Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Technica - University of Maryland’s all-women hackathon

My name is Jennifer Le and I am a member of the organizing team for Technica, the University of Maryland’s all-women hackathon. I would like to cordially invite all female and non-binary students within the Honors College to participate in our event this year!

A hackathon is a creative and collaborative event where students gather to grow their coding skills, explore different aspects of the technological world, and collaboratively push the limits of technology as we know it today. However, most hackathons today are primarily male populated, which can often discourage women from attending. Technica’s goal is to introduce and support young women in technology in order to tackle this problem of diversity in tech. Thus, we are convening sponsors, mentors, volunteers, and (this is where you come in!) enthusiastic female coders for a hacktastic weekend to learn more about the field and code up some amazing projects.

A bit more info: Technica is open to women and non-binary folks of all levels of technical background and all majors, so whether a student is an expert hacker or has never written a line of code, they will spend an incredible weekend at our event. Additionally, we provide free lodging, food, swag and mentorship for the whole duration. Last year, Technica drew over 400 attendees from a variety of backgrounds, including 85 high school students, and this year, we hope to double both numbers. In addition, this year, the week leading up to the hackathon will also be filled with tech workshops and info sessions held at the University of Maryland to prepare attendees with skills to build something new or solve difficult problems - more info on this to come!

Registration for Technica is currently open and the application can be found on our website. Additionally, students can stay in the loop (pun intended!) by liking Technica on Facebook or following us on Twitter. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Technica team via email at hello@gotechnica.org, or through our Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you for your time and we hope to see you on November 5th!

Best regards,
Jennifer Le

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