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Mar. 26, 2019 7:53 am

Catch OwlHacks, a 12-hour hackathon by and for college students, this weekend

Organized by students from Temple University, OwlHacks is equal parts hackathon, conference and career fair.
Temple students inside a computer lab.

Temple students inside a computer lab.

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Some 300 students from Temple University and a half dozen other colleges around the Northeast Corridor will band together for a 12-hour hackathon sprint this Saturday, March 30.

The first-ever OwlHacks is organized by students from the Temple chapters of the Association for Computing Machinery, Association for Computing Machinery’s Women Chapter and TUDev, Temple’s community of hackers and makers.

Equal parts hackathon, career fair and conference for young technologists, the event looks to lift Temple’s profile as a tech hub.

“One goal is to raise the technical status of the school,” said organizer Allie Hart, a student herself. “We want to bring together students from other universities and build our college up in the ranks in the eyes of the collegiate community in general.”

Hart, a 24-year-old Downingtown native, is a senior studying information science and technology at Temple, with a certification in computer security and digital forensics. Aside from the hackathon and technical conferences happening throughout the day, Hart says the job fair element will help chart their next steps out of college.

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