LadyHacks 2013: Philadelphia’s First Women-Only* Hackathon
Philadelphia’s first all women hackathon brought together over 60 women technologists, designers, content writers and community activists for a weekend of problem solving, learning new skills and networking. Inspired by local organizations addressing the gender gap in tech, and by the vibrancy and welcoming spirit of Philadelphia’s local tech scene, LadyHacks was organized by all-volunteer team drawn from such groups as Girl Develop It, Girl Geek Dinners, and The Hacktory, and was made possible by generous sponsorship from local tech and media companies, including Chariot Solutions, Azavea, Monetate, Microsoft, Yikes, Play Eternal and WHYY.
LadyHacks 2013 Mini-Documentary
Produced and Directed by Upma Singh
Blog Her: Lady Hackers Kick off Women’s History Month
(March 10, 2013)
It’s called the City of Brotherly Love (and Sisterly Affection) but last weekend’s Lady Hacks was for women only….
Lauren Pittenger Design: Philadelphia LadyHacks 2013
(March 6, 2013)
[T]his was my first experience at any kind of women in tech events. And let me just say that it was amazing. Never have I imagined ever getting on stage to present … a project at a technology event….
Lisli: I got LadyHacked!
(March 6, 2013)
I got sucked in. The energy, the collaboration, the learning, the pieces all fitting together — the day flew by. It was hard for me to even leave the after party at National Mechanics….
LadyHacks: a Hackathon for Women brought together 65 women to work collaboratively this weekend on projects in an effort to add an entry point into a growing technology community broadly and civic hacking scene specifically….
Eighty percent of attendees admitted that they had never contributed at a tech event before. By the end of the hackathon, most said they planned to participate again in the near future….
This hackathon and the nearly two-year outpouring of other women in tech events locally — PyStar, Girl Develop It, Girl Geek Dinners, TechGirlz and Web Start Women to name a few — are meant to create an easier entry point for females to join a technology community. It’s a national conversation that has taken a stronger root here….