Generation of 'hackers'
THE Hacking Generation Y hackathon in Jamaica last weekend showcased the coding skills of local high school students who had the challenge of spending 30 hours creating computer applications in a competition that attracted more than 52 participants, ranging in age from 13 to 23 years.
The winning team designed an app that gives students the opportunity to seek internships in order to receive first-hand experience in their chosen career field.
The number two team created the Blind Sight Sight App which uses the GPS and vibration features of the pebble smart watch to guide blind people.
Hacking Generation Y was formed in 2014 to promote youth entrepreneurship through collaborative learning. It staged the first event in Silicon Valley, California and is now an international movement, with hackathons planned for Israel and India in June this year.