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Beth Stefanik
Associate Director of Communications & Media Relations
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SPARK! Regional Teen Hackathon at St. Anne’s-Belfield School January 30 – 31 

Charlottesville, Va., Jan. 27, 2016 – St. Anne’s-Belfield School is hosting a regional teen hackathon on January 30 – 31. SPARK! is a two-day event including a “learnathon” and hackathon, and will bring together more than 50 teens representing schools from around the region including Albemarle High School, Western Albemarle High School, Charlottesville High School, Monticello High School, Murray High School, Louisa High School, and St. Anne's-Belfield School. Also participating will be 25 mentors from organizations including Center for Open Science, WillowTree, Mozilla Foundation, U.Va. M.S. in management of information technology, Girl Develop It, and more.

The learnathon (January 30) will include workshops and interactive presentations to help teens learn to create tech. The hackathon (January 31) will be a time for students to work in groups to concentrate on a project or problem, with some real-world examples sponsored by local organizations. 

Current sponsors include QIM, Mozilla, U.Va. biomedical engineering, Locus-Health, WillowTree, and Leading Agile. 

To find out more about SPARK!, visit or follow @STABSpark on Twitter.

LOCATION: St. Anne’s-Belfield School Learning Village Auditorium (799 Faulconer Drive)
DATES: Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31
TIMES: Schedule below

Saturday - Learnathon (January 30)
8:30 - 10:00 a.m. - Opening Program
10:00 - 12:00 p.m. - Hands-on Workshops
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Hands-on Workshops
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. - Sponsored Problems Presentations

Sunday - Hackathon (January 31)
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Hacking
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Hacking
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Hacking
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Presentation Expo
Judges include: Fatma Alali, U.Va. computer engineering Ph.D. student, Jason Brewster, i.Lab Incubator director at U.Va., Courtney Christensen, software developer at Linden Lab, Elizabeth Pyle, associate director for technology entrepreneurship at U.Va. School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Jeffrey Spies, co-founder and chief technology officer of the Center for Open Science.

Coverage of this event is encouraged. Please coordinate with Beth Stefanik (contact details above).


St. Anne’s-Belfield School is a co-educational preschool through grade 12 day school of more than 900 students and 120 faculty and staff, with a boarding program in grades 9 through 12. More than 20 countries are represented in the student body, with 38% of families receiving financial aid. More information may be found at

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