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Gannon University Welcomes Students to Campus for Hackathon Full-Tuition Scholarship Competition

Gannon University's Hackathon Full-Tuition Competition

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.

Gannon 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 payroll information.

The online 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.

Students 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.

Gannon 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.

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