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PD’s Third Hackathon Tackles Mental Health Needs

After a near-miss from Hurricane Ian, nearly 200 students from 20 Charlotte-area schools gathered on PD’s campus on Oct. 1 to design, innovate, and establish entrepreneurial plans for PD’s third Hackathon event.

As with the first two events, students were given a local problem to tackle, and this installment’s prompt was mental health resources for the community. It was the school’s largest Hackathon event to date, with the most schools participating.

Students formed teams of two or three and spread around campus, utilizing new spaces including the IDEAS Xchange in Dickson-Hemby, then presented their concepts to teams of judges separated by Lower School (grades 4-5), Middle School, and Upper School divisions. 

Ideas presented ranged from apps that provide anonymous interpersonal interactions to devices that partner with Google classroom to assist students in executive functioning and time management. 

Two participating groups will continue to work with the Dottie Rose Foundation on their entrepreneurial journey to implement their plan.

The event was supported by local partners including Tresata. Providence Day will conduct another Hackathon in spring 2023. Watch for details.

See more Hackathon photos here.

Participating schools: 

Ardrey Kell High School

Ballantyne Elementary

Carmel Christian School

Charlotte Country Day School

Charlotte Latin School

Charlotte Preparatory School

Covenant Day School

East Mecklenburg High School

Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences

Lake Norman Charter School

Myers Park High School

Northridge Middle School

Northwest School of the Arts

Polo Ridge Elementary

Providence Day School

Sedgefield Middle School

Sharon Elementary

Telra Institute

Trillium Springs Montessori

Trinity Episcopal