Stetson University Greater Central Florida Tech Faire + HatterHacks Sparks Innovation

Computer coding is used to create apps and phones, robots and other gadgets with technology, which is one of the most important skills in the world today. The Greater Central Florida Tech Faire + HatterHacks at Stetson University, hosted by Stetson HackerSpace, the university’s official computer science club, is planting a technology-building seed by providing high school and college students with an opportunity to collaborate in computer science challenges and workshops, tech talks, a code competition, gaming tournament and other activities during its fourth annual spring hackathon.

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No coding experience is required for the free, three-day event, April 5-7, on the Stetson University DeLand campus. Participants will need to register and bring their own laptops. Complimentary food, drinks and parking will be provided.

The fun starts with a 12-hour Day of Learning on Friday, April 5, 7 p.m., at Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, 32723. The Day of Learning will be preparing hackers or builders for the hackathon by providing them with educational information during workshops and crash courses.

Next is a 24-hour HatterHacks hackathon, beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, at the Edmunds Center, 143 E. Pennsylvania Ave., DeLand, 32720. The hackathon concludes at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 7.

The Greater Central Florida Tech Faire + HatterHacks is sponsored by Electronic Arts, Electrosonic, the City of Orlando, Particle, Inc., Major League Hacking and Monster Beverage. The goal is to educate students about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and computer science during activities and workshops while providing them with the skills to create technology.

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