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High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC): Closing Keynote

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Building Community with Student-Driven Education

Major League Hacking (MLH) is the official student hackathon league that empowers student leaders to run 250 weekend-long hackathons per year hosted at universities and high schools around the world. These hackathons, or invention marathons, are attended annually by more than 70,000 students with mixed technical and non-technical backgrounds. The main goal of a hackathon is to create something new over a limited time period – typically 24-36 hours. Hackathon projects, or ‘hacks’ can come in the form of websites, mobile applications, robots, and more. In partnership with major sponsors, MLH was created as a B-Corp and has grown as a mission driven, student focused community. Jon Gottfried, co-founder of MLH and recent inductee for the Forbes 30 Under 30 Education list, will share lessons learned, strategies, and best practices for project-based learning and community building opportunities led by students and how educators can learn from this grassroots movement.

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High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC): Closing Keynote

  1. 1. Last year, more than 65,000 students gave up their weekends & free time to learn something new instead.
  2. 2. Build something cool & share it with the world.
  3. 3. Your students are taking their educations into their own hands at MLH hackathons and club meetings
  4. 4. Building Community With Student-Driven Education
  5. 5. 1 2 3 4 5 Table of Contents Introduction to MLH Who am I? Five Lessons from Hackers Takeaways »
  6. 6. Hi, I’m JON GOTTFRIED CO-FOUNDER Major League Hacking @JonMarkGo I’M A HACKER
  7. 7. Hackers are “Problem Solvers”. Developers, designers, makers, etc.
  8. 8. Major League Hacking’s (MLH) mission is to empower hackers. That’s why we became a Certified B Corporation in 2016.
  9. 9. Activities & Content for Student Hacker Clubs.
  10. 10. The Official Student Hackathon League. 65,000 Attendees 12,000 Projects 240 Global Events 1 Community
  11. 11. Hackathons are weekend-long invention competitions. “ ” — Jon Gottfried
  12. 12. Hackers arrive from nearby schools.
  13. 13. Teams hack all weekend.
  14. 14. At the end, teams demo their projects.
  15. 15. 1 2 3 4 5 Table of Contents Introduction to MLH Who am I? Five Lessons from Hackers Takeaways »
  16. 16. When I got started, hackathons were mainly an ivy league phenomenon.
  17. 17. I wanted to be a history teacher, not a programmer.
  18. 18. This is me at my 1st hackathon in 2011.
  19. 19. I thought programming wasn’t for me.
  20. 20. A friend dragged me to Music Hack Day.
  21. 21. Musicians, artists, creative people.
  22. 22. Everyone can be a hacker.
  23. 23. My story is not unique. This community is changing lives every single day.
  24. 24. You don’t learn to hack by listening, you learn to hack by doing.
  25. 25. I am gaining skills at hackathons that I am not getting in the classroom. “ ” Source: MLH Attendee Survey, December 2016 88% of Students agree…
  26. 26. 1 2 3 4 5 Table of Contents Introduction to MLH Who am I? Five Lessons from Hackers Takeaways »
  27. 27. MEET PETER & DONALD. #1
  28. 28. It was nerve-racking.
  29. 29. So. many. tabs.
  30. 30. The crowd loved it.
  31. 31. At hackathons, I was using Project Based Learning. In class, I was memorizing & repeating key terms.
  32. 32. School is 80% memorization & 20% problem solving.   Real life is 20% memorization & 80% problem solving.
  33. 33. MEET STEF. #2
  34. 34. Stef didn’t consider herself a hacker.
  35. 35. But she was a talented artist.
  36. 36. She had a lot of support.
  37. 37. She built something amazing.
  38. 38. Hackathons rely on peer instruction, rather than standard lectures.
  39. 39. MEET BEN. #3
  40. 40. Ben was prolific.
  41. 41. I saw him at BrickHack.
  42. 42. Something was different.
  43. 43. A homemade self-driving car.
  44. 44. At MLH hackathons & workshops, students have access to the latest & greatest technologies.
  45. 45. of hackers use the MLH Hardware Lab at events.70% Source: MLH Attendee Survey, December 2016
  46. 46. MEET CONRAD, ARI, NICK, & VEERAL. #4
  47. 47. Every weekend, another iOS app.
  48. 48. People started to notice them.
  49. 49. Acquired by Apple.
  50. 50. Professional Mentorship & Corporate Resources.
  51. 51. of hackers attend for professional mentorship.63% Source: MLH Attendee Survey, December 2016
  52. 52. Hundreds of companies, big & small support this movement every year… & many more.
  53. 53. MEET XYLA. #5
  54. 54. She solved her own problem.
  55. 55. People noticed her work.
  56. 56. Xyla kept pushing forward.
  57. 57. Hackathons are extremely Interdisciplinary.
  58. 58. of hackers are studying Computer Science.50% Source: MLH Attendee Survey, December 2016 Only
  59. 59. 1 2 3 4 5 Table of Contents Introduction to MLH Who am I? Five Lessons from Hackers Takeaways»
  60. 60. Student Hackers are an Authentic & Welcoming Community.
  61. 61. of hackers at any MLH hackathon are first timers.50% Source: MLH Attendee Survey, December 2016
  62. 62. The student hacker community is grass roots & student led.
  63. 63. Just 16% of Undergrad Computer Science students are Female in the USA. The average MLH Hackathon is 25% Female & that number is growing. Sources: Taulbee Survey (2015), MLH Attendee Survey (2015)
  64. 64. Hackathons are fun, Computer Science class isn’t. We need to change that.
  65. 65. How do you apply these lessons in your own classrooms?
  66. 66. Encourage your students to get involved in the student hacker community today. #1
  67. 67. Make your courses multi-disciplinary.#2
  68. 68. Give your students real world problems to solve.#3
  69. 69. Make your coursework open source and collaborative.#4
  70. 70. Trust your students to solve the right problems and be creative.#5
  71. 71. http://mlh.io/about
  72. 72. Happy Hacking! I tweet from @JonMarkGo. I email from jon@mlh.io.

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