‘Hackathon coming to science museum

Science museum

The Palm Beach Tech Association and the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium are hosting a “hackathon” Nov. 4 through 6.

The Palm Beach Tech Hackathon will provide a peek behind the scenes of  everyday mobile applications, allowing visitors to experience the process of coding rather than just the product. Participants in this two-day competition will form teams, vet ideas, create a project, then present their work to an expert panel of judges.

The event also aims to be an educational opportunity for all ages, with young aspiring programmers welcome to visit the event to observe and learn. High schoolers can apply for a Junior Hackathon, a similar competition which will be open to 12 select students.

“Hidden behind the apps so many of us rely upon on a daily basis,” said Lew Crampton, CEO for the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium,“are the lines of code that allow the program to function flawlessly. Dive deeper, and you’ll discover that Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and other apps are all made up of a special language – the language of computers. For those with a passion to pursue it, the ability to “talk” with our devices can be a hobby and sometimes even a career.”

The Hackathon will benefit the non-profit Loxahatchee River Center in Jupiter.

The event starts Friday at 5 p.m. and runs through Sunday at 5 p.m. Registration is $10 per participant and is open online at http://hackathon.palmbeachtech.org/.

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is located at 4801 Dreher Trail North.

For more informationcall 561-832-1988 or visit www.sfsciencecenter.org.


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