On Tuesday the 11th of April, the first Hackathon Na Gaeilge will take place in UCD. Although it was meant to take place earlier this week due to unforeseen circumstances the Hackathon had to be postponed. The event will be held in the Bank of Ireland Montrose, located across from the UCD main gates.
A Hackathon is a ‘Dragon Den like’ competition in which teams of people work together to develop ideas for products and services aimed at solving problems. For Hackathon Na Gaeilge, groups of up to five people will be coming up with ideas for products that promote the Irish language. They will then pitch these ideas through Irish.
Tomas Mc Phillips, a computer science student in UCD, came up with the idea for the Hackathon. The aim of the event is to encourage people to think up ideas for Irish language products and services, for which currently there is a major gap in the market.
The event will last 10 hours long and is open to people of all ages. Anyone can take part. A fluent grasp of the Irish language or coding skills are not required.
Tickets cost €10 per person and are available to buy online at Eventbrite.com or can be purchased on the day.
Further information can be found on the Hackathon Na Gaeilge Facebook event page here.