FBLA and iNVENTeam host workshops for upcoming HackTJ


Left to right: Freshmen Shrey Gupta, Shubham Gupta and Sahith Malyala attend one of the HackTJ workshops.

Last week, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and iNVENTeam hosted two workshops so students could prepare for the upcoming HackTJ event, which will be held from April 26-27 at Jefferson.

The first workshop featured Corona Labs. Shawn Grimes, a mobile-app developer and teacher, demonstrated how to use Corona SDK to simplify application making. At the workshop, students began building a popular arcade game, Whac-A-Mole, for the iPhone using Corona SDK.

The second workshop featured Amazon Web Services (AWS). The AWS team taught students how to build a ruby server, connect to a database and create a dynamic website. Students also worked to create their own online chat client and experimented with backend, frontend, databasing and EC2 instances.

“The workshops were definitely popular among the students. I hope everyone learned a lot,” senior and co-director of HackTJ, Alex Sands said.

Two Facebook workshops will occur in the coming week. A brainstorming workshop to help students come up with ideas will be held on April 23, while a main workshop to introduce students to Facebook’s developer portal will occur on April 24 during eighth period.

”I enjoyed the two workshops, and I plan on attending the next one,” freshman Shubham Gupta said. “I’m attending HackTJ so this will definitely help.”