If you meet the energetic Alicia Carr, Director of Women Who Code Atlanta – she shares a simple thought “the world of technology is much better with women in it.” After being part of the first-ever Women Who Code Hackathon in Atlanta here on Friday, we approve of this.
It was a 54-hour event with 100 plus participants including designers, problem-solvers, mentors, developers and coders, career expo, workshops and some feminine energy. All this was a proof that there are plenty of women interested in programming, innovation, and all things related to changing the gender gap in the tech industry.
“This hackathon is a chance to show the true depth of diversity that exists in the technology industry. There’s no single face of tech. This event encourages women to take on challenges and when they do that, amazing things can be accomplished,” said Carr.
According to the National Center for Women & Information Technology’s most recent statistics, women made up 26 percent of computing workforce in 2014, down from 36 percent in 1991. They also broke down the numbers even more – with black women holding only three percent while Latinos holding one percent.
“When women make more money, 90 percent is reinvested in families and communities” added Alaina Percival, CEO of Women Who Code while sharing her vision about women in tech.
There were several workshops and seminars in various aspects of technology featuring Women Who Code CEO Alaina Percival, Jennifer Bonnet the General Manager of ATDC, Joey Womack the Founder of Amplify 4 Good, Ceasar Mitchell the Atlanta City Council President, and Regina Wallace-Jones, Head of Security operations at Facebook were there at the hackathon.
Regina Wallace-Jones who is also a member of the WWCode Advisory Board, said, “There is a power in bringing people together in order to create something completely new. It goes beyond the code, speaking to both the heart and mind of those involved. Find what inspires you! Then use your skills to make a change.”