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First Native American Hackathon

First Native American Hackathon

The event will promote STEM-related careers, coding and web development, and is a collaborative outreach to help connect the Native American community to technology and innovation careers.

By RENE THOMPSON

The city of Albuquerque is sponsoring the first-ever Native American Hackathon at the Epicenter ABQ, 101 Central Ave. NE, on April 23 and 24.

The event will promote STEM-related careers, coding and web development, and is a collaborative outreach to help connect the Native American community to technology and innovation careers.

Students who plan to participate in the competition will need to register before or on April 23 at 8 a.m., and must commit to attend on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Anyone who plans to attend just to watch the event must register as well. That’s to ensure security and protect participants, according to the eventbrite.com event page.

Participating students between the ages of 12 to 20, who are called “trailblazers,” will split into teams and pitch ideas for an app or original website that will be developed over the weekend, and then judged at the end of the competition. Trailblazers do not need to have prior knowledge of coding or site design, as mentors will help students to prepare and present their projects to the judges.

Qeyno Labs and Native American Community Academy Inspired Schools have also sponsored My Brother’s Keeper Hackathon in order to encourage Native Americans to learn about science-based careers. The NACA Inspired Schools Network began focusing in 2014 on improving Native American education, and is currently working with eight different indigenous communities in New Mexico.

Volunteers with knowledge of software development, graphic or visual design, who want to help students learn the basic elements of these skills, are still needed to help with the event. Qualified adults who can commit to the days needed are encouraged to register at nativembk.com.

Check out the Morning Brew’s coverage of the event below:

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Rene Thompson is a staff reporter at ABQ Free Press. Email her at rene@freeabq.com.

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