Students learn to code at UIS mini-Hackathon event

The Computer-Science Club host mini-Hackathn event to prepare for larger event in November

Tamarra Newbern, News Reporter

On Saturday, Oct. 24, the Computer Science Club (CSC) held their very first mini-Hackathon at the Stars Lounge in the Student Life Building (SLB).

The mini-Hackathon was a 24-hour event starting on Saturday at noon. It then lasted until Sunday, Oct. 25 at noon.

A hackathon is an event where people can make new friends who share an interest in hacking, coding, and making a difference. Participants can brainstorm ideas and create prototypes, either together or individually.

Kolton Honkala, a senior Computer Science major, expressed his excitement for this event by stating, “For me, I will be working on a project I have been trying to finish for a while.”

Do not be discouraged if you do not have any previous experience with coding – just being interested is enough.

Brian-Thomas Rogers, an instructor of computer science at UIS, gave an introduction to a programming language called Python at the event.

The CSC plans on traveling to other schools and attending at least two more hackathons this semester. They hope to encounter talented people at the events.

For more information, visit the CSC website at