Dream Project

November 7, 2019

iSchool Hackathon ReCap

This past spring, UW Dream Project and the Information School brought high school juniors and seniors to the UW for a “Hack for Social Good” hackathon. The event was organized and supported by the iSchool students, staff, and Dream Project student mentors. “Hack for Social Good” hackathon’s purpose was to promote a clear understanding of Informatics and careers in the technology industry. The students were challenged to design information and technology solutions to real-world problems. With student mentors from the iSchool and Dream Project paired with teams of high school students, the hackathon focused on creating a collaborative, inclusive environment for all students to brainstorm, prototype, and design solutions. At the end of the hackathon, all groups had the chance to share their solutions with each other. Groups had the freedom to choose a topic of their interests or choose from provided topics such as the school-to-prison pipeline and improving access to menstrual products for women and girls.

This was the first time that Dream Project partnered up with the iSchool and we look forward to continuing our partnership. This fall the Dream Project and iSchool are collaborating to put on a Tech Symposium that will introduce high school students to the tech industry and Informatics.