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Protei’s “Hack-a-Thon” in Morocco (Ep.9)

While in Morocco, Gabriella Levine and Cesar Harada of Protei took advantage of the engineer community in Casablanca to host what they called a “hack-a-thon”. While most people think of “hacking” as “the process of gaining unauthorised access to computer systems for the purpose of tampering and / or stealing personal and financial information,” the intentions for the event was far from malicious or illegal.

The attendees of the event were presented the challenge of designing and testing a boat in 12 hours using scraps and raw materials not typically used for constructing any type of aquatic vehicle. The accelerated learning and prototyping that came out of the event defines a new type of “hacker” as one “who combines excellence, playfulness, cleverness and exploration in performed activities.

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  • byrnesbk24

    Its so cool to get others involved and to help them learn something new. You can tell the organizers were surprised after the day was done. Not only were they surprised but the students building seem to surprise themselves with what they came up with. Did the winning groups boat have a function?

  • Taylor Schulz

    Hands on activities, in my opinion, are the best way to learn, as well as show creativity. I loved this idea! I think it is so great what this organization is doing for students. thanks for sharing!