Narrowing the Gender Gap at Hackathons

Narrowing the Gender Gap at Hackathons

As hackathons become more prevalent, one thing has (mostly) stayed the same: the ratio of male to female hackathon participants is often lower than the ratio in the broader computer science community. How can hackathon organizers be mindful of this issue, and encourage a diverse pool of participants? As it turns out, the same changes that make hackathons better for female participants, make hackathons better for all participants.

This talk will cover the basics of how to run an inclusive hackathon. We will discuss several high school and college hackathons, and study which strategies hackathon organizers are successfully using "in the field", the lessons they've learned, and the results they've seen.


Amalia Hawkins

May 18, 2014