Decode Hackathon Will Bring Students and Software Developers Together

Decode is the brand new hackathon in New Orleans designed to connect students and professional software developers around project management, coding, and design thinking.

Operation Spark, host of the hackathon, wants to create a space for students to meet and work with specialists to problem solve around issues relevant to their community, such as employment or obtaining job training skills. Beginning March 17, students will work with participating developers to develop a mobile application around these issues.

The event will engage more than 100 aspiring software developers from public high schools throughout the area. Students will present their projects to a panel on Monday, March 20 at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.

“We hope to demonstrate how designers and engineers can come together with student to work on projects that positively impact their communities through software prototyping,” shared Operation Spark.

Operation Spark is a New Orleans-based non-profit code school that helps low opportunity individuals get jobs in tech. The organization is working with local technology company 365 Connect for Decode.

“We are excited to have 365 Connect participate in our Decode Hackathon Event,” said John Fraboni, CEO of Operation Spark. “This event aligns with our coding boot camp mission where we empower low-opportunity young adults with software development skills so they can enter into high wage careers. 365 Connect continues to be a strong supporter of the technology community as well as the future of our city, and its youth.”