Park City High School Girls Tech Club Hosts Hack-A-Thon

Apr 23, 2019

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A couple of Park City High School Seniors and members of the Girls in Tech Club have organized a first ever all-female coding workshop. It’s open to any girl in the state and no experience is needed. The event is Saturday and will run for 12 hours.

Park City High School senior, Claire Oberg says the idea behind the All Girl Hack-a-Thon is to explore career options while collaborating on real world projects.

“We’re going to allow them to choose from three different career paths. So, either in terms of research user experience design and programming and they’ll do workshops based on what they're interested in. And these workshops are going to be hosted by members of the Qualtrics team so kind of coach them in a way and then after they go in there different workshops they're going to come together in different teams so we’ll take one person from say the programming workshop, one person from the user experience workshop and someone from the research group.”

Senior, Sela Serafin says there is not much happening in the state for girls who want to pursue tech careers. So, when they started the club last year, they were looking for a clear purpose.

“Giving them experience in technology while helping to plan the event. So, some of them would be working on like building our website. Some would be working on getting sponsorship. So, having people work from all levels-so they're getting that experience at the same time, which I think is a really valuable experience. It doesn't come out of all school clubs.”

Oberg has taken Computer Science all four years of high school. They’re first club project was to develop an app, Food for Good.

“We eventually probably want to integrate it into the community but it's to facilitate the communication between restaurants with extra food and food banks. And, we actually worked with the Christian center here to talk about how to potentially work with them.”

Qualtrix is a Provo based tech company that is supporting the event. They’ll have mentors who will be there to teach the workshops and help kids through their projects.

They’ve set up a “go fund me” page and have reached their goal of $1700.00. So, it’s free for everyone who wants to participate. Serafin says they’ll provide breakfast, lunch and dinner along with swag and prizes. They have about 55 people registered with some kids coming from as far as Price. They have space for another 20 kids.

“We also bought T-shirts that everyone’s going to get. And with the help of all of our sponsors we’ve gotten a bunch of other things for like a swag bag to give away to people for like at the beginning and then we bought prizes to give out the end.”

They wanted a 24 hour hack a thon but realized getting chaperones would be difficult especially for the first event. The hack-a-thon is Saturday, April 30th from 9AM to 9PM at Park City High School. No experience is needed to attend. Their registration link  is https://pchackathon.weebly.com