Students invited to MakeSPP 2020


On the weekend of October 9, MakeSPP will host its third annual student-organized hackathon and digital conference bringing together more than 200 innovative middle and high school students.

Led by 15 students at St. Peter’s Prep and St. Dominic Academy in Jersey City, the weekend-long event aims to nationally promote computer science education and inspire the next generation of innovators.

Participants may attend virtual workshops, interact with entrepreneurs, and work with mentors from select universities to create unique projects for a final competition.

More than $5,000 in prizes will be distributed to winners in four categories — Healthcare, Education, Social Justice, and Environment — and to creators of the top three overall projects and the best beginner project.

The workshops will be tailored to students at all levels.

Workshops include “Creative Coding,” “Build your First Website,” “Intro to Python,” and “Build a Web App.”

Participants can enhance their marketing skills during the “Pitching your Project” workshop.

Thanks to Hestia Academy, JDJ Charitable Foundation, and other sponsors the event is entirely free.

MakeSPP welcomes beginners and is open to all high school and middle school students regardless of their experience in computer programming.

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