Registration open for free, all-girls hackathon for secondary school students
A free, all-girls hackathon is being held this fall through Women in Computing at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Applications are open until Oct. 25 for sixth- through 12th-grade girls to join the program called ROCGirl Hacks – aimed at learning and teaching code, working together and encouraging interest in technology.
Lana Verschage, director of diversity initiatives and deputy Title IX coordinator, said participants will learn coding by creating websites, games and more. When asked why it’s important to provide opportunities for young women to learn more about technology, particularly computing, she said because it broadens “the reach of computing education and (encourages) more girls to choose to study computing, which in turn will increase the number of women in the field.”
According to its website, Women in Computing is part of the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, and is dedicated to “promoting the success and advancement of women and all gender minorities in their academic and professional careers.”