What IS Hack<IT> ?

Back for the fifth year, this transformative program will provide over 100 Bahamian public and private school students from over five islands with six days of hands-on STEM instruction. Focused on computer engineering and technology entrepreneurship, the camp will give each student an opportunity apply their knowledge to an issue of great social impact within the Caribbean and compete for a grand prize.

Creating a wave of innovation


Hack<IT> is a Free, Weeklong, STEM Technology Camp For Students in 9-12 Grades.

Students receive hands-on instruction in the fundamentals of computer science and electrical engineering

Students develop technology solutions to challenges facing their communities and their country within an entrepreneurial framework.

Students present their projects to a panel of distinguished judges, and the winning team and receive cash prizes.

Students Compete For Funding To Make Their Design Project A Reality.
Hack<IT>2016 Winners


“Not only has Hack<IT> and STEMBoard broadened my view on the various jobs and work aerospace engineers can acquire, they have given me the great opportunity to branch out and meet a great astronaut, Scott Kelly.”
- Davey, Student
“It is our esteemed pleasure to thank you, Aisha and the STEMBoard team for affording our daughter Kayla Bain of Nassau Bahamas to be a part of such an innovative, motivational, educational, fundamental program such as Hack<IT> Bahamas 2016.”
- Mr. & Mrs. Makeba R Bain, Parents


 Hack<IT> IS Made possible by the generous support of:

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Aisha Bowe
Co-Founder and CEO, STEMBoard
Aisha Bowe is the co-founder and CEO of STEMBoard, a technology solutions company that specializes in defense and intelligence systems. Aisha leads development, expansion and management of STEMBoard’s multi-million defense-contracts and private sector clients. Prior to STEMBoard, Bowe was an Aerospace Engineer at the NASA Ames Research Center where she focused on miniaturized satellites and aircraft. Bowe holds a B.S.E in aerospace engineering and an M. Eng in space systems engineering, both from the University of Michigan.
John Martellaro
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, STEMBoard
John co-founded STEMBoard in 2013. He has years of experience in creating smart systems and software solutions that enable access to real-time data through use of embedded hardware and next generation networking technologies. A subject-matter
expert in augmented reality software and mobile solutions, John brings vast experience in working with the U.S. military, government and private sectors. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Dr. Gamaliel Cherry
Academic Engagement Director, STEMBoard
With nearly a decade of experience in education and human resources, Dr. Gamaliel Cherry leads STEMBoard’s relationships with its academic partners. Dr. Cherry is a project manager
for the aerospace education project at NASA's Langley Research Center, where he also helped develop curricula for its distance-learning program. Gamaliel, a U.S. citizen, holds a Ph.D. in instructional design and technology from Old Dominion University, from which he also holds a master’s degree in education.
Erika Cherry
Lead Project Manager, STEMBoard
Erika is lead project manager at STEMBoard. She brings to Hack a
commitment to engineering and education, having managed technical projects in both private and public sectors. Erika holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanicalengineering from Southern University A&M College and a master’s degree in engineering management from Old Dominion University..
Jasmine L. Sadler works at Solar Turbines as a turbine test engineer, and previously worked as a software design engineer. She has also worked with the Army, Navy and Air Force as a logistics operations engineer to predict when and why a device might fail. Jasmine graduated from University of Michigan with a degree in aerospace engineering. She loves to dance, style hair and help students with their math homework.
SONJA Sulcer
Founder, CArribean Innovation ventures
Sonja Sulcer is the founder of Caribbean Innovation Ventures. Sonja is passionate about inspiring individuals from the Caribbean diaspora to maximize their potential as innovators and entrepreneurs. She designs, develops and manages innovation and entrepreneurship training programs for an international audience at Stanford University.
Dr. Jerrid Matthews received his B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from Michigan State University in 2006. Dr. Matthews earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2009 and 2014, respectively. Dr. Matthews is also the recipient of many prestigious awards, such as the NSF ICORPS Research grant given to Ph.D. students working on projects with high social impact and commercial potential. Dr. Matthews also co-founded Vesta Mobile Solutions, a company that provided media, entertainment and small businesses the ability to engage with their users through text messaging during his graduate tenure at UCLA.