Fox Chapel Area Students Host Pittsburgh's First High School Hackathon

Three Fox Chapel Area High School students have organized Pittsburgh’s first high school hackathon – FCHacks sponsored by Eaton. A hackathon is a day-long competition where teams of students who are interested in computer science and/or engineering build a project from scratch. Hardware and software projects can include apps, drones, games, robots, and more. In the past, hackathons have been geared only to college students, but Fox Chapel Area students wanted to offer this opportunity to high schoolers.

FCHacks will include mentors from universities and tech companies around the region. There will be workshops, lunch and snacks, and materials available for use (such as robotics kits and 3D printers). A science fair-style expo will also be part of the experience, as well as an awards ceremony at the end of the event where prizes will be awarded for the best projects, as well as a special prize for beginners. Students do not need computer science experience in order to participate.

Fox Chapel Area High School’s Hackathon is being organized by seniors Mihir Garimella and Bliss Uribe and junior Andreas Paljug.

FCHacks is open to all interested students in grades 8-12 and is free for all attendees, thanks to a sponsorship by Eaton. More than 75 students from around Pittsburgh will be attending and it will be held Saturday, March 25, 2017, from 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. at Fox Chapel Area High School. For more information and to sign up, visit www.fchacks.io.

About Eaton, FCHacks’ Title Sponsor
Eaton is a power management company with 2016 sales of $19.7 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical power more efficiently, safely, and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 95,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information visit www.eaton.com.