High school students invited to Hacktivate Mesa

January 9, 2019 at 1:38 pm

Are you a high school student interested in tackling big community challenges using data, technology, video and collaboration? If so, then Hacktivate Mesa is for you! Hactivate Mesa is a two-day experience for students where the City of Mesa invites teams to dissect, study and present finding on datasets covering a range of topics. Teams will present their finding to a panel of judges and the winners will receive cool prizes.

The topics include:

o Homelessness
o Opioid epidemic
o Health and safety
o Sustainability
o Recycling
o Downtown activation

"This is a great opportunity for students interested in data, patterns and trends and what those items suggest about a particular community issue," Evan Allred, Mesa Data Governance Administrator said. "Hacktivate Mesa helps promote data science, STEM, critical thinking, problem solving, presentation skills, community pride and so much more."

Hacktivate Mesa is Jan. 18 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St. Each day, participants will receive a free lunch, snacks, activity breaks and mentoring from industry professionals. Mayor John Giles and Mesa Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Ember Conley will help kick off Hacktivate Mesa at the Mesa Convention Center on Jan. 18.

Interested students can register at mesaaz.gov/hacktivate. The deadline to register is Tuesday, Jan. 15 at noon.