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Township Youth Hackathon

Posted on Monday, December 19, 2016 - 10:41

Over 100 grade 10-12 students recently attended the Orlando Pirates Learning Centre for the Township Youth Hackathon. This 2 day interactive training programme saw township learners from Eldomaine High School, Silver Oakes Secondary School and Eldorado Park Secondary School learn software development skills, be exposed to inspirational leaders and leave with tool kit to continue exploring.

The programme inspires learners to pursue a career in technology and provides learners with tools, knowledge, hardware and software to continue learning and exploring once they leave the centre.

Learners were taught to build software using a picture based coding language and work in teams to solve a challenge, the winners receiving the prizes of a brand new Skull Candy headphones! Mini-computer toolkits were provided to each learner to build the software and to continue learning and developing at home. Learners had the chance meet, share ideas and have fun, with their peers from other schools in Soweto. A great way to end the year.

The programme sees partners from Netacad, SITA, the Department of Basic Education, Cisco, Orlando Pirates FC and tech company a2d24 join together to inspire young people to explore a future in technology and computer programming.

Delegates from SITA, the Department of Health, Orlando Pirates FC, Telkom and a2d24 graced the awards ceremony on the second day where prizes were awarded to the best students.

Learning Centre Manager, Jude Capel, added, “This was a fantastic opportunity for the township’s young people to be inspired by motivational speakers and to learn how to code computers. The 2 days definitely inspired many young people in the direction of computer sciences and has given them the tools to learn further at home.”

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