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Origami Risk Hosts 155 High School Students for 2019 Chicago “Hack-a-thon”

Budding Developers Learn Code, and Create Apps, Websites and Games During Frenetic 24-hour Competition

CHICAGO, July 11, 2019 – A group of 155 Chicago-area high school students recently participated a 24-hour Chicago “Hack-a-thon” event held at the headquarters of Origami Risk, the insurance and risk management Software as a Service (SaaS) company.

Known as Windy City Hacks, the event was organized by seven Chicago high school students led by Matthew Stanciu. It involved 42 teams of students who worked 24 consecutive hours through the weekend of June 22-23, competing for prizes in six categories. Nearly 50 programmers, managers and executives from Origami Risk and other leading software and technology firms across the U.S. supported the students, with nine serving as official judges for the event.

“For the students, the Hack-a-thon was a powerful hands-on learning and team building experience,” said Spencer Vadner, client executive, Origami Risk. “And for those of us serving as mentors, it was amazing to see the students not only engaging and sharing their interests, but also striving to solve issues together. We were thrilled to help facilitate this event.”

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