Are your kids into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)? A fun, enriching and collaborative event is coming soon, and a perfect fit— iCodeHack is Saturday, April 16!

Elementary, middle and high school students have the opportunity to use creativity, problem solving and critical thinking skills in a challenging and exciting environment at the first ever hackathon designed for this age group. iCode4Kids, an organization that facilitates student achievement by raising awareness of STEM, is teaming up with leading educators, businesses and tech companies including AT&T, Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT), Fujitsu and Zimperium, to host the event at AT&T headquarters in downtown Dallas. The event is projected to bring 400 students from across the DFW Metroplex together to participate in a day of problem solving using computer science and engineering to tackle STEM and social challenges, based on their age and skill set.

iCodeHack registration is open online at icode4kids.org and the cost to participate is $20. iCode4Kids is the organization connected to iCode, the after-school and weekend program that offers STEM education to students in grades 1–12.

“We have been dreaming up this hackathon for the past year and are thrilled to finally see it come to fruition,” said iCode founder and CEO Abid Abedi. “We are thankful for our partners who have helped us make it a reality, and we can’t wait to get students involved and excited about the opportunities that STEM provides.”

The students will have six to 10 hours to complete the challenge at hand, and then each entry is reviewed by a panel of judges made up of tech industry influencers. Winners will be given prizes such as scholarships and other gifts. Throughout the day, iCodeHack will also feature keynote sessions from iCode’s Abedi, AT&T’s senior vice president of distribution and channel marketing and iCode board member, Abhi Ingle, and several more leaders in the community.

“AT&T is honored to host this event. We are passionate about giving students at an early age the access and exposure to the skills they need to become future tech leaders,” said Ingle. “It will be a great day and I can’t wait to see the exciting solutions the participants come up with.” AT&T’s support of this initiative is part of the company’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, which drives innovation in education to ensure that all students have the skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. AT&T is offering its facility, volunteers (courtesy of OASIS employee resource group) and parking accommodations.

TAGT, The University of Texas at Dallas, Fujitsu and Zimperium are also sponsoring the event. Sponsorship opportunities are available in three levels ranging from bronze to gold that go toward the event and student scholarships.

iCodeHack

When: Saturday, April 16

Where: AT&T Headquarters at Whitacre Tower, 208 S. Akard, #110, Dallas, Texas 75202

Cost: $20. Purchase online at iCode4kids.org.

Colbea Smith

Colbea Smith is a young professional who grew up in Plano and loves the community she will always consider “home”. She is a proud alumna of Texas State University – Go Bobcats! – who spent most...