MARLBORO – A hackathon is not what you might think it is. A hackathon is a group of computer enthusiasts who come together to solve problems. Eight students from the Advanced Math and Science Academy of Marlboro are putting together a hackathon for high school students in May. “We’re going to be one of the first hackathons on the East Coast that will be put together by students. Almost all of the hackathons now are based in a school or college,” said Aniruddh Iyengar of Boylston, one of the hackathon collaborators. “Hacking is another term for problem solving, making a new app (a program or piece of computer software designed for a specific purpose). It’s exciting for kids to develop their own new cool ideas,” said Abhinav Kurada of Littleton. Hackathons have been around for more than a decade, but only recently have gained in popularity. A recent hackathon attended by Mr. Iyengar at the University of Pennsylvania was a two-day affair that attracted thousands of college students from the region, as well as a few high school students. “There is so much energy at these hackathons, and it’s all about building community, learning from mentors. A lot of students […]
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