Let’s just call it ‘Orlando tech week’ – 2 groups host hackathons

All right, I’m just going to do it on my own: Orlando Tech Week is officially underway.

No, it’s not an official declaration.

There is no proclamation from Buddy Dyer to go with this article.

But, while most anticipate what MetaCenter Global Week will look like and what it could mean to Orlando’s tech community, dozens of tech professionals and advocates have spent their weekend building.

Two hackathons have been playing out near downtown.

First, over at Credo Conduit is DataKind, a “tech for good” hackathon that will tackle social issues, including food insecurity, affordable housing funding gaps and early childhood education.

Organizer Caitlin Augustin told Orlando Tech News that she was hooked when she learned to use her coding and technical skills for good.

“DataKind hackathons always amaze me,” she said. Dozens of people come together with a common goal and always have such an energy and a desire to make an impact.”

You can read more about the HACKATHON HERE.

Meanwhile, about a mile away at the Dr. Phillips Academic Commons, they are having a spooky time building Halloween-themed games.

Organizer Kunal Patel has been one of the leading supporters of hackathons in the community, with his Indienomicon Foundation hosting several events per year.

Here are some photos from the events, courtesy of Steven Seidman (All Hallows Jam) and Caitlin Augustin (DataKind).