Virtual Hackathon


Shared goal(s): Support youth during out-of-school time activities


Due to COVID-19 and the global pandemic, MIT App Inventor had to cancel its annual Summit in August, 2020 in Cambridge, MA, where app inventors from around the world converge on the MIT campus to share and learn from each other. In place of the Summit, the App Inventor team decided to run its first virtual hackathon, where individuals and teams from around the globe would work for one week creating apps to address a set of global issues. The App Inventor team has worked in the past with the Boston chapter of Black Girls Code to run in-person workshops, where young girls visit the MIT campus and learn how to make mobile apps. The App Inventor team were eager to include Black Girls Code members in the hackathon, but realized that for many, a hackathon would be a new and intimidating event. To encourage and support them, App Inventor offered two sets of 3 day virtual workshops to introduce the girls to the App Inventor tool, and to teach them how to make mobile apps. The goals was also to explain what a hackathon is, and to encourage the girls to take on the challenge and participate.

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Lead organization partners: Black Girls Code, MIT App Inventor

Kinds of organization: Direct Service Non-profit Organization, For-profit Company

Participant population: Youth (Ages 14-17 or Grades 9-12), Youth (Ages 5-13 or Grades K-8)

Youth development support targetted: Out-of-School Time Academic Enrichment/Extended Learning

Primary funding source: Corporate Sponsorship (including in-kind donations, matching gifts, volunteer program), Private Philanthropic Foundation



Timeframe: Summer 2020

Location: Massachusetts

Total capacity: 66

Health and safety: Not applicable; We are not providing in-person supports.

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