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Now gearing up for its third year, the CoderDojo Indiana Youth Hackathon is Indiana's premiere youth coding event. Jam packed with coding challenges, games, and prizes, this day-long celebration of computer science has something to offer for youths of all levels of expertise. Registration for coders is available now. Just click on the Become a 2019 Coder button below and you are on your way to securing your ticket to learning and fun!


CDI Hackathon FAQs

What do kids do at the HACKATHON?

They can do coding challenges (problems) in either the block-based Scratch language or in the text-based Python, JavaScript or Ruby languages. New this year, they can create projects individually or in teams of up to three BEFORE the hackathon. Then, they can bring, show, and explain their projects at the hackathon. For those absolute newbies with little to no coding experience, the My First Dojo Event will be back.

How much does it cost to attend THE EVENT?

The CDI Hackathon is free to attend! We just ask that you register ahead so we can make sure we recruit enough volunteers to create a #CodeallyAwesome experience for all attendees.

How long IS the CDI Hackathon?

Our hackathon lasts approximately 6 hours.

  • 9am - Registration check in + Opening Ceremonies

  • 10am - Challenges + My First Dojo + CoderDojo 101 for Parents

  • Noon - Lunch + Project Expo setup

  • 12:30 - Project Expo

  • 2:00 - Awards + Closing Ceremonies


What is a hackathon, anyway?

A hackathon is an event during which a large number of people meet to participate in collaborative computer programming. At the CoderDojo Indiana Hackathon, we bring kids together to show their coding skills, share their projects, and just have a great time with a bunch of other like-minded kids.

What should kids do to prepare for the CDI Hackathon?

Kids will get an idea of how they can prepare when they register. Additional prep instructions will be made available before the hackathon. If they want to prep before then, they should join their local CoderDojo for help in creating cool projects today!

How do kids win awards at the CDI Hackathon?

We give awards in four categories at our hackathon: Excellence, Innovation, Determination, and Collaboration. Those last three categories are based on your attitude at the event - not how many points you score. Specific information about our 2019 awards will be released after our registration goes live!