Gannon University's Hackathon Full-Tuition Competition
High School students are preparing to hack their
way to scholarship awards from Gannon University as part of its inaugural
Hackathon Full-Tuition Scholarship Competition, which will culminate in a
final, on-campus competition on Saturday, May 4.
University first welcomed high school students from across the nation to
participate in one of two virtual Hackathon competitions completed online, in
which students applied their web-based hacking skills to build a website and
navigate a series of challenges, including gaining access to administrative
passwords, ordering items without proper payment, manipulating stock and
portion served as a gateway for the top students completing the virtual events
to be invited to the on-campus Hackathon on Saturday, May 4 for the chance to
win scholarship awards ranging from $1,000 to $17,000, and to compete for the
top prize of one full-tuition scholarship.
will receive educational training from Gannon’s expert faculty to prepare for
the challenges of the on-campus competition. Scores will be gathered and
assessed following the competition, with scholarships awarded to winning
students the following week.
faculty and students capitalized on existing University resources and expertise
to build the software that has enabled the Hackathon, said Vice President of
Academic Affairs, Walter Iwanenko, Ph.D. “The Hackathon we have developed
focuses on teaching the importance of safe and secure website design,” he said.
This innovative event is designed to boost cybersecurity education and
awareness within communities while allowing students to engage with Gannon’s
two newly launched programs, cybersecurity and cyber engineering.