Hackathon and Maker Faire Bliss!!
October has indeed been a great month for Hackers Guild. We were able to have the Boot Camp closing ceremony, our first ever Hackathon and Makerfaire.
The first round of our school club program with some of the schools in Lusaka finally came to a wrap with a Hackathon. The schools in attendance were Arakan Boys, Arakan Girls, Kabulonga Girls, Kamwala High School, Munali Boys, Munali Girls and David Kaunda National Technical School (DK).
The pupils who were accompanied by their teachers gathered at Hackers Guild offices in woodlands last Friday to compete with one another for great prizes.
It was very heartwarming to see a lot of girls show interest in software development. Both boys and girls showed great potential for the next generation of developers in Africa and the rest of the world.
The theme of the Hackathon focused on problem-solving, the pupils were told to come up with problems they face in their schools and community in general and thereafter find a solution by use of the technologies they were taught in the innovator's clubs. The resulting projects were mind-blowing as we had projects about emergency services, music, and online enrollment for pupils, child sensitization for crossing the road, advertising and donation for girls.
The pupils had a chance to also take a look at the projects that were ready for the Maker Faire which was to be held a day after the Hackathon. The winners were: 1st prize Arakan Boys, 2nd prize DK and 3rd prize Kamwala high school.
On the other hand, the Maker Faire which took place on Saturday was well attended by people of various ages. Kids especially had fun building different projects such as little bits, Makey-Makey, coding games created by our staff and other projects.
It was an exciting weekend for us to see so many people being brought together by technology. Even more proud at the interest in software development and other technologies that have been sparked by these two events. We look forward to having more of such and hope that you can make it next time!