Woodbury: Student program to hold virtual hackathon on food insecurity

A student in the Random Acts of Kindness program

WOODBURY — Random Hacks of Kindness Jr. (RHoK Jr.) will host an upcoming virtual hackathon that focuses on food insecurity, which has become a global crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an announcement.

Marla Martin, from the Woodbury Community Services Council, will speak to the participants about the impact of the virus on the community’s food needs.

The program, which is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 30, from 9 a.m. to noon, is open to students in fourth through eighth grades. It is open to the public and requires no prior coding experience.

Using Zoom, students will work in pairs with mentors (students from CCSU’s Computer Science Club) to create prototype smartphone apps (using the online app block programming language, APP LAB from Code.org).

RHoK Jr.is an opportunity for high school and college students studying computer science to mentor and inspire young students while giving nonprofit groups a technological boost, the announcement said.

“Our events are geared to providing students with opportunities in computer programming in schools, after-school programs, and other settings,” Patrice Gans, founder and executive director, said. “Coding is more than a computer game,” she added. “Technology really has a purpose.”

Mentors and representatives from the nonprofit groups will also have the opportunity to educate the participating students about the work of their organizations. The goal of the event for the participating nonprofits, Gans said, is not fundraising or “free labor,” but technological innovation for the organizations.

Pre-registration is required. The registration fee is $10. Participants may register by going to RHoKJr’s website, www.rhokjr.org. For additional information, contact Gans at pbgans@rhokjr.org.

Connecticut Media Group