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Hip Hop Hacktivist is a free social coding event targeting youth. Our primary goal is to use
the appeal and influence of the hip-hop culture to introduce the tech industry and its
opportunities to young people
 belonging to minority and underrepresented groups.

ABOUT OUR EVENTS

Four to five students work in teams supported by two professional software engineers and one professional designer. Students work together to brainstorm an idea for a web or mobile app based on the event's theme. Students will utilize teamwork, effective communication, time-management, and all the necessary skills involved in building a successful product. Designers will assist students in sketching ideas out and wire framing. After the ideation stage, developers will bring the students’ ideas to life. Participants will also work together to create a four minute presentation that describes and demonstrates their idea. Prizes will be awarded to the top three groups based on the originality of the idea, quality of the presentation and the suitability of their idea to the event's theme.

The event will also include a music showcase and a panel that involves a conversation between a music professional and a tech professional discussing the great opportunities that careers in tech provide.
 

Check out the video below for highlights from our most recent event! 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a social coding event? 

A social coding event is an event where programmers and designers collaborate over a short period of time to create a new mobile / web application. Social coding events typically last anywhere from 24 hours to a few days and usually revolve around a theme.

Who can attend?

Hip Hop Hacktivist is open to students in their freshman, junior, sophomore or senior year in high school who have limited or no programming experience.

How much does this cost?

This event is absolutely free! We’ll provide meals and swag.

 

I don’t have a laptop. Can I attend?

Yes! You’ll be placed in groups with professional designers and developers who will provide the equipment needed to execute your ideas.

What if I don’t know how to code?

You can still participate. Bring your creativity and imagination! Your design and development mentors will guide you through the whole process.

What’s the application deadline?

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THE Team

BRYAN BETHEA FOUNDER

BRYAN BETHEA
FOUNDER

AKASHA ARCHER OPERATIONS MANAGER

AKASHA ARCHER
OPERATIONS MANAGER

WESNIE MARCELIN HACKER EXPERIENCE TEAM

WESNIE MARCELIN
HACKER EXPERIENCE TEAM

CRAIG DEJEAN HACKER EXPERIENCE TEAM

CRAIG DEJEAN
HACKER EXPERIENCE TEAM

ASIA GIBSON HACKER EXPERIENCE TEAM

ASIA GIBSON
HACKER EXPERIENCE TEAM

SAMANTHA BRETOUS HACKER EXPERIENCE TEAM

SAMANTHA BRETOUS
HACKER EXPERIENCE TEAM

ESMERELDA REYES HACKER EXPERIENCE TEAM

ESMERELDA REYES
HACKER EXPERIENCE TEAM

CHANICE ST. LOUIS HACKER EXPERIENCE TEAM

CHANICE ST. LOUIS
HACKER EXPERIENCE TEAM