What brings hundreds of high schoolers across the country together for 24 technology fueled hours? Code Day of course! Anthony and Tristan were live on the scene, watching young minds work on whatever projects they could think of (and maybe play a little Xbox too!)
Code Day is a 24-hour event where students who are interested in technology pitch different ideas, group around them, and build out the idea or game. Code Day is put on by StudetntRND in Seattle, but has locations in over 20 states and thousands of students across the country all working on their ideas, all on the same day! Some of the students were in their first years of college working adjacent to high schoolers 5th & 6th graders, even the main organizer was just out of school.
The projects ranged from iphone and android apps, social networking ideas, tangible electronics with arduinos and the like, and of course, games. During the presentations everyone highlighted the features of their projects as well as what they learned in the last 24 hours. Mostly the projects turned out to be various games that involved internet memes or historical figures in combat, but there were several projects using some of the sponsored APIs. We awarded a prize to a team who worked on a scrabble-esque word making game that made use of our Longman dictionary API.
Code Day will be back again in the fall, so look for another update then!