By: Charvi Bhargava
PilotPDX is organized in partnership with a student-led national organization – gopilot.org. It’s a hands-on 12 hour creative event focused on Computer Science education, and gaining interest in it, based on the concept of a hackathon. Students will form teams, brainstorm and design their apps, and finally pitch the apps/websites they created for prizes! During the event, mentors will help students brainstorm ideas, design their projects, pick technologies to use, provide guidance about collaborating in teams, and help track down bugs. Anyone in 9th through 12th grade can participate in this free event, regardless of prior coding experience. It is on Saturday, April 26th at 9am to 9pm at Jesuit High School.
I first heard about PilotPhilly since my sister goes to UPenn, and I was instantly interested in it and thought it would be super cool to bring that to the West Coast. So I looked around the gopilot.org website and PilotPhilly and saw that these events that seemed like a lot of fun. I hadn’t heard of anything like it in Oregon yet, so I saw it as the perfect opportunity to start up something great here.
About the Author: My name is Charvi Bhargava and I am currently a junior at Jesuit High School. I got interested in computer science when I interned at IBM in the Linux Technology Center last summer through the ASE program. It was a great learning experience for me, and made me want to pursue Computer Science further, in college and hopefully as a career. My dream job is to create the perfect marriage of my two passions, Computer Science and Art, and to be an animator at Disney.