More than 200 students from across Peel attended Chinguacousy Secondary School's second annual WolfHacks, in partnership with the City of Brampton on March 24 at Bramalea City Centre. The 14-hour hackathon provided students, both new and experienced, the opportunity to partake in a variety of interactive workshops, speak with mentors and industry leaders, explore career pathways and more.
"We are so proud of our students and staff for taking charge to lead, organize and execute an event of this caliber. This event is just one of the many ways to expose students to and strengthen their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)," said Sao Khan Mork-Gerra, principal at Chinguacousy. "Seeing students so involved in making this event a success is a testament to their keen interest coupled with their incredible leadership skills."
At the hackathon, students designed and demonstrated their tech-based solutions to societal challenges, including transportation, health, education, cybersecurity, waste management and newcomer employment.
At the event, students and groups were awarded prizes in a various categories, including Best Beginner Hack and Best Social/Environmental Impact. Winners from the hackathon will move on to compete in Hack the North, Canada's largest hackathon, hosted by the University of Waterloo.
Hackathons are computer science themed competitions that have a goal of creating usable software and/or hardware by the end of the event. They serve as a platform where experienced developers can showcase their talents and beginners can learn how to create incredible projects with the focus of bettering our society.
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