Hackers learn big annual event is all about learning

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Pira Ravikumaran admits that when he arrived at Hack the North on Friday night, he felt a little nervous.

New to coding, the fourth-year Waterloo Engineering student wasn’t sure if his lack of experience would be a problem at the 36-hour event, which brings together over a thousand students, experts and sponsors from around the world to code, compete, learn and network every year.

He needn't have worried. After joining a team that night, he explained he still had a lot to learn about computer coding and found his new teammates, especially a professor from Barcelona who runs hackathons in Spain, extremely supportive.

“She said, ‘Don’t worry. The whole point of you being here is so you can learn,’” Ravikumaran recalled.

Go to Hack the North 2022 was about learning as much as winning for the full story.

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