Hopeworks Spring Hackathon Brings Tech Skills to Camden Youth

Camden students work on coding new computer programs at Hackathon.

CAMDEN, N.J. – High school students from throughout the city of Camden will have an opportunity to learn industry level technology skills at Hopeworks’ Spring Hackathon being held on Saturday, May 4th.

According to Hopeworks’ Executive Director Dan Rhoton, the goal of the Hackathon is to teach more Camden residents to code, and also to showcase Camden as a technology destination.

“When young people see Camden as a place to code, to build technology and to solve problems, everyone wins. That is the point of our Hackathons,” Rhoton said.

Hackathon, a day when students get hands-on computer coding experience from experts from across the technology field, started four years ago when Hopeworks youth wanted their little brothers and sisters to learn to code.

“When we realized that there was no outlet for that in Camden, the Hopeworks youth decided to do it themselves,” Rhoton added.

Hopeworks organized in 1999 with the goal of offering training to high school dropouts, according to their website. Today their focus is on education, technology, and entrepreneurship, providing a “positive, healing atmosphere that propels young people to build strong futures and break the cycle of violence and poverty in Camden,” according to their website.

Typically, the Hackathons have between 75-100 students each year, and we do them twice a year. Since its inception, that is about 700 students altogether.

Spring Hackathon will run from 9 am to 4 pm. For more information please contact Hopeworks at info@hopeworks.org.