Abbie Dewhirst and Vivian Tang with HackyMcHackFaceLead organizers Abbie Dewhirst (left) and Vivian Tang (right) congratulate members of the top-finishing team at WinHacks 2024, HackyMcHackFace, who shared a $400 prize.

Hackathon features computer skills and networking

WinHacks 2024, Feb. 17 and 18 in the Centre for Engineering Innovation, brought together more than 130 participants, volunteers, and sponsors from the Windsor-Essex tech community.

A weekend of collaboration, skill development workshops, and networking with $2,000 in prizes up for grabs, it was the first time the event has been held in person since its debut in 2020.

“Bringing WinHacks in-person for the first time is a milestone for the Windsor-Essex tech community. Hackathons provide opportunities for tech enthusiasts to collaborate, innovate, and solve real-world problems,” says Vivian Tang, fourth-year computer science student and co-lead WinHacks 2024 organizer.

“It’s important we continue investing in local tech talent to ensure WinHacks’ continued success in the years ahead.”

She and her co-lead Abbie Dewhirst are both fourth-year computer science students.

“WinHacks could not have been possible without the organizing team, volunteers, speakers, sponsors, and judges who helped make WinHacks a success,” Dewhirst says. “We’ve received a lot of positive feedback from hackers saying they’re already looking forward to next year’s hackathon.”  

More information on WinHacks, and photos from the weekend, can be found here.

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