Blacks in Technology, Belmont and TSU partner on high school hackathon
Written by: Kathryn Rickmeyer | Posted Sep 2, 2022

What does it take to become an AirBnb Superhost? That’s the question 150 juniors at Republic High School will be answering on September 23.

The Nashville Chapter of Blacks in Technology, Belmont Data Collaborative and Tennessee State University have organized a hackathon for the 150 juniors at Republic High School participating in the LocalTek-Thrive program — a year-long technology course that will provide students with six hours of college credit from TSU. The hackathon will be hosted on Friday, September 23 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m at Republic High School. 

Using historic AirBnb data, students will identify AirBnB characteristics and household items that improve guest experiences and ultimately result in “Superhost” ratings. They will create infographics to explain the determinants of those ratings. Prizes and swag will be awarded to all of the participants.

Nashville BIT president Holly Rachel says it’s important for students to see practical applications of data science and understand how to extract actionable knowledge.

“Hackathons promote collaboration, data problem solving and effective communication” she adds. “These events also expose students to industry professionals (via adult volunteers).”

Interested in volunteering or sponsoring? BIT is looking for volunteers to help the day of the hackathon as well as prize sponsorships for the winning students. Email Holly Rachel to get involved.