Digital Learning

Breaking Down the Gender Divide with Hackathons

Getting non-techie types interested in Computer Science can be a real challenge, but it’s not impossible. Adrian Porter shows how a hackathon initiative has taken off, making the subject relevant, fun and personal to a much more diverse group.

Twenty-something pupils in a room, one evening after school, all talking about coding. Yes, coding, and solving problems. Hunched over their laptops, the light from the screens illuminating their faces and having fun. Fuelled by their own imagination and, OK, pizza and cola! Yes, this was our own hackathon and we were very proud of how well it was going.

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