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LaunchPad Westbury to Host First Ever Long Island Hacks

LIHacks is Long Island’s first high school hackathon, by high school students for high school students. Our goal is to make hackathons more accesible to LI hackers and expand the hacker community.Whether you’re a student looking to start coding, a mentor looking to help our hackers, or a sponsor that wants to support tech education, LIHacks is the place to be!

The 24-hour marathon involves more than 50 high school students under adult supervision, with a dozen corporate sponsors supporting the endeavor.

LaunchPad Westbury, the sixth and newest addition to the entrepreneurial incubators springing up across Long Island, will host Long Island’s first ever LI Hacks the weekend of August 27 and August 28.

“Long Island has been known for its technology and entrepreneurial spirit for decades,” said Andrew Hazen, LaunchPad founder and CEO. “This Hack-A-Thon provides an excellent opportunity to immerse our next generation of business and community leaders in both, and have a good time while doing so.”

LIHacks is a 24-hour computer science marathon, explains Aaron Lafazan, LI Hacks co-founder and CEO. “Hackathons provide a venue for self-expression and creativity through technology,” said Dave Fontenot, a leader in the hackathon community. “People with technical backgrounds [or ‘newbies’ who want to learn] come together, form teams around a problem or idea, and collaboratively code a unique solution from scratch. These generally take shape in the form of websites, mobile apps, and robots.”

Make sure to register here!