Upper School

Senior Wins Techathon Award

Northwest senior Rebecca C. was one of three winners out of fifty contestants at the third annual TeenTechWA Techathon, on Nov. 11. The techathon, which is commonly referred to as a hackathon, is open to middle and high school students in the greater Seattle area. Participants work to address a civic issue with a technological solution.

Rebecca's proposal was a Google Chrome extension, which would broaden visitors' perspectives on current issues in the news. The extension would gather social media posts from Twitter and Facebook and pair the articles with a broad range of sources. For example, a story about a Senate decision would include articles from both liberal and conservative media sources.

"I'm really interested in politics, and this is an issue of partisan news is what I want to address," says Rebecca, who had never attended a techathon before. "I learned that computer science isn't just about the technical knowledge. It is just as important to have a good idea and learn how to convey that idea to people."

Participants at the techathon don't unveil a final product. They present a working prototype, which they then pitch to a panel of judges who determine the winner. Rebecca was able to code her idea with the help of mentors at the techathon.

Her next step is to create a video of her project and submit it for the TeenTech World Pitch, a global competition.