Human Who Inc. STEM ‘Guided’ Hackathon

Hosting organization:HumanWho Inc.

County: Middlesex

Total Attendees: 215

The HumanWho Inc. “Guided” STEM Hackathon brought together a remarkable group of STEM mentors from prestigious institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, and Princeton University, along with 215 talented and eager students. The event aimed to provide a platform for collaboration, innovation, and learning in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Over the course of the hackathon, participants engaged in a series of activities designed to foster creativity, problem-solving skills, and teamwork.

The event kicked off with an inspiring opening ceremony, where the organizers welcomed the participants and introduced the esteemed mentors. The mentors, comprising professors, researchers, and industry professionals, shared their experiences and highlighted the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in tackling real-world challenges.

The hackathon offered participants a range of workshops and mentor-led sessions covering diverse STEM topics. These sessions were designed to equip students with the necessary tools, knowledge, and insights to approach complex problems creatively. Topics included artificial intelligence, robotics, data science, biotechnology, and sustainable energy, among others. The mentors encouraged the students to think critically and provided guidance on how to apply their theoretical knowledge to practical scenarios.

One of the highlights of the hackathon was the team-based project competition. Participants formed teams and selected a problem statement from a curated list. Under the mentorship of the STEM experts, teams brainstormed ideas, designed prototypes, and implemented their solutions. The projects encompassed a wide array of subjects, ranging from developing sustainable agriculture techniques to creating assistive technologies for individuals with disabilities.

In addition to the technical aspects, the hackathon also placed emphasis on soft skills development. Participants attended workshops on effective communication, presentation techniques, and project management. The mentors guided them on how to articulate their ideas, work collaboratively, and present their projects with clarity and confidence.

The judges evaluated the projects based on their innovation, technical implementation, and potential impact. The presentations were impressive, reflecting the dedication, hard work, and creative problem-solving skills of the participants.

The event fostered connections and collaborations between mentors and students, paving the way for future mentorship opportunities and continued growth in the STEM community.