A bunch of technology savvy high schoolers are coming together to create a high energy day of inspiring innovation, serious coding, and dedicated design work. Anirudh, Abhinav, Anthony, Shrunothra, Patrick, Shashank, Troy and Rohan have taken up a massive initiative called the METROHACKS 2016. The team is excited to share a whole new concept
“Could you imagine what it would be like if over 200 high schoolers were brought together in the same room for 24 hours? Now, imagine these 200 kids are inspiring innovators, serious coders, and dedicated designers — and they are armed with laptops, and unlimited WiFi and amazing food. Some might call it a massive slumber party — don’t be mistaken. In a setting like this, brilliant projects coalesce. In fact, some of the products and software created during these “hackathons” catalyze successful businesses and careers.”
MetroHacks is a 24-hour hackathon that’ll be held at the Microsoft offices in Cambridge, MA. This event will have everything that a successful hackathon requires — WiFi, food, soda, and amazing participants. Of course, MetroHacks can only host so many attendees — just above 200 to be exact. Admissions are competitive, but one does not need to be an accomplished coder to attend. The event team is just looking for people who are dedicated to innovation and creative thinking and can bring their inner fire to the hackathon.
When asked what is the inspiration behind putting together this hack-a-thin, the team said, “One of the biggest problems with computer science education in the modern world is that students aren’t taught to make the connection from classroom exercises to industry practices. Hackathons serve as a crash-course to what the actual world of computer science is like. Many students get discouraged by their computer science classes. After tracing boring recursive functions, or learning about the specific rules of polymorphism, they become disgruntled with CS. For their whole lives, they’ve heard about how beautiful and exciting the field of CS can be. How is one supposed to tie that supposed dreamland with the rigidness they encounter in school?
Hackathons are pure computer science education. Students learn so much more from jumping into problems in the real world, than from spending hours doing the same in a classroom. Sure, students can learn about why polymorphisms are cool in the classroom. At a hackathon, however, students encounter polymorphism in one of its complex and captivating forms — in the process of creating more enemies for their RPG! When this happens, students are no longer “students” — they have become true followers in the reality of CS.
At the end of the day, however, the beauty of a hackathon lies not in the accomplishments of its participants. One of the goals of the organizing team it to bring together many high schoolers of a similar passion, dedication, and creativity. When 200 of these future leaders walk into the same room, something beautiful happens. In this environment, friendships are forged that last for a lifetime. At the end of the day, win or lose, we believe that a hackathon is about community.”
How did this idea develop in the first place?
“The founders of MetroHacks share a love for computer science and innovation that takes its root far outside of the classroom setting. It defines their outlook and their motivations. They are accomplished coders, business people, and science enthusiasts holding their own in other hackathons, Olympiads, and other competitions at the national and international levels. However, when some of the founders began to discuss their experiences at past hackathons, a similar philosophy began to emerge. “What if we hosted our own hackathon? What would we do differently?” And at that moment, MetroHacks was born.
We are ecstatic to bring current and future friends to a city close to our hearts, Cambridge, for what will be one of the greatest 24 hours of our lives, and hopefully yours as well.”
24 hours, 200+ participants, $10k+ prizes
Event Dates: May 21st and 22nd
Event Location : Microsoft office One Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA
Who can come?
All high schoolers, aged 13-19, can come! If you’re motivated and love computer science, you’re welcome at MetroHacks.
Where is it?
MetroHacks is at the Microsoft headquarters in Cambridge, MA, at 1 Cambridge Center, on the 2nd and 4th floors.
How much does it cost?
MetroHacks costs nothing. Registering and attending is free, and you can get free food, t-shirts, prizes, and lessons.
When is MetroHacks?
May 21-22, 2016—a Saturday and Sunday, overnight.
What should I bring?
All you need is a photo ID, a laptop, and (preferably) a sleeping bag. We’ll take care of the rest.
How do I form a team?
You can list your teammates when you register. There will be networking sessions at MetroHacks if you don’t have a team.
You got hardware?
We’ve got tons of cool hardware—Intelligent Headsets and Myo armbands, to name a few.
What can I win?
We’re working with some awesome companies to give out tons of prizes. Check back later to see a list of all the prizes.
Any other questions?
If you have any other questions, let them know at firstname.lastname@example.org
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