On November 4-5, a group of girls from Central made a trip to the University of Maryland for an all-female “hackathon.” Now, one may wonder, what is a hackathon? A hackathon is a specialized time for people to code freely for hours at a time. Participants first attend workshops where beginners learn the basic code involved in making a website. They then take their skills to the next level to make a demo website of their own, which they can then show off for the public to try out the website on their own.
What makes Technica truly special is that it is the largest all-female hackathon in the world, so young females can meet high school and college students from all walks of life pursuing computer science as a future career. “Seeing so much creativity in one room was truly inspiring to me as a student interested in computer science,” remarks Eda Dervishi (279) upon entering the gymnasium-sized Reckord Armory at the University of Maryland. Technica also allows girls to meet representatives of major corporations like Target, Capital One, and Facebook, to see that their computer science skills can get them hired anywhere, not only tech companies like Apple or Google. “I learned that technology could be utilized for so much more than just social media by us young people,” says Esmeralda Zere (278).
MaryElizabeth Greeley (278)