WRITTEN BY ABHINAV MADAHAR
Last weekend, Millburn High School hosted its second hackathon, hackMHS II.
With almost two hundred attendees, it was the second largest high school hackathon in New Jersey; people came in from not only different parts of New Jersey, but from New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland as well.
At its core, a hackathon is a programming competition, but there’s so much more to them. Hackathons are as much about having fun as they are about winning prizes– if not more! The hackathon community has grown quickly in the past few years under the guidance of Major League Hacking (MLH), the official hackathon league. HackMHS II, like most other hackathons, had many events and activities, like karaoke and cup-stacking. It also hosted several video game tournaments such as Super Smash Bros Melee and Hearthstone.
Hackathons like hackMHS are great places to learn programming! HackMHS II had almost a dozen mentors who collectively knew Android programming, iOS programming, web development, data science, and more! People can go in teams together and help each other out or ask a mentor for help.
The hackMHS team is now finishing up the work for hackMHS II and will soon start preparation for hackMHS III, taking place in 2017. The hackMHS team hopes everyone will come next year!