School Hackathon at 20 locations across Telangana on March 23

School Hackathon involving 4000 students of schools run by Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS), in 20 different locations across Telangana will be held simultaneously on 23rdMarch

The twenty locations include: Nallakanche, Kammadanam, Gowlidoddi, Shaipet in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy Districts; Addgudur, GV Gudem,  in Nalgonda District; Mulugu, Chitkuku in Medak; Ramireddygudem, Veldanda in Mahboobnagar; PeddaKodapugal, Armoor in Nizamabad; Nandimedaram, RakmapurSainik School in Karimnagar; Left Pochampad, Bellampally in Adilabad; Dammapet and Kallur in Khamm and Elkaturthy and Madikonda in Warangal Districts. 

The Hackathon will be held for 6th to 9th graders who are in the age group of 11 to 14 years.

It will be organized by SunithaInfovision Ltd, a Hyderabad based 17 years old company in EdTech Space.  It will be organized in association withSecure Space, a city-based Startups engaged in Tech Content Development and Management and CST(Centinel Spark Technologies), a company involved in School Technology Training and Implementation. 

Says Dr. R S Praveen Kumar. Secretary, TSWREIS “ “In Telangana Welfare Residential Schools, we introduced coding as a fourth language. We strongly believe that this skill will catapult the most marginalised kids into the core of knowledge economy. This is going to be a game changer in our war against poverty..

 The Hackathon will be held from morning to evening.  Students will be given some problem confronting them and society at large. Some problems are identified by students themselves and some other problems will be given to them. They will form teams based on interests and specific skills.  At the end of the Hackathon, they will have to  come up with solutions  and must pitch product ideas

A hackathon, also known as a Codefest, is a social coding event that brings computer programmers and other interested people together to improve upon or build a new software program or find out a solution to a problem using technology.

Hackathons in schools especially in government schools are very rare that kids from marginalized communities are involved.  Given the sheer size and novelty, it may not be an exaggeration if it also earns its a rightful place in Limca Book of Records.