Changing the Equation – Int’l Women’s Hackathon, sponsored by Microsoft Research

Women in Tech

California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM) has participated in the annual International Women’s Hackathon, Apr 26, 2014!

The International Women’s Hackathon is sponsored by Microsoft Research to empower young women leaders in computer science. This year’s event was open to all female students, ages 16 and older. Teams of 4 – 6 girls made a website, game, cloud based service, application, or mobile app to address one of these two challenges: Teens and Distracted Driving or Encourage More Women in STEM.

The Hackathon at the Cal State San Marcos location was a great success! Out of the 70 registered participants, 52 came to the2014-04-26 11.04.44 event, representing 6 colleges and 6 high schools. The girls enjoyed the recorded sessions from the International Women’s Hackathon headquarters at the USA Science & Engineering Festival (Washington DC), inspirational lunch speakers, and most importantly collaboration with peers and mentors to create their own solution for the challenges.

Why we need to encourage critical computer programming and STEM skills in our future women leaders

By 2018, there will be 1.4 million open technology jobs in the United States, yet at the current rate of job growth, only 29 percent of future computer scientists will be women. In order to build the most innovative technology solutions and solve the world’s toughest problems, we need teams that are diverse. To achieve that, we must not only ensure that San Diego is a great place for women engineers to work, we must also join with others to help bridge the gender gap in technology careers.

Changing the Equation – San Diego Women in Technology www.sandiegohackathon.org

We hope this annual event can be used as a springboard to help increase female engineers in San Diego!