Women Around the World Hack for Good

Rane Johnson-Stempson –EdTech Magazine – Monday, 05 May 2014 (originally published 02 May)

Rane Johnson-Stempson  guiding young women
Rene Johnson -Stempson guides young women during this year’s Hackathon in Washington, D.C.
Image: Courtesy of Jerry Mischel

The second annual Microsoft International Women’s Hackathon, which I had the pleasure of coordinating, took place April 25–27 on college campuses around the world. The event is designed to encourage women undergraduates to enroll or remain in computer science programs, thereby preparing the next generation of women leaders in computing.

Mignon Clyburn, one of the five commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), then took the stage to discuss the important role women play in innovation and consensus building. She made a powerful plea for women to pursue STEM careers.

After that, young women around the world began hacking while staying in touch their peers via Lync. Participants demonstrated the collaborative spirit and creative energy that women can bring to computing . . .

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