Local Hack Day is an annual event run by Major League Hacking, an organization that supports competitive “hacking” at the high school and collegiate level. Major League Hacking was founded by Mike Swift and Jon Gottfried in 2013 and now has a major presence in North America and Europe, and plans to expand globally. If you’re lost, you can learn more about what hackathons are right here.
Why is this awesome for Dallas?
For starters, free events like this are hard to come by and possibly serve as the best way for new people in our community to see what we’re all about. The Deputy Commissioner of MLH, Shy Ruparel, says, “Local Hack Day is designed to train and prepare new hackathon organizers. Globally we had 7,777 sign up to attend for the event, no one was turned away. Approximately 4,000 checked in and participated in over 50 cities around the world. I think Local Hack Day was the largest day of student hacking in history.” He then added, “When I was in school, hackathons [like this one] didn’t even exist.”
The local team in Dallas that organized the 2nd Annual Local Hack Day held last week was led by Bobby Thakkar, a student at Allen High School and the Founder of SecondGen. He’s already making waves in our startup community and is planning two more hackathons for 2016. He said, “Everyone had fun, and there were tons of prizes and swag to go around. I love hosting these events because it’s always amazing to see what these talented kids can produce in such a short amount of time while bonding new friendships and developing skills.”
One of the participants in Local Hack Day, Julian LaNeve, said, “Local Hack Day was a blast. I was able to connect with old friends and rekindle a new project that I’m excited to be working on.” During the first few hours of Local Hack Day, students gathered at NoD, a coworking space in North Dallas, and then did a quick round of introductions before jumping on their laptops and getting to work. After dividing up into groups, they continued to work on new projects and took breaks for meals and raffle prizes (including selfie sticks, stickers, and other awesome giveaways). One project from Local Hack Day (which looks to be a promising new Dallas startup) is called Peeyr, a web/mobile application that intends to revolutionize peer tutoring in high schools.
To learn more about the organizations involved in Local Hack Day, go check out their websites:
*photo: Bobby Thakkar