RIT Women in Computing Presents: WiCHacks
At some point during our time at RIT, we’ve heard the term “hackathon” thrown around, but a lot of people, including myself, have no idea what that is. At first, I thought it was where a group of people got together and tried to crack passwords and the like. Clearly, I had no idea what it actually was until WiCHacks occurred this past weekend, and prompted me to actually look into what it really is.
As it turns out, the WiCHacks hosted by RIT Women in Computing, is afull 24-hour long hackathon, a collaborative computer programming event where programmers can create websites, games, apps, and other types of software in the 24-hour period. Any female college student (or high school student of at least 16 years of age) can participate, even if you’re totally new to programming like myself. They offer workshops to help new programmers learn and to assist teams of programmers.
What’s more, is that the event is completely free and all meals (including snacks) are provided! This past weekend was a huge success, hosting around 100 women broken up into 35 teams, ranging from ages 16-26 years-old! WiCHacks at RIT shapes a promising atmosphere for young women to explore and embrace the field of technology so that they can confidently forge their paths within the tech industry.
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