Last year, the Drexel Society of Women Engineers helped organized the first all-women student hackathon in Philadelphia. A freshman software engineer, Andrea Baric(pictured on left), had the idea to host this event and asked Drexel SWE to help bring her idea to fruition. This past February, the 2nd FemmeHacks was held at the University of Pennsylvania.
In its second iteration, FemmeHacks gathered over 100 college and high school women which attracted hackers from across the country for this two-day event. Many tech companies have been working hard to support the diversification of tech, and some like Google and Facebook showed their support in sponsoring FemmeHacks and sending engineers to help mentor the hackers. In addition to plenty of time for teams to work on their app, various engaging workshops were hosted on Friday night to introduce beginners to new technologies.
FemmeHacks will be back at again in 2017.