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South Hills Community News Release
ALTOONA — Every year, Major League Hacking (MLH), an official student hacking league, organizes “Local Hack Day” a 12-hour global hackathon event that involves thousands of participants gathered in cities and towns around the world. The purpose of these “invention marathons” is to teach computer science skills to students and bring people that are interested in the field of technology. The 2018 events were sponsored by Microsoft and GitHub and included educational presentations and opportunities for students to network with Information Technology (IT) professionals.
In December 2018, faculty and students from South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Altoona Campus organized a Local Hack Day for the Altoona area. Participants included students from South Hills, local high schools, and other post-secondary schools. Members from the community and working IT professionals were also invited to attend.
Information Technology program Instructor, Guido Santella, said, “Our students have participated in hackathons in the past, but this was the first time we were involved in hosting an event like this. It was nice seeing students from multiple schools and community members come together to learn and focus on technology.”
Presenters included Cody Virgillo, Network Operations Center (NOC) Technician / Configuration Analyst at viLogics, who talked about his experience or working in a data center and Thomas Gerlach, Owner/Chief Engineer of Talixa Software & Service LLC, who talked about his experiences working in the field of software development.