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Dec. 1, 2014 9:30 am

Digital Harbor Foundation gears up for fifth WebSlam

Middle and high school students will build actual websites for nonprofits and compete for $500 in prizes at the hackathon-style event.

Students working at the Digital Harbor Foundation WebSlam, October 2013.

(Photo by Eliot Pearson, via Twitter)

Teens will have the chance to flex their web development skills for a cause and win prizes in the Digital Harbor Foundation’s fifth WebSlam later this week.

The two-day event, open to 7th- through 12th-grade students, will be held Dec. 5 and 6 at the foundation’s tech center in Federal Hill. Registration is available online or by calling 443-681-9384.

“This is our fifth WebSlam, and we are excited to repeat the tremendous outcomes we’ve seen already — for students, parents, non-profits and community members,” Executive Director Andrew Coy said in a release. “Students are hungry for the opportunity to solve real-world problems for real clients in a hands-on hackathon experience. WebSlam is, essentially, an intensive and engaging Career Day for youth wanting to test drive a future in web development.”

Using real-world nonprofit scenarios, students work in teams to build websites at the hackathon-style event.

In 2013, Digital Harbor took the WebSlam concept to Philadelphia.

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Tyler Waldman

Tyler Waldman is a contributor for Technical.ly Baltimore. A Towson University graduate and former local editor for Patch.com, Tyler has also written and photographed for publications including the Baltimore Brew, Howard County Times and Towson Times. He lives in Charles Village.

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