Shooting Stars organizes – “Aspirant Star Hacks” programs for high school students , mostly, underrepresented minority communities and girls.
- There is a critical need in these communities for STEM education
- These hackathons provide a safe space for these communities to experiment in technology which they lack access to
- These communities get exposed to professional mentors on the hackathon days giving them a possibility of what is out there in the tech world
- The hackathons provide a non traditional way of learning technology which otherwise is an intimidating experience for these communities, since these are organized by high schoolers
NetScout Hackathon, San Jose, Sep 2018
The very first Shooting Stars Civic Hackathon was organized at NetScout Systems , San Jose. Thanks for the generous sponsorship of Netscout systems, where we hosted about 70 high school students to participate in the hackathon. This was done in collaboration with teenhacks.org. There were about 30+ students who were first time hackers and they were mentored both with a brainstorming session as well as corporate employees who helped with the activities. A broad range of criteria were considered during judging the social impact apps that were created by the students and numerous exciting prizes were awarded !