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Second Annual Youth and Diversity-Focused Hackathon Scheduled

(AUSTIN, Texas) — Huston-Tillotson University student leaders will host the only youth and diversity-focused hackathon in the United States that is 100 percent organized and operated by students of color.  The Second Annual <div> hackathon, scheduled March 12-13, 2016, on the Huston-Tillotson University campus at 900 Chicon Street, has a mission to assist millennials of color in recognizing that they can be more than consumers of technology—they too can be creators, innovators, and disruptors of tomorrow’s technology. More than 200 participants will engage in applications to disrupt the business, education, health and fitness, and entertainment sectors.

This year’s <div> hackathon will serve as an information and social capital conduit—a pipeline—connecting talent-seeking companies to 65 area high school and college students.  Teams will spend two days paired with mentors to build websites and develop mobile applications to solve problems in the sectors mentioned.  Last year’s winner during the inaugural hackathon created an app named “Pipeline” in 24 hours that aimed to solve the School-to-Prison Pipeline that impacts predominantly African American and Latino youths, in this country.

Huston-Tillotson University, located in the heart of East Austin, is home to diverse student population that is 70% African American, 19% Hispanic, 3.7% white and 4.5% international.

For more information, visit or contact Autumn Caviness, HT’s Interim Director, W.E.B. DuBois Honors Program, at 512.505.3163, 

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Hackathon – Inspiring Diversity Within Tech Space | March 12-13, 2016