The University of Maryland recently hosted the third-annual Technica, an all-women hackathon that featured more than 50 sponsors, including its university's engineering school and the computer, mathematical, and natural sciences college.
This year's event attracted about 900 female hackers to participate in various projects such as the creation of websites and apps.
Although many participants were involved in science, technology, engineering, and math-related fields in various universities, about 33% of the attendees were in high school.
The attendees comprised teams that competed to win awards such as "Best Cybersecurity Hack" and "Best Hack for Social Good."
In addition to awards and opportunities, the hackathon seeks to get more women involved in technology and build a community within the computer science field.
This event is unique because it builds up the confidence of female hackers and promotes their involvement in the field, says Jasmine Soni, a freshman computer science major who participated in the hackathon.
From The Diamondback (MD)
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