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Teen Hackathon

Over the course of two days, more than 20 teens ages 14-18 explored technology design, innovation, creativity and application development at the Wichita Public Library's first Teen Hackathon.

On Saturday, July 27, teens were placed into small groups and selected a topic for their projects. The goal for the teens was to create an app or other tech-based service that measured a healthy habit or health issue teens face today. Throughout the day, the teens used Library services and resources, and worked alongside mentors and tech experts to create their projects.

The program culminated on Sunday, July 28 with presentations to three judges: Seth Etter (DevICT), Becky Tuttle (Wichita City Council, District II) and Victor Okwo (Sedgwick County Health Department). After presentations and a Q&A with each team, judges awarded prizes to the top three teams.

1st Place: Team Johnson (application to help train all age levels how to properly administer CPR)

2nd Place: Team Hopper (application that tracks sleep patterns and habits)

3rd Place: Team Turing (application that tracks calorie intake and helps users sustain healthy eating habits through weekly tips and lists of healthy food)

Special Honoree: Team Babbage (application that connects survivors and victims of sexual abuse to dispatchers and other victims for emotional support)

Special Honoree: Team Lovelace (application that helps individuals with mental health disorders seek help)

Upcoming Tech Classes for Teens

Second Saturday of Code: Code This Game!
Begins Saturday, September 14, 2:30-4 p.m., Advanced Learning Library
Make it! Code it! Break it! Mod it! We will use Meg Ray's Code This Game! to help young coders program and create their very own video game. This self-paced series will provide structure and support to young coders as they create an action strategy game using the Python , an open-source programming language. Registration for the entire series (September-December) is required beginning August 31. Call (316) 261-8516 or register online.

Game Development with Ren'Py
Begins Saturday, September 21, 1-3 p.m., Advanced Learning Library
Use visual novel engine Ren'Py to create your own interactive story. No prior coding experience is needed. Comfort with the keyboard, mouse and using the computer to create digital art is essential. This is a four-part series meeting September 21, October 5 & 19 and November 2. Registration is required for the whole series. Call (316) 261-8500 or register online.

a group of teens working on their project in a collaboration room
teens speaking with library staff
a teen at a laptop working on a project
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