TroyHack events aims to educate tech experts, newcomers alike

January 14, 2020

The Troy University Computer Science Club is hosting TroyHack, TROY’s first Hackathon, Jan. 17-19 in Patterson Hall on the Troy Campus.

TroyHack is a weekend full of mentorship from experts in the computer science field, networking with companies and workshops to learn new technological skills that could be helpful for a TROY student in their future career.

“We are just trying to connect people with technology and connect students with potential employers,” said Alex Vakhno, a member of the Computer Science Club and an organizer of the event. “Hackathons are a popular practice in a lot of universities.”

This conference for the tech-savvy and tech-deficient will provide new information for all experience levels to learn something new about the devices that play a significant role in society. 

According to the event website, no previous experience is required and “all academic backgrounds” are welcome to attend.

“I honestly have no idea what I’m getting myself into,” said TROY student Gabriela Prieto. “I’m going because it’s something that I don’t know and I’m all about learning new things.”

The Hackathon will have free food, games and prizes, as well as collaborative activities — coding, website building and app design are just a few examples of skills and projects students can master. Students can either form a team themselves or find their teammates at the team-finding workshop.

“Companies are sponsoring Hackathons in search of young talents,” Vakhno said.

The program is free to TROY students and there is still time to register.

Students interested in participating in the event can view the schedule of the weekend on the TroyHack website.