CAMDEN, N.J. >> Can computer coding help turn this impoverished city around? One nonprofit group thinks so, and is bringing together youths and professional programmers for Camden’s first "hackathon" this weekend.
Hopeworks ‘N Camden is a youth development organization that among other things offers technology and training classes for teenagers and young adults. It’s holding the event this Saturday. It will team up the students with professionals. Some of those will come from Subaru, which plans to move its North American headquarters to the city of 77,000 across the Delaware River from Philadelphia.
Organizers say the benefit is twofold. Students can network and learn more about coding. And in the process they can work on projects that could benefit Camden, a former industrial hub that with the loss of manufacturing became among the country’s poorest and most dangerous.