Monday 17 February, 2020

Young techies prepare for innovative, 42-hour hackathon

On July 14, 2017, young programmers from across the region will gather in Kingston, Jamaica for Coders of The Caribbean powered by NCB. Participants will work to see if they can create the next big app, software or game.

The 42-hour event, being planned by Next Gen Creators, aims to create an environment where participants can build innovative solutions (hack) to some of the world’s biggest problems. At the end of the hackathon, teams will pitch their projects to a panel of judges. The best teams will win cash prizes, tech gadgets and internships.

"Our team recognizes the role technology is currently playing in the world; and we are excited to provide this platform that allows youth to innovate and help create the future,” shared Stephan Smith, Co-Founder at Next Gen Creators.

Stephan also shared “Coders is a beginner friendly event - during the 42 hours participants work on their projects, receive mentorship, eat tons of food and we provide workshops beginners need to kickstart their projects.”

Last year’s winning team created Koopan, an app designed to help consumers enjoy deals from multiple businesses from a single platform.

Coders of The Caribbean is powered by NCB and sponsored by Loop News, Yello, Junior Achievement Jamaica, Konnexx and Sticker Giant.

Coders of The Caribbean ‘powered by NCB’ is a hackathon designed to give youth between ages 13-27 an opportunity to spend 42 hours creating web and mobile apps for an opportunity to win cool prizes.

Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: