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Lateral Empowers Students To Become Software Development Leaders In The Back To School Hackathon

Lateral Empowers Students To Become Software Development Leaders In The Back To School Hackathon

Lateral | 10/02/2016
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Lateral Empowers Students To Become Software Development Leaders In The Back To School Hackathon
This year Lateral partnered with We Connect the Dots and Iluka Resources for the Back-To-School Hackathon to teach students how to raise awareness for environmental issues through software development. 
A hackathon is a collaborative event where people come together to develop software and test out new ideas. In January, students aged between 13 and 17 from New York and Perth came together to participate in this year's Back-To-School Hackathon. 

The Back To School Hackathon was hosted by New York-based non-profit organisation ‘We Connect The Dots’ with the aim to empower young students to become leaders in computer science and explore computing. 

Lateral developers supported the Hackathon by working with the students at the Iluka office to create websites using Microsoft’s Azure platform, as well as teaching the students the basics in HTML5 and Javascript. Working with the Lateral developers, the students were able to gain valuable insight into the process of commercial software development. 

The winning Perth teams, Hydrosphere and the GreenTeam, won a half day workshop with Lateral’s senior developers at their Subiaco office to work on their personal projects. The students were coached on-on-one and were taught how to successfully evolve and launch their projects into the public space.

About the Winning Projects
Hydrosphere developed a social networking site to highlight ocean pollution and provide ways that we can help save sea-life by creating clean waterways.

GreenTeam’s project, ViewShare, revolves around providing a way for people to be aware of and donate to natural disaster relief efforts. 

Lateral’s partnership with the Hackathon was part of our continued dedication to improving the community, building better ties between education and business and working towards building a better future.

We’re sure all Hackathon participants have bright futures ahead of them and we can’t wait to see what they do next!

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Top Left: The winners of the development prize. Top Right: The Lateral Team. Bottom Left and Right: Students involved in the Back to School Hackathon at the Illuka Office.  

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