Monday presentation in Truckee: Hackathons — why they’re a good thing |

Monday presentation in Truckee: Hackathons — why they’re a good thing

Staff report

TRUCKEE, Calif. ­— Tahoe Silicon Mountain next week will host Joe Chavez to present: “Not Just for Programmers: How Hackathons Change Communities (or Even the World).”

Chavez will speak about why hackathons are good for growing a sense of community and how you can participate — no matter your skillset.

“If you’ve heard of a hackathon, you might imagine teams of programmers writing code,” according to a news release for the event. “However, more recently, hackathons have drawn participants from multiple disciplines, including design, project management, business and engineering, who share an interest in a common theme, such as technology, civics or the environment.

“Teams engage in creative thinking to lay the foundation for solutions to the challenges presented at the hackathon.”

Chavez is president of STEAM Initiative, a nonprofit focused on science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics education initiatives. He’s also an organizer of the Reno Space Apps Hackathon, which is put on in association with NASA.

You can learn more about the Space Apps Hackathon here:

Tahoe Silicon Mountain’s meeting will be on Monday, April, from 6-8 p.m. at Pizza on the Hill in Tahoe Donner at 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee. A $5 fee includes pizza and salad.

The event will also be livestreamed and available online as it happens on YouTube: Visit to learn more.

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