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ABI.Houston FOSS Saturdays Code-a-thon

July 8, 2016 · 6:00 pm - July 9, 2016 · 6:00 pm

Join us for our monthly code-a-thon for high school girls with IBM. Food, prizes and mentors from IBM and ABI.Houston. Deadline: ROLLING.

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What is FOSS Saturdays?

FOSS Saturdays is an immersive, 2-day code-a-thon that will be held once a month.  At FOSS Saturdays you can learn how to code or sharpen our skills.  The program will last from July 2016 to October 2016.


What are the program dates?

FOSS Saturdays dates are July 8-9, August 5-6, September 9-10, and September 30-October 1.  The final date is at the Grace Hopper Conference Open Source Day on October 19 for winning teams!


How do I apply?

If you’re interested in being a part of the 2016 class, all you have to do is fill out this application.  Let us know what you want to learn about coding and why you think coding is fun.  This year, 27 students across the Houston area will be selected for the program.  Please click here for the 2016 application.


What does it take to be a FOSS Saturdays code ninja?

A love for learning.  If you’ve ever played with computers and just wondered how your favorite app was built or if you have an idea that you’ve been itching to see come to life, then this is for you!  You just have to be curious and not afraid to ask questions!


Who is eligible? 

High school girls are encouraged to apply.  You should be entering the 9th grade when you apply.  We will accept applicants all the way up to their last year in high school.  We always get the question, are middle school students welcome? The answer is just apply.  Our preference is for high school student, but we will consider your application, so don’t be afraid to apply.


What will I learn? 

You will learn how to develop a web application, design a web page, develop your program in an 8-hour period, pitch to a group of judges who will rate your idea and your team!


What is the agenda for the July event? 

We’ve attached an agenda for the July event.  This will change from month to month.

JULY 8-9 Agenda

July 8
18:00 – 20:00 Evening Reception & Screening of “CodeGirl”
july 9
 8:30 Registration & Breakfast
 9:00  ABI.Houston FOSS Saturdays Team Introduction

IBM BlueMix API Introduction

Team Assignments

 10:00 Let the coding begin!


 12:30 Lunch and BIO break
 1:30 Let the coding resume!
 4:00  Team Preliminary Presentations
 6:00 Dinner Break
 7:00  Project Submission Deadline
 7:00  Team 5-minute Pitch Presentations
 7:30  Mentor Feedback
 8:00  Month winners announced!
 8:00  Wrap up, photos

What else should I know? 

The winning teams will join us at the Grace Hopper Conference during the Open Source Day on October 19.  Each year, the Grace Hopper Conference for Celebration of Women in Computing attracts thousands of women technologists.  This year, they will be in Houston Texas and we want you to meet them and learn about careers in computing!


Who are our event sponsors?

Our thanks to IBM for supporting this program.  IBM has provided a generous grant for program development, enrichment and expansion.  With this program, IBM is creating additional opportunities for women in STEM.



July 8, 2016 · 6:00 pm
July 9, 2016 · 6:00 pm
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