Goodie Nation | Black History Month Youth Hack Day
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Level Playing Field Institute and Goodie Nation invite you to Youth Hack Day  an immersive and competitive hip hop-influenced experience which prepares youth to be future innovators, breakthrough thinkers, and leaders for under-served communities. The objective is to make technology-related career pathways and social entrepreneurship “cool” to students from underrepresented groups in STEM.

The Black History Month Edition powered by Infosys Foundation is a 9-hour app ideation lab where Metro Atlanta middle school and high school students receive inspiration from tech leaders before participating in a hack day to create ideas and prototypes for conflict resolution apps. 
With a deejay creating an amazing high-energy environment, students will form 5-6 person teams and work with industry experts on app design principles and methodologies. Youth Hack Day concludes with a Pitch Competition where each team presents their ideas to the audience, and members of the winning team win $100. 2nd place winners get $50 each, and 3rd place winners get $25 each.

8:30am: Check-In + Continental Breakfast + Networking

9am: Opening Remarks

9:15am: App Idea Workshop

12pm: Lunch + Learn w/Tech Leaders

1pm: App Mockups Begins

4:30: Dinner 

4:45pm: Idea Presentations

5:45pm: App Prototyping Workshop

6pm: Hack Day Ends


Ashley Nealy

US Treasury Web Team Lead

Aaron Hobson

Computer Science Specialist, Level Playing Field Institute
Joey Womack

Joey Womack

Co-Founder, Goodie Nation
Justin Dawkins

Justin Dawkins

Co-Founder, Goodie Nation

Erica Stanley

Founder, Women Who Code ATL

Rayford Davis

CEO, ExceptionALLY

Dr. Brian Garrett

Site Director - Summer Math and Science Honors (SMASH) Academy at Morehouse College

Jarryd McCree

Founder + CTO, ClientSide

Black History Month Youth Hack day will take place at The Gathering Spot. Check-in begins at 8:30am. 

Address: 384 Northyards Blvd NW Building #190, Atlanta, GA 30313

Parking: Free parking is available in the parking lot.

Directions From The South

+Take I75/I85 North

+Take Exit 249D Towards West Peachtree St.

+Continue through the first light and turn left onto North Ave.

+Continue on North Ave for 0.9 miles and turn left onto Northyards Blvd (just before North Ave.)

+Continue around the curve and enter the Northyards Gates on the right.

+Continue to the Stop sign and make a right. 

Directions from The North

+Take I75 or I85 South

+Take Exit 249D Towards North Ave

+Turn right onto North Ave.

+Continue on North Ave for 0.9 miles and turn left onto Northyards Blvd (just before North Ave.)

+Continue around the curve and enter the Northyards Gates on the right.

+Continue to the Stop sign and make a right. 

+Is Hack Day free? Yep. completely.

+Do you all provide food and drinks? Yep!

+How is this possible? Because our amazing sponsors love you.

+What is the dress code? Casual. Don’t come from the gym, court, or field, but dress normal.

+Is being on time important? Yes. Please arrive within 30 minutes of the start time. There will be free food/drinks available.

+Do I need to know how to code or design? Nope.

+Do I need a laptop? Nope.

+Can I bring a laptop? Yep. It would be helpful. Also bring phone chargers and stuff like that.


Goodie Nation is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Participants violating these rules may be expelled from the event at the discretion of the organizers.


What is SMASH?

The Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH) is a free of cost, STEM-intensive college preparatory program for underrepresented high school students of color. SMASH boasts a rigorous 5-week, 3-year summer, fully residential STEM enrichment program which provides access to STEM coursework and access to mentors, role models, and support networks of students of color. Each summer, SMASH scholars spend five weeks on a college campus immersed in STEM and live among other high-potential, underrepresented (African American, Latino/a, Native American, Southeast Asian or Pacific Islander, low-income, first-in-family to attend college) high school students.

In addition to their summer courses, SMASH scholars remain engaged during the school year through monthly STEM workshops and academic programming. This includes SAT prep, college counseling, financial aid workshops, and other activities to ensure continued academic success.