Why a hackathon?
Growing up in a school with a strong computer science presence, many students were prompted to pursue coding events external to the classes we took in school. After attending HP Codewars, an algorithmic coding competition for high-schoolers, a group of friends and I decided to host our own hackathon. We settled on the name ORHX, or Oak Ridge Hacks.
ORHX was meant to solve a few distinct problems with the area we lived in. Most hackathons were located at colleges or the bay area, which made them fairly inaccessible for high schoolers. With this project, we shared the computer science atmosphere with other local students and started an annual event that we still come back to mentor at every year.