Northern Illinois University is hosting its first large-scale hackathon starting at noon Saturday.
Three-hundred and seventy-two participants from all over the world are scheduled to attend the Huskie Hack. About 16 percent are middle or high school students.
NIU research associate Tracy Rogers-Tryba leads the event. She says hacking doesn’t necessarily mean maliciously breaking into secure systems.
“Computer hacking is taking a turn where it’s using the access to big data and coding to solve problems for social good,” Rogers-Tryba said.