The event was part of an initiative to introduce students to the world of technology and programming, and encourage them to choose a technical career.
Belatrix Software, a leading software development company in Latin America, joined forces with Aconcagua University to hold an ambitious initiative to introduce high school students into the world of computer science college degrees.
The program organized a hackathon called “Tech-day.” Belatrix invited students in their final years of high school who have not had any formal training in software development. The students used Scratch, an educational platform designed by MIT to provide a stepping stone into computer programming. With guidance from Belatrix volunteers, the students were challenged to build a functional game by the end of the day.
Awards for those who completed the challenges included scholarships to study at the Aconcagua University.
“We are experiencing a paradox where the technology world is struggling to find people, but at the same time overall unemployment remains high. Companies need to hire more and more people with technical skills and programming abilities. But not enough young people are choosing these degrees, creating a gap between supply and demand.” shared Luis Robbio, CEO and Co-founder of Belatrix Software. “What we want to show with this initiative is how easy and fun programming can be and encourage students to start a career in technology”.