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Teen Hackathon at Wichita Public Library Explores Technology, App Development

Contact: Sean Jones, Wichita Public Library |

Teens, ages 14-18, will explore technology design and application development at the Wichita Public Library’s first Teen Hackathon from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 27 and 1 -5 p.m. Sunday, July 28 at the Advanced Learning Library.

All day Saturday, teens will work in groups alongside mentors including Wichita City Council Member Becky Tuttle and tech experts, to use technology to create a plan for an application or other technology-based service that solves a health-related problem teens face today. The topic for this year is “Use Technology to Measure One Healthy Habit.”

Prior to joining the City Council, Tuttle was awarded the 2018 Robert Woods Johnson Foundation National Recreation and Park Association Award for Health Equity, which recognizes individuals whose efforts helped reduce health disparities in targeted areas.

“The Teen Hackathon will bring together some of Wichita’s creative young minds and aims to encourage collaboration, innovation and creativity,” said Cynthia Bailey, Technology Training Manager for the Wichita Public Library. “It’s also a chance for Library staff to show teens different tools and resources available that can help them bring their projects to life.”

On Sunday, the groups will present their finished projects to a panel of judges, and prizes will be awarded. Participation is required for both days of the Teen Hackathon. Registration begins June 1 by calling (316) 261-8500 or visiting

This event is made possible through a grant with Grow with Google, providing free digital skills training, tools and events to help grow skills, careers or small businesses.

NOTE: Media is welcome and encouraged to attend the Teen Hackathon for interviews and news segments. To coordinate, please contact Sean Jones, Communications Specialist at the Wichita Public Library, (316) 261-8524,

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