Harbor Hacks

In 2017, Digital Harbor Foundation’s very own Youth Steering Committee organized one of the first hackathons for youth, planned by youth.

DHF Harbor Hacks is an opportunity for young makers to collaborate together on innovative projects with the guidance of experienced tech mentors. This hackathon will be a weekend long event that will end with all teams presenting their products to a panel of judges and a public audience for review and feedback. The chosen winning teams will be based on multiple prize tracks including: Hardware, Software and Fan Favorite.



HARDWARE: Jean Carlos Zayas + Kaire Williams – BB8 robot

SOFTWARE: Maya Gaylord, Miranda Hull, Carrie Couch,and Liza Molotska for their interactive scratch game, Samventures.

HACKERS’ CHOICE: Dorian Smith and Ian Smith were selected for their creation of a website through which food suppliers and producers could donate surplus food items to people and organizations in need

Read more about the 2017 event in our blog recap: Baltimore Youth Participate in Inaugural Youth Hackathon at DHF

Story behind DHF Harbor Hacks

Several youth from DHF have been participating in local hackathons, including the 2015 and 2017 Baltimore Hackathon and the 2016 and 2017 Abilities Hackathon. They loved these events because they got to spend time alongside the Baltimore tech community for an entire weekend and work alongside them or in teams with them.

But they were always disappointed that more youth weren’t involved. When considering why more youth didn’t attend, our youth felt it was because there wasn’t a chance for them to get comfortable with hackathons by working with other youth. Our youth proposed hosting a youth-focused hackathon where youth from Baltimore could participate in a hackathon meant specifically for them to introduce them to the concept, but more importantly, to potential mentors in the tech community who would support them throughout the weekend.

Members of the Youth Steering Committee who organized Harbor Hacks 2017

Do I have to be a DHF Youth?

No, the DHF Harbor Hacks is open to all youth aged: 13-18.

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is a design sprint in which programmers and others involved in technology, including graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, and others, collaborate intensively on a project. Hackathons typically last between a day and a week (ours will be a weekend). Some hackathons are intended simply for educational or social purposes.

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