Cato Center Hosts Community Computer Science Event

On Saturday, May 20th RePublic Schools and the Phoenix Club of Nashville co-hosted a community event and hackathon at the Cato Center at RePublic High School. More than 100 community members attended, including 60 students from across Nashville who participated in the Hackathon.

Congratulations to our winning team, who designed a marketing campaign for a drone company! They won their own drones and robots, as well as a trip to the Google Fiber offices.

Special thanks to our panel of judges for the student hackathon - Wanda Scott, an IT professional and adjunct professor at Nashville State Community College; Nick Fischer, a representative from Google Fiber; and Joanna Klekowicz, RePublic’s Director of Computer Science Expansion; as well as to the Nashville Software School which provided mentors to support students during the hackathon.

We’d also like to thank our speakers - Ron Corbin, David Williams, Eddie George, Walton Denton of Phoenix Club of Nashville, Dr. David Williams of MNPS, Jon Rybka, Michael Burgevin and Joanna Klekowicz, as well as our RePublic teammates who helped with the event - Ryan York, Katie Bennett, Craig Meister, Delaine Wendling, Topher McKee, Rachael Abram, Mehreen Butt, Tom McGrath, Courtney McKee, and Shelby Goodfriend.

The Cato Center was founded in 2015 to honor the memory of Thomas Cato, the former Chief Information Officer of HCA, with a mission to close the digital literacy gap in Nashville. The Cato Center offers free after school clubs that are open to students across the city. More information about the Cato Center can be found here.