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Hackathon teaches youths digital skills


Dozens of children boosted their digital skills this weekend during a “youth hackathon.”

The participants — some as young as 8 years old — turned out for the ROC Youth HackFest Powered by AT&T at iCanCode, a training school on Jefferson Road.  

The event, a collaboration involving the school, AT&T and Digital Rochester, aimed to expose youths to career opportunities in information technology and coding.

According to organizers, participants built apps, games, websites, animations and interactive stories and were judged on teamwork, code skills and design skills. 

Mentors from area colleges, tech companies and local developers were there to assist the youths.