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Facebook's First Ever 2020 Hackathon will Award Up To $21k in Prizes

Facebook has announced its first-ever hackathon for aspiring or experienced developers. The 2020 Hackathon features three tech tracks in the following areas: Artificial intelligence (AI) for developers who are interested in building AI solutions to promote positive social impact Messaging aimed at solutions that will improve and empower business conversations Augmented reality (AR) that will contribute to users’ interactive experience of the real-world environment The Hackathon is open to all stages of developers, even experts who want to apply their existing skills to a new area. There are also cash prizes associated with each tech track for a total of $21,000. First-place winners will also receive tickets to attend F8, Facebook’s Developer Conference, held on May 8, along with hotel and airfare. The best part of Facebook’s 2020 Hackathon is — it’s free! Contestants must submit a two-minute video highlighting their application in a step-by-step fashion and post it to a digital...

Feb 12, 2020

Hampton University CS Students Compete And Win In Hackathon

After developing an app to solve a real-world problem in 36-hours, four Hampton University students won first place in the Tech Challenge and third place overall at the Black Enterprise Smart Hackathon. Ernest “Xavier” Horton, Coleman Scott IV, Tauren Bass, and Jeffrey Grant, were the computer science students who participated in the hackathon at the TechConneXt—an annual tech summit in Silicon Valley — competing against 15 other HBCU teams to create a unique app designed to address real business needs. “The hackathon itself was exhausting, but we learned a lot of new technologies that we had not used before,” said Horton, college junior and two-time Google intern, in a news release . “We were able to utilize our skills and knowledge acquired at Hampton in different ways to meet the challenges that were presented to us.” The final product was judged on viability, user-friendliness, and platform effectiveness. Each team member was awarded 25,000 American Airlines miles for travel, a...

Oct 25, 2018

Google will open a Black Girls Code-led exploration lab in its New York offices

Black Girls Code aims to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. And now Black Girls Code will be able to carry out that mission in Google’s New York offices according to an announcement that the organization is teaming up with designer Kurani to turn the offices into a tech innovation lab for girls . Staff members from Black Girls Code will run student workshops, hack-a-thons, panels and family events in the space. Construction has already started according to a statement from Kurani , and girls can begin to enjoy the hands-on environment this fall. Kurani states: “The design takes us back to breaking things open and exploring how they’re made. When you remove the mysterious shell, the girls can see that tech is just parts and pieces, hardware and software they can tinker...

Jun 26, 2018