NETSCOUT’s Coast-to-Coast Hackathon Event | Heart of Giving

NETSCOUT’s Coast-to-Coast Hackathon Event | Heart of Giving


So it was actually..thought this idea
they had hosted one last fall and because of the success of that one, and
the turnout, and the employee engagement, The lot there (of course) go, well we should do this again, in more locations. We ended up with 103 students attending. Phenomenal turnout. And in San Jose, it was 105 out of 150 registrations. Definitely a very big surprise for us. In San Jose, there were about 20 employees, and you would have seen them. They came in at 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. in the morning. People who signed up for three hours ended up staying six hours, seven hours of volunteering. Harsha Silina really drove it here in Westford. He recruited, I’d say most of the IT team to participate and they did an awesome job. Definitely a great show put together by again co-led by Harsha in Westford and Sanjay in San Jose. I went there and my main work that day was capturing pictures and videos, and I was really emotional when the kid from a couple of low-income schools said, I’ve never touched a computer before. I’ve never coded before, and this has opened up a great opportunity for me. To see the kids, they were engaged all day. They were so into their project, they wouldn’t come upstairs when we did the raffle. They’re like no, no, no, no, I’m trying to get this to work, I need more time. In the morning, they came and they didn’t know anything about coding, anything about website building. By the end of the day, they’re showing us an app they built on a HTML website, but that was amazing for me. I definitely was very happy that NETSCOUT as a company has opened the doors of STEM and technology to students.

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