Inverkeithing High School pupils, Ryan Arrowsmith, Aaron Walker and Lewis McLaren are pictured at the Facebook Digital Learning Centre in Berlin.

Three Inverkeithing High School pupils are taking part in an international hackathon in Berlin this week. 

The pupils, who are studying for a Foundation Apprenticeship in Software Development with Fife College, are in Germany’s capital for two days to take part in the SELMA “Hacking Hate” hackathon. 

Ryan Arrowsmith (16), Aaron Walker (15) and Lewis McLaren (15), are one of just six teams chosen to attend the event after SELMA Hacking Hate invited young people from across Europe to submit an innovative idea to prevent or remediate online hate speech.

A two-day event, The SELMA “Hacking Hate” hackathon is bringing together young people, teachers, parents, and other professionals and carers to work on innovative tools and solutions to “hack” online hate speech. 

Ryan, Aaron and Lewis along with teams from Denmark, Germany, Greece, Ireland and Italy, will present an idea about how they want to hack online speech to experts from a number of different areas including communications, education and IT.  The winning team will be announced at an award ceremony on the second day.    

The event is taking place at the Facebook Digital Learning Centre in Berlin over this Wednesday and Thursday. (5 and 6 December).  

Applications for Foundation Apprenticeships in Fife are opening soon.  For more information, visit our Foundation Apprenticeships pages.