Registration Now Open for USM Hackathon Event

Registration is now open for iD8, The University of Southern Mississippi’s inaugural Hackathon, Friday and Saturday, April 7-8 in Hattiesburg. The competition is open to teams of four African-American high school girls. Teams will learn to code, build, and present a mobile app. No coding experience is necessary.

“The iD8 Hackathon provides unique opportunities for participating students to interact with USM faculty engaged in a variety of research that involves coding as a key component, including bioinformatics, mobile computing, app development, gaming, big data and analytics, computer engineering, 3-D printing and prototyping, networking, and AI (artificial intelligence),” said Dr. Andrew H. Sung, professor and director of the School of Computing,

stellar panel of African-American women in STEM will share success stories and challenges along their path Friday evening including Angelica McKinley from Digital Design at the New York TimesDr. Mary Moore aviation engineer at GE and founder of STEM DiscoveriesYetunde Adewunmi Southern Miss doctoral candidate in biological sciences, and Deidra Minor, director of Applied Technology at USM. Cherita Brent of MPB Everyday Tech will emcee the two-day event.

“We love bringing K-12 scholars to campus to help feed their dreams about what is possible. In the case of coding, there is a critical shortage of women, and African-American women in particular,” said Julie Cwikla, Director of Creativity and Innovation in STEM at USM. “iD8 serves as an invitation for young women to taste the possibilities and learn about high tech careers from women who are thriving in these fields.”

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About The University of Southern Mississippi

Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and an eye on the future. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi and through Online at Southern Miss. Since 2006, Southern Miss students have collected seven Goldwater Scholarships, three Truman Scholarships and 16 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Our Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research affords our students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, we conduct transformative research that translates into real-world solutions. As one of only 36 institutions in the nation accredited in art, dance, music and theatre, we are a haven for creativity and artistic expression. In the classroom or lab, on the playing field, or in the performance hall, we strive to have a positive impact not only on our students, but also the world around us. Further information is found at

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