D211 Post: District 211 Students Compete in District’s First Hackathon

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         More than 100 students representing every school throughout Township High School District 211 competed in Code 211, the district’s first ever hackathon, hosted at Palatine High School, Jan. 19-20.  The event was filled with workshops and contests as students displayed a variety of coding abilities.   

            Dr. Daniel Cates, Township High School District 211 Superintendent, attended the two-day event and said he was impressed by talented and creative students.

            William Fremd High School senior Sean Kim, who helped organize the event,  said he was surprised by the overwhelming turn out.

            “I was honestly surprised that 22 groups ended up creating and presenting amazing projects,” Kim said.  “I originally expected eight or nine teams to present.”

            At the conclusion of the event, organizers chose the top three projects created during the weekend.  They included a Twitter bot which would allow the user to tweet a picture of a menu and receive a response listing the best nutrient to cost ratio, and a project which would allow users to engage in video calls which would provide a real-time transcript translated into different languages.

            Kim said the event was successful due to the support of the district.

            “It was an honor to work with the district to create an environment in which students could make amazing projects,” he said.  “This wouldn’t have been possible without the eagerness of Dr. Cates and our teachers.  With help from Mr. [Mike] Althur, PHS’s custodial staff, and Fremd and PHS’s IT departments, we were able to create an amazing event.”

            Kim added coordinators from all five schools are already looking forward to next year’s event.