LISTNet Hosts Hackathon at Hofstra University

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LISTnet President Paul Trapani, Morrison Mentors Co-Founder Doron Spleen, and LISTnet Chairman Peter Goldsmith. (Photo by Ed Shin)

Students from Hempstead and Freeport High Schools participated in a hackathon presented by AT&T at Hofstra University on March 7.

In addition to AT&T and Hofstra, the hackathon was sponsored by Morrison Mentors, LISTnet and Long Island Press. NY State Assemblywoman Taylor Darling (D-Hempstead) visited the students in the afternoon to offer some words of encouragement and discuss the growing number of opportunities available in technology. 

The students spent the first half of the day learning and then worked in teams on the second half of the day on projects related to internet safety. Some students learned about website create and others learned to create software using the freely available MIT App Inventor.

Hofstra students and faculty volunteered to act as instructors and mentors to the students. They were trained and supervised by Morrison Mentors. 

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Students learning the basics of creating web pages. (Photo by Ed Shin)
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LISTnet Chairman Peter Goldsmith, NY Assemblywoman Taylor Darling, AT&T Regional Director Brandon V. Ray. (Photo by Ed Shin)
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Assemblywoman Taylor Darling addressing students. (Photo by Ed Shin)
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Brandon V. Ray of AT&T greeting students. (Photo by Ed Shin)