About a month ago I attended the OWN IT Summit at Georgetown University. The emphasis of the one-day conference was on how women can “own it” in any industry of interest by facilitating conversation between female leaders and millennials. The brilliance of the program is that it is fully administered by the undergraduates at Georgetown.
During the ‘Innovation Panel’ held between columnist Kara Swisher, fashionista Maddy Maxey, former eBay CMO Richelle Parham, and technologist Anthea Watson Strong, they mentioned an all-female hackathon occurring in the DC area.
This made me curious.
— lizadonnelly (@lizadonnelly) March 28, 2015
Since I am a woman on the team at Webs, which was once a local tech startup and is now the digital division of Vistaprint (a hub for small business innovation), I thought it would be important to learn (and share) how women engineers are showing their strength in a historically male-dominated industry.
Webs already does a great job of encouraging everyone at the company to expand their tech knowledge by hosting events like Hour of Code once a month for everyone in the company; but of course, there is always more we all could do!
If you take a leaf from the book of organizations like Women Who Code, Girl Develop It, and Girl Geek Academy, you will see a group of individuals who are encouraging women to diminish the disparity between genders in the tech space.
In fact, today in New York City, Monarq, the social mobile app for women, is hosting MonarqSheHacks. This all-weekend hackathon is being held at the Trello headquarters (you remember us discussing the awesome Trello tool) to bring women hackers and creatives together to build out their startup ideas.
Image Source: Trello
The competition consists of teams of three: one developer, one designer, and one person on the business marketing side, competing to write the coolest code for the coolest product which will make women’s lives better.
If you’re intrigued by the innovation to come from this event (and possibly want to host something similar of your own one day), be sure to follow the action on Twitter with #SheHacksNYC!
Also, in the beginning of May we will participate in National Small Business Week (May 4-8) by attending the event InnovateHER in Washington, D.C. It is a “live pitch competition featuring 15 entrepreneurs whose products and services were deemed by the SBA to best meet the competition criteria and present the greatest potential for success in supporting the lives of women and families” (EventBrite). It is going to be a great event where we plan to live-tweet and write about the experience on our blog…so stay tuned!
And if you are looking for ways to encourage more women in technology, do a quick Google search for “women in tech events” and you will be amazed at all the ways you can get involved!
About the Author: Deanna Zaucha is the Senior Specialist of Content Marketing for Webs and Pagemodo, and also manages our social media presence. She can be found on a dance floor, or on her iPhone keeping up with trends in marketing and tech. Get more from Deanna on the Webs Blog and Twitter.