Here are a three main reasons why women should attend hackathons:
It’s the Best Way to Learn
Hackathons have provided a really powerful vehicle for getting new people into the tech world. They provide the perfect opportunity to dive in and learn a ton. It doesn’t matter how basic or advanced your skills are, hackathon will be a great place to learn something new.
Become Part of the Community
There’s no better place to get more involved with the tech community than at hackathons. You will make friends, have fun and possibly even find co-founders for your startup. So whether you are an experienced hacker, CS major or just taking a peek at the tech world, you should start with attending your first hackathon.
Create a Ripple Effect
We have gotten really good at convincing young males to attend hackathons. Leaders in the male-dominated hackathon community have convinced their male friends to join. After someone goes to their first good hackathon, that person immediately begins asking when the next hackathon is, and the next thing you know, they have become evangelists themselves, inviting their friends.
We can achieve this same outcome with women. Already, leaders like Tess Rinearson, Katie Siegel, Amy Chen, and Taylor Barnett are taking up the mantle in their own communities.
If you’re a female or male leader in the tech community, reach out to your female friends and invite them to the next hackathon you’re going to.
If you’re reading this post and interested in tech, sign up for the next hackathon near you and make sure to bring at least one other female friend with you. Having her there would make it less intimidating if you’re going for the first time and would make a double impact.
Here are a few places to start looking for hackathons and getting involved with the community: