retain ownership rights to their projects following the event.
"The Hackathon is a great way for students to learn about current technology in an environment where they are surrounded by others who share the same passion for programming," said Michelle Levine, professor of computer science and co-organizer of the event. "We can't wait to see the projects this year."
The Hackathon is organized by the Broward College Computer Science Department and sponsored by Cengage Unlimited, uCertify, and Magic Leap. Participants must be enrolled in a high school or postsecondary institution. Admission and participation are free but students must RSVP here.
About Broward College: Serving more than 63,000 students annually, Broward College provides residents with certificate programs, two-year university-transfer degrees, two-year career degrees and baccalaureate degrees in selected programs. The mission of the College is to provide high-quality educational programs and services that are affordable and accessible to a diverse community of learners. For more information, visit www.broward.edu.