January 26, 2023

Holberton Tulsa School Launches Black Futures ‘Hackathon’

Coding school, Holberton Tulsa, has partnered with non-profit organization Urban Coders Guild to launch the Black Futures Hackathon. 

Hackathons are social coding event that brings computer enthusiasts together. The event – usually hosted by a tech organization – plays a massive role in bringing together the tech community to help solve the most technical problems. 

To celebrate Black history, students and families will have the opportunity to learn and honor Black tech history-makers. In addition, students will have 12 hours to build and code their robots through various challenges. 

“We’re excited to host our first student hackathon with the Urban Coders Guild to help inspire Tulsa’s next generation of computer scientists,” said Libby Ediger, CEO of Holberton Tulsa, in an interview

“Consistent with our learn-by-doing model, we are bringing together a diverse group of students to collaborate with Urban Coders Guild instructors and Holberton students to work on a coding project.” 

No prior coding experience is needed to participate in the Black Future Hackathon. Students who have never designed their robots will leave the event with transferable skills they can take anywhere with them. 

Both platforms are committed to building a pipeline to get more Black and brown people into the industry. Additionally, the initiative aims to expose students to new skills and challenges.  

Read: Damilola Awofisayo Is The Black Teen Behind TecHacks’ Hackathons

According to Mikeal Vaughn, founder and executive director of Urban Coders Guild, the event has been designed to honor students and their computer science journeys so they can go on to create generational wealth. 

Applications are open on Holberton Tulsa’s website for anyone interested. 

Kumba Kpakima

Kumba Kpakima is a reporter at POCIT. A documentary about the knife crime epidemic in the UK got her a nomination for the UK's #30toWatch Young Journalists of the Year.