Teen Hackathon

Teen Hackathon

Saturday, November 3 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Central Park in Woodbury

Participants

Washington County Library invites teens to test and tinker with wearable technology at its first-ever Teen Hackathon on Saturday, November 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Central Park in Woodbury.

The hackathon is a free, all-day event for techies of all ability levels in grades 7 - 12. Teens will work in groups and spend the day designing and coding projects in wearable technology. Mainstream examples of wearable technology today include items like fitness trackers, the Apple Watch, and Google Glass. The expanding field of wearable technology is still in its infancy, and teens participating in the hackathon have a very real chance of imagining and creating the next big tech breakthrough.

Volunteer mentors will work with each group to help teens brainstorm through the design process, research, and troubleshoot challenges. Mentors will also help their group present the finished wearable tech project to an audience.

Lunch and snacks will be provided throughout the day.

Registration is required. The event is open to 100 teen participants. 

Volunteers

Washington County Library is currently looking for volunteers who are interested in encouraging innovation and witnessing invention up close at its first-ever Teen Hackathon on Saturday, November 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Central Park in Woodbury. 

What’s a hackathon?
The Teen Hackathon will pair mentor volunteers with teens as they spend the day designing and coding projects in wearable technology. Mainstream examples of wearable technology today include items like fitness trackers, the Apple Watch, and Google Glass. The expanding field of wearable technology is still in its infancy, and teens participating in the hackathon have a very real chance of imagining and creating the next big tech breakthrough. 

How will volunteers help?
Volunteers do not need experience creating wearable technology, but must have an interest in science, technology, engineering or math. Volunteers must also be willing to learn basics in coding with Arduino IDE and programming wearable tech through a training guide provided by Washington County Library. 

Serving as a mentor to a group of teens at the hackathon, volunteers will show their group the basics of using LilyPad and AdaFruit equipment, help them brainstorm through the design process, and work with them to research and troubleshoot challenges. Mentors will also help their group present their finished project to the audience. Lunch and snacks will be provided throughout the day. 

Count me in! How do I let you know?
Volunteers can apply by filling out the application on the Washington County Library website by Oct. 15. Washington County Library staff will contact volunteers after the application is received.