On Saturday morning, over 150 women came together for the second Tech Lady Hackathon and training day organized by Leah Bannon. All day, DC-area women in tech were learning, doing, and learning by doing, in a supportive, women-only environment.
Buscando led by Aliya Rahman and several Code for Progress fellows, connecting individuals and families to resources and organizations that are helping undocumented and unaccompanied minors get food, clothing, education, and medical care.
A common misconception is that only developers can contribute to projects like these, but each of the projects at the Tech Lady Hackathon were created by people at all levels of experience contributing a wide variety of skills.
..and Elizabeth Byerly gave a tutorial on using the statistical software R to crunch data.
Shannon Turner gave a practical introduction to coding for beginners.
Sonia Hinson showed everyone the basics of using HTML and CSS to create and style webpages.
Shannon Turner led an intermediate-level introduction to using the web framework Django to create full-featured websites.
Anthea Watson Strong gave a crash course in keeping your projects on track and on time using effective project management techniques.
Rachel Shorey guided attendees through SQL and how to use it for managing databases.
One room was set aside for drop-in mentoring sessions, where women sought out one another's advice on topics ranging from how to land a tech job to how to get started on personal projects.
The day wrapped up with a panel discussion led by Lean In DC, Catherine Colwell, Shana Glenzer, Vivian Graubard, and Anthea Watson Strong discussed their experiences being in the field. Lisa Bonos served as moderator.
My favorite part about the event is the community that's formed since the first one in December. Collectively we have a tremendous amount of talent and expertise, and it's been incredible to learn so much from everyone else in the community.
Special thanks to Google for hosting in their beautiful DC office and providing food and space;
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