Grady Daniels, BHS-IB Student (Committee Chair)
Randy Avent, Florida Polytechnic President
Wesley Barnett
Dr. Tina Barrios, PCSB Assistant Superintendent
Dr. Naomi Boyer, CIO Polk State College
Susan Copeland, PEF Executive Director
Stephen Hull, Polk State Provost, Lakeland
Kim Long, Polk Vision Executive Director
Callie Neslund, Public Affairs Manager at The Mosaic Company
David Mathias, Chair of Computer Science Department, Florida Southern College
Russ Miller, VP of Technology Services at Impulse Point
Trish Pfeiffer, City of Bartow Mayor
Adam Putnam, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture
David Robinson, CEO of DSM Technologies
John Small, PCSB Deputy Superintendent

What The Hack?

At #PolkHacks event, local kids ages 13-18  work with area technology and business mentors to design, program, and create apps that address local issues and solve problems. If you’re interested in hosting your own version of the #PolkHacks event, see our notebook.

How does the #PolkHacks Hackathon help? Our goal is to influence and inspire kids who would otherwise be unable to pursue a career in technology. Over the next 10 years, there will be 1 million more computing jobs than students to fill them, so we want to make sure that as many kids as possible can take advantage of this opportunity. Here’s how #PolkHacks will help:

  • Promote a college and career-going culture by exposing underserved students to computer science careers they wouldn’t ordinarily learn about.
  • Stimulate school and community leaders within Polk to focus on the value of promoting computer programming to our youth.
  • Develop business partnerships to sustain coding and other technology-related programs for long term benefit of Polk youth.