AFTER the success of Tameside’s first hack, held in August, the council is pleased to announce that the hack is back. Plans are under way to hold a second event which will be on February 21-22 during the half-term holiday.
This time, the coding competition for 12 to 18-year-olds will take place at Tameside College’s new advanced technologies centre on Stamford Street East, Ashton – part of the Beaufort Road campus. Each day lasts from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
As with the summer event, the hack will cater for teams of four and the challenges – designed to test creativity and coding skills – will be set by local businesses and this year’s sponsors including Arcadis UK and Purple who will also donate prizes.
Details can be found at www.tameside.gov.uk/TamesideHack. The challenges will also be announced through Twitter @TamesideHack
The Tameside Hack 2017 is a key element of Tameside Council’s “Every Child a Coder” pledge and is led by the authority’s employment and skills team. Schools, clubs and youth organisations are encouraged to enter, but hackers are free to take part with friends or to come as individuals and look for team-mates on the day. All levels of coding skill and experience are welcome.
Booking a place is easy. Simply visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/hackregistration
Experts will be present throughout both days to support hackers and give advice. So if you’re tech-savvy and want to volunteer as a mentor, or you’re a business that would like to sponsor the hack or set a challenge, sign up now at www.tamesidehackmentors.eventbrite.co.uk
Cllr Lynn Travis, Tameside Council’s executive member for lifelong learning and every child a coder champion, said: “This is a great way for young people to have fun and meet others who are interested in coding.
“The August event at Ashton Old Baths was a huge success and I’m sure this one will be even better. It’s free to attend and is a great opportunity for our young people to take part in something exciting and new during the half-term holiday, and at another of the borough’s prestige centres.”
Arcadis knowledge and performance manager Louise Shaw added: “It is fantastic that Arcadis is returning to support this event, this time as a sponsor.
“After the success of the summer hack we are keen to identify how we can collaborate further, to advocate and encourage the talent of these young minds and how their innovative ideas could impact our projects and clients in the future.
“It’s great to be a part of something that could not only influence and transform Arcadis internally but the wider communities and industries around us.”