How Our Hackathons Work
We run free data science hackathons for Grades 5-12 classrooms in Canada. Our hackathons are designed to be collaborative and competitive, where students solve a problem by “hacking” or analyzing an open dataset over a set time period. Currently, we offer both online and in-person hackathons, and follow provincial health regulations and rules with respect to COVID-19.
How our online hackathons work
- Students need a secure internet connection to participate.
- The hackathons typically run over a single day, or for 2-3 days.
- Students attend a virtual launch event, led by Callysto experts, to get an overview of the hackathon challenges and ask questions.
- Students work independently (or in groups) on their hackathon challenges.
- Virtual or in-person support sessions from Callysto experts are available, as needed.
- Students submit their analyses and final reports to the Callysto team for judging.
- Callysto announces the hackathon winners.
- Virtual or in-person hackathons: Grades 5-12 teachers (or school districts) can ask Callysto to organize the hackathon. We handle the event from start to finish.
- Hackathon resources: Callysto can provide resources and materials for Grades 5-12 teachers in Canada looking to host their own hackathons. We also have a hackathon planning guide to help you get started.
We provide free group, or one-on-one training for Grades 5-12 teachers in Canada about:
- How to use Callysto in the classroom
- How to help students learn to interpret graphs
- How to create a data science hackathon
- How to use data science in everyday classroom curricula