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Join the Tameside Hackathon

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Are you aged between 13 and 18? Are you into coding and computers? Looking for something new and exciting to do in the school holidays? Then the first-ever Tameside Hackathon may be just the thing for you.

The concept is simple. As part of the Council’s “Every Child a Coder” Pledge for 2016 we are launching a free competition to test and challenge the digital skills and creativity of our young people. Teams of young hackers aged 13-18 will pick from a variety of challenges set by our sponsors and will then develop a digital product or solution over the two day event. These will be presented as the end of the Hackathon, with the winning team walking away with some great prizes.

For the young people who take part, it will be an opportunity to have fun, meet people with similar interests and develop the skills that will help them to success in the workplace of the digital future. Every one that takes part in the Tameside Hackathon will also get the opportunity to join a Greater Manchester-wide hack meet-up at the Sharp Project in Newton Heath, Manchester on 13th August.

The Tameside Hackathon takes place at the refurbished Aston Old Baths on Tuesday 9th to Wednesday 10th August, 10am-4pm. If you want to join us, either alone or as part of a team, you can register by going through to the Eventbrite page here. For those who need transport to and from the event, we may able to assist if you call us on 0161 342 5138.

While the focus of the Hackathon will be on meeting new people and learning new things, there’s always the possibility that it could lead to the creation of something with potential to succeed as a business idea. The mobile group messaging app GroupMe, which was coded in a day and a half at a hacking event in 2010 and sold to Skype for almost $80 million a year later, is one of many famous examples. So if you think you and your friends have what it takes to make the next GroupMe, or even the next Pok√©mon Go, then come to Ashton Old Baths in August and show us your stuff.

But we’re not just looking for young people to take part in the Tameside Hackathon. We’re looking for businesses to sponsor the event and provide mentors for the young people taking part. We already have Purple and Banter Media on board providing challenges and prizes for the Hackathon, and we’ve received support from other local and national organisations such as Active Tameside, O2, Bradley’s Bakery, Tameside Reporter and Care Together. If you want your name added to that list, you can find out what it involves and how to get in touch with us on our website here.

Good Luck and Happy Hacking.

Posted by: Kieran Quinn

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