Hack4Colorado -- Regis University SCIS sponsoring education track, facilitating brainstorming session “Civic participation, giving back to society”

Donnie VeaseyMay 31, 2013

(DENVER) – Regis University’s School of Computer and Information Sciences (SCIS) is sponsoring the education track and facilitating the education track brainstorming session at the Hack4Colorado event May 31-June 2, joining forces with a host of other entities in pursuing the goal of using skills and technology to create apps to solve some “very big and interesting problems” and help to improve Colorado.

Hack4Colorado is part of the national day of civic hacking featuring 87 events throughout the United States.

“The whole idea is civic participation, giving back to society,” said Shari Plantz-Masters, assistant professor of information systems in SCIS.  “As sponsors of the education track we will be supporting or facilitating the Ideation (brainstorming) session to come up with interesting apps in the education phase.  Participants will come up with apps that will make life better for people in education, whether it’s students, faculty or institutions.  That’s primarily our role.” 

Regis SCIS, one of four schools in Regis University’s College for Professional Studies (CPS), is the only Colorado university sponsor of the three-day event at Galvanize and joins the kickoff by facilitating the education track brainstorming session on the first night of the competition. 

Plantz-Masters notes that the Education track is focused on Pre-K through higher education. 

The education track is one of several categories – including health and wellness, sports and fitness, tourism, sustainability, and veterans – where designers, coders, hackers and creative people will hack and build apps to improve the state of Colorado.

In addition to getting the word out to faculty and students about participating in the event, SCIS faculty will also be involved in Hack4Colorado by supporting the hackers.

“The term hacker in this context and in its original context is more about development,” Plantz-Masters said.  “I believe it was created in the 60s out of MIT by people who did what it took to make computers work on the problems they wanted to solve.  Although the term has taken on a bit of a negative connotation in today’s world, it has a positive meaning in the Hack4Colorado environment.  It’s a very positive approach to using our skills and technology to solve very big and interesting problems for society.”

There is no charge to hackers to participate, and prizes will be awarded on Sunday afternoon for the best apps in each track.

For more information about SCIS’s educational role in Hack4Colorado contact Plantz-Masters at 303-458-4272 or splantzmasters@regis.edu.  For more details about Hack4Colorado, visit http://www.hack4colorado.com.

Donnie Veasey
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