Hackathon invites aspiring teens to build their ideas

(Photo courtesy of VERSO INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL)

Verso International School invites high school students from all over Thailand to solve real-world issues during "Verso Hack 2021", which will take place on its campus in Thana City, Bang Na-Trat Road, on Saturday and Sunday.

This is the school's first-ever hackathon and is open to all high school students aged 13-18 who will collaborate with their peers to gain tech skills and meet other aspiring student entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts. They will also learn about lean methodologies, customer validation, prototyping and pitching -- skills the world's best entrepreneurs all have.

No prior experience in coding, technical skills, entrepreneurship or business is necessary to join the hackathon. However, it is recommended that students have some basic knowledge of using computers and applications. All fundamental skills will be taught to students on-site as part of the programme.

During the hackathon, students will be given a challenge or a business problem to work on and have 48 hours to collaborate and create either a new solution or technology to respond to that challenge.

They will be guided by facilitators and business mentors who will be on-site to help them on their start-up. There will also be a structured curriculum with sufficient breaks to ensure that teams have a great learning experience.

On day two, the students will pitch their innovative ideas and demonstrate their solution to the judges' panel which consists of Grab's country lead Vee Charununsiri; 500 TukTuks partner Pahrada Sapprasert; and angel investor and Hubba and Techsauce co-founder Amarit Charoenphan.

Submissions will be judged on novelty and technical complexity, user experience and the impact, potential and sustainability of the idea. The best ideas will be rewarded with a blockchain certificate, software deals, opportunities for internships at innovative companies and more.

Participation rules and event details can be found at verso.ac.th/hack.


For more details, email versohack@verso.ac.th or call 02-080-6200.

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