Tameside Hackathon

Business News
Think you can create the next must have digital app like Pokemon Go? Are you aged 13 to 18? Looking for something to do in the school holidays?
If so, you’re just the person needed for Tameside’s first hackathon (youth hack) which takes place in the digital incubator at Ashton Old Baths on Tuesday, August  9, and Wednesday, August 10 (10am to 4.30pm).
Local digital businesses such as Purple and Banter are supporting the event meaning you could be spotted for your coding talents and everyone taking part will get the chance to attend a Greater Manchester-wide hack at the Sharp Project creative media hub in Newton Heath.
The free two-day hackathon, which has been organised as part of Tameside Council’s 16 for 2016 Every Child a Coder pledge, is a fun competition to test and challenge digital skills and creativity. There are lots of prizes on offer including Amazon vouchers and Raspberry PIs, so participants need to make sure they come prepared to have fun and be creative with their ideas.
Iain Jewitt from Purple said: “As a Tameside digital business we are looking forward to meeting young people who want to use their digital skills in a creative way, this event is a fantastic opportunity to put coding skills to practice in a fun, learning and competitive environment.”
You can register to come by yourself or with a team of up to four people. If you don’t come as part of a team they’ll be put together at the start of day one – and then it’s a case of picking a challenge and developing and presenting a working digital product or solution. Challenges and prizes have been announced on our webpage www.tameside.gov.uk/TamesideYouthHackathon
Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council’s executive member with responsibility for employment and skills, said: “This is a great way for young people to have fun and meet others who are interested in coding. There are lots of prizes and the hackathon takes place in our prestigious digital incubator at Ashton Old Baths.
“I would like to thank all the companies who have supported us in organising the two-day event.”
Taking part is easy. Simply register at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tameside-youth-hack-tickets-25427968739
Tameside Council is working closely with the borough’s schools such as West Hill, Stalybridge, who have already entered a team. We welcome individuals to register and be part of this creative digital event.
If you want to attend but have problems with travel we might be able to help. Call us on 0161 342 5138.
The event is sponsored by Tameside Reporter, Glossop Chronicle, O2 Ashton, Banter, Purple, Arcadis, Bradley’s Bakery, Active Tameside and Tameside and Glossop Care Together.

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