Local students join programming competition at CodeDay Atlanta

From left are Cobb County students Nilay Shah, Divya Shah, Best Game Award winner Jonah Verdon and Crystal Leng, Corporate Financial Analyst with LexisNexis Risk Solutions. Last month, the students participated in ‘CodeDay,’ a 24-hour national all-night ‘code-a-thon.’ Students competed to develop the next trending mobile app, video game or web application. / Special to the MDJ

Metro Atlanta area high school and college students spent all night on May 20 — 1,440 minutes — participating in a 24-hour code-a-thon in hopes of developing the next trending mobile app, video game or web application.

Cobb student Jonah Verdon took home the Best Game Award.

CodeDay Atlanta, sponsored by Alpharetta-based LexisNexis Risk Solutions, is a 24-hour event in which students of all skill levels come together to code, compete and meet other programmers in metro Atlanta.

“We are always excited about CodeDay and the chance to interact with students who are filled with energy, innovation and intellectual curiosity,” said Vijay Raghavan, EVP and CTO, LexisNexis Risk Solutions. “We see the power of our technology and our data assets every day and know what it can do to better our society. CodeDay gives us opportunities to help students see first-hand the power of using big data to solve real-world commercial and social issues.”

At the beginning of CodeDay at noon, everyone with an idea pitched it to the group. Students chose ideas they considered the most fun, and formed teams to work for 24 hours to bring the concepts to life. In addition to hosting workshops and mentoring students, CodeDay staff hosted fun activities throughout the night. Sunday morning at 11 a.m., all students presented their final projects. Judges from area technology companies selected the winning projects.

CodeDay is a nationwide event, hosted in 25 cities simultaneously, run by StudentRND. It is designed to spark an interest in computer science by showing high school and college students how creative and empowering coding can be.

CodeDay Atlanta was hosted at LexisNexis Risk Solutions headquarters in Alpharetta. This is the fourth consecutive year the company has sponsored the event as part of its ongoing commitment to foster innovation as a leading technology employer in Atlanta.

For more information, visit codeday.org/atlanta.

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