Mississippi Hackathon for African-American Girls
The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting its inaugural Hackathon Friday and Saturday April 7-8 in Hattiesburg.
The Hackathon competition is open to teams of four African-American high school girls. Teams will learn to code, build, and present a mobile app.
No coding experience is necessary.
Guest speakers include Founder and CEO of Sheena Allen Apps (USM '11) Sheena Allen (Click to see her featured in Essence), USM President Rodney D. Bennett,and motivator Brian Street. The fabulous and funny Cherita Brent of MPB Everyday Tech will be emceeing the two day event.
A stellar panel of African-American women in STEM will share success stories and challenges along their path Friday evening including , Dr. Mary Moore aviation engineer at GE and founder of STEM Discoveries, Yetunde Adewunmi Southern Miss doctoral candidate in Biological Sciences, and Deidra Minor Director of Applied Technology at USM.
There will be swag, book giveaways, and regional judges to select a winning app design team to bring a trophy home to their school.
Student teams will need to provide their own transportation to and from USM. Mentor teachers are encouraged to attend, one per team.
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