Back-to-School Code-A-Thon 2017


Join us January 20-22nd, 2017. Registration is now open! Limited seats available. Get yours today!

When: JANUARY 20-22, 2017 

Locations:

  • Brooklyn, NY: St. Joseph High School

  • Midtown Manhattan, NY: Microsoft Flagship Store, 5th Ave

  • Harlem, NY: SITE TBD

  • Darby, PA: Penn Wood Middle School

  • Perth, Australia: Iluka Resources LTD

  • Kathmandu, Nepal: Ullen's School

  • El Salvador: SITE TBD

THE BACK-TO-SCHOOL CODE-A-THON IS A CONSECUTIVE 48 HR EVENT DURING WHICH STUDENTS WILL LEARN HOW TO BUILD A WEBSITE USING HTML5, CSS, JAVA AND AZURE, MICROSOFT'S CLOUD COMPUTING PLATFORM. STUDENTS WILL GAIN VALUABLE SKILLS THAT CAN BE TAKEN OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM AND AID THEM IN ENTERING THE WORKFORCE LATER IN LIFE. 

During the weekend-long code-a-thon, students will learn valuable 21st century workforce and problem solving skills. Students are given and taught to use the tools to create a website that offers a solution to a global issue facing the human race. We hope this experience inspires students and allows them to have fun while learning.

Prizes, giveaways, important discussions from industry professionals, exciting sponsors, and, yes, education will all be part of our Code-a-thon! Registration for this event is now open! 

This is a one of a kind event that you will not want to miss! If you would like more information, please contact us at events@we-connect-the-dots.org.

Partners and Sponsors

Higher Education Sponsors

For information on becoming a sponsor for the International Back to School Code-A-Thon, contact us at donate@we-connect-the-dots.org, or by calling (631) 468-7475. Click HERE for a look at sponsor benefits for 2017. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT ARE THE OFFICIAL DATES AND TIMES OF THE CODE-A-THON?

The Code-a-thon runs from 4:30PM Friday, January 20th to 4:30 PM Sunday, January 22nd. The event runs through the full 48 hours and students will stay on site the whole time. 

HOW ARE STUDENT TEAMS CHOSEN FOR THE EVENT?

Student teams are chosen based on an algorithm that we have developed which sorts students based on age, location, skill level, ability, and gender. This ensures a diverse team with a wide array of talents. Students do not form their own teams, but are placed on teams arranged by We Connect the Dots.

WHAT SHOULD STUDENTS BRING TO THE CODE-A-THON?

Students should bring two day's worth of clothing, toiletries (toothbrush, soap, toothpaste, washcloth, towel, deodorant etc.), comfortable clothing,  a sleeping bag, pillow and a laptop. Students may also wish to bring a headset or earbuds to listen to presentations and speeches broadcast over the internet. Check out this short Sway for more information.

ARE STUDENTS ALLOWED TO SLEEP?

Of course they are! We encourage students to get properly rested during the Code-a-thon.  Lights out is at midnight on Friday and Saturday evening, most students are resting prior to lights out time. Code-a-thon locations will provide space for students to sleep safely and comfortably.

WHY DO STUDENTS HAVE TO STAY ON SITE FOR THE FULL 48HRS?

Being with their teammates and working together is very important to the overall success of the students' projects. Splitting the team apart not only derails the team's progress and slows them down, but it interrupts their creative process. We want students to be able to focus on their projects without having to worry about how they will get back and forth to the event, or how long their other teammates will not be around.

IS THERE ANYTHING THAT IS NOT ALLOWED AT THE CODE-A-THON?

Yes, students may not bring any food or drinks, including snacks, into the event. All foods and beverages will be provided by the organization. Please refer to our Participant Code of Conduct, located on page 7 of our Code-a-thon Information Packet for more information.

How is this program funded?

So glad you asked! We rely on sponsors, donors and fundraising in order to fund our programs. If you would like to help support the code-a-thon, you can become a fundraiser for We Connect The Dots, or take part in the effort to educate the world's students by becoming a sponsor. For more information, please contact us at donate@we-connect-the-dots.org or visit we-connect-the-dots.org/donate to make a contribution.


Check out student's work from last year

The first code-a-thon in January of 2016 was huge success, which can be seen in the work produced by our students. If you are interested in hosting a location, sponsoring or volunteering for January 20-22nd 2017 CLICK HERE, fill out the form, and someone from our team will reach out to discuss further.

During the 2016 program, students invested in their futures by spending their entire weekend learning invaluable technology skills.  With the support of Microsoft and our host partners students learned how to code with HTML5 and Javascript, while learning how to utilize Microsoft Azure to build websites, and Github to store projects for portfolio development, providing students a unique way to stand out when applying for internships, college applications, and job interviews.  The program was about getting students out of their comfort zones to learn 21st century workforce skills.  

Competing in diverse teams, students worked to explore global issues and create a functional website that offered a solution to a human problem. This weekend was not just about learning to code, it was also about learning to work in teams, solve complex problems, cross collaborate, communicate across time zones and cultures, and most importantly meet new friends and have fun while learning.

Check out all of the student projects below and see our top three projects selected by a panel of judges.

Congratulations to our 2016 Student project winners!

Click the LInks Below the Photos to See Student Projects from Each Location.

We Connect The Dots is an innovative nonprofit organization located in Long Island, New York. At WCTD, we provide students ages 13-18 access to emerging technologies like 3D printing, robotics, cybersecurity learning, artificial intelligence, augmented reality development, Mobile and web development, engineering principles, and education across an array of different disciplines. At WCTD, we establish partnerships with diverse industries to stay current and provide students with connections to industry leaders.