February 5, 2015
In the film Blackhat, actor Chris Hemsworth plays an imprisoned computer hacker who can secure his own release if he helps the FBI stop the code he once helped create.
But unlike Hollywood films, some hackers use various coding languages, creatively, for social innovation. Hackathons bring hundreds of computer programmers together to learn and build new skills. The results of these “hacks” can solve daily problems or have a wide social impact.
“It’s amazing to see the programming challenges students overcome by working collaboratively,” said computer science student Aashni Shah, an executive organizer of U of T Hacks. “By developing software in teams, and especially in large groups at hackathons, you notice things you might have otherwise missed – like that semicolon you need for your program to work.”
University of Toronto computer science students organized U of T Hacks, a 36-hour hackathon to challenge programmers from U of T and other universities, colleges and high schools. Now in its second year, U of T Hacks accepted 500 students from more than 1,350 applications, making it the largest hackathon for U of T.
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