The First Ever Valley-Wide Hackathon was a Success!
Weslaco, TX - Code RGV, Inc. & Weslaco EDC thank this year’s Hackathon participants.
This past weekend marked the first ever Valley-wide Hackathon! Teams competed in a 29-hour competition, bringing their ideas and creative energy to the table.
Each team worked on projects that would eventually help the Rio Grande Valley have better access to information such as city-to-city bus routes, the establishment of an organization that connects donors with specific donations to the right people in need, and statistical information about the RGV community.
Through the financial support of RGV HIE, and Trinity MEP Engineering of Weslaco, the three winning teams were awarded prizes for their hard work and contribution to the community. The “You’re Fantastic” award went to Team Hackateers, who worked on compiling Cameron County data into an easy to access website. The team will continue building out the website so that the community can find detailed information via the internet.
The second “You’re Fantastic” award went to Team Techie Guppies, whose website and accompanying app will enable local organizations to post specific donation needs to ensure that families and individuals receive the most helpful donations possible.
The “Best Overall” award went to Team Cyber Command, the Rembrandt Secondary Vanguard Academy High School student group who plotted bus routes throughout the Valley. This information will be presented to local municipalities for them to provide these routes to residents.
“The experience was really good. The team I worked with was open and helpful, and I got to learn about the front end and back end. The organizers were really helpful too," said participant Donica Landa, who also said she would happily participate in a future hackathon.
Matthew Lewis, another participant in the hackathon said that the experience was “fun, inspiring, and a great learning experience. I would do it again.”
“The partnership between Code RGV and the Weslaco EDC is about creating jobs and increasing the skill levels of a ready workforce,” says Marie McDermott, Executive Director for the EDC of Weslaco. “Technology-related industries looking at Weslaco to grow and expand need to know that we have a highly trained and skilled workforce ready to go.”
Winning Cyber Command Team picture the four students from Rembrandt Secondary- designed an application for users to able to view and track the location of the Valley Metro Buses.