The future of the whole world is going to be digital. My granddaughters tell me all the time that they can't believe that I insist on watching shows and movies on a tv and don't even get them started about cable tv. Everything and everyone is on a digital device and if you want your beasties to keep up, they need to be versed in the latest technology.

The Office of Congresswoman Veronica Escobar is helping give your kids that education with a Back-to-School Hackathon on Friday, August 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, August 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Hackathon is a two-day virtual event for 6th-12th grade students. Your kids can participate individually or be part of a team of up to four students to develop an app that solves a community issue. The theme of the app and the issue being addressed will be announced on the first day of the competition, and kids will learn coding and how to collaborate on a project.

As everything is these days, the Hackathon will be held via Zoom. When you register your child they will be get more information about the Hackathon. The deadline to register is August 21, by 5:30 p.m. Teacher sponsorship is required upon registration. If you would like more information about the 2020 Back-to-School Hackathon, you can email Congresswoman Escobar's office at, or (915) 541-1400.

Coding mentors will be on hand throughout the event to help along the way and winners will be selected and announced on the final day of the challenge. This is a great thing to have on a college application and it could be the springboard to a career for your kiddo. Click here for the registration form.

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