UofM to host women’s virtual hackathon

UofM to host women’s virtual hackathon
This weekend the University of Memphis will host a women's virtual hackathon event.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The University of Memphis' FedEx Institute of Technology has partnered with a number of tech organizations in the city to host an all-women’s virtual hackathon.

The free event will be held Friday and Saturday, according to a release from the UofM.

The event, Tech Like a Girl, is designed to cultivate a positive experience for women in technology.

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Tech Like a Girl encourages women to collaborate on ideas and projects and attend sessions that highlight opportunities for women in technology, according to the release.

Participants must be at least 13 years old.

Women make up more than half of the college-educated workforce, but only 28% of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) workforce.

People in creative fields such as graphic design, art and writing are also encouraged to participate in the event.

From the release:

“As the FedEx Institute of Technology works to build Memphis' reputation as a leading destination for emerging technologies and tech innovation, the commitment to building diversity in the tech community is vital to realizing that goal and will help Memphis tech be competitive globally,” said Mary Ann Dawson, assistant director of the FedEx Institute of Technology. “ATHENA{techne} provides women in this region an opportunity to come together and showcase the amazing talent that this community has to offer.”

Programs specifically designed to encourage young women to engage in the experience will also be available.

Organizations like Black Girls Code, Blockchain901, Tech901, Memphis Public Libraries and CodeCrew are partners in cultivating the experience and helping make technology skills accessible for everyone, regardless of background.

For more information, contact Mary Ann Dawson, assistant director of the FedEx Institute of Technology, at mdawson@memphis.edu.