It’s no secret: There are fewer women in tech than there are men. According to a 2015 survey of more than 26,000 programmers by Stack Overflow, an online Q&A community for coders, 92.1 percent of the respondents identified as male; only 5.8 percent identified as female. (The remaining respondents either chose “other” or declined to answer.) The survey was conducted online in February and included respondents from 157 countries.
As women working in the tech industry, we are passionate about encouraging diversity and outreach to minority groups. Research proves that an industry rich with diversity grows, innovates and pushes the boundaries of current status quo. A tech industry that embraces and represents all of the human race’s unique expressions is necessary to fully understand and address the world’s problems, and create solutions for global markets.
We are hosting a hackathon to bring women in technology in the Atlanta area together to form a community and encourage more women to get into and stay in tech.
The hackathon’s larger mission is to create new platforms in purpose of helping Georgia’s sex trafficking victims and their families. Atlanta is rated #1 in the country for sex trafficking. The statistics are staggering. Over 5,000 girls are at-risk of being sex trafficked in Georgia every year. Approximately 374 girls are commercially sexually exploited monthly in Georgia. Each month, 12,400 men in Georgia pay for sex with an underaged girl and 7,200 of them exploit adolescent females1. This needs to stop.
We are proud to participate in the greater effort to bring about awareness and help put an end to this abuse and exploitation.
The hackathon will be held from Friday, June 3rd through Sunday, June 5th at POSSIBLE Mobile Atlanta. We will kick off Friday with dinner and a guest speaker at 6:30 PM. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided on Saturday and final presentations will be held on Sunday at 2PM. Hackathon winners will go home with new Apple Watches.
Due to an overwhelming response to our hackathon, we are expanding our number of entries. To sign up visit our website at http://diversifyhacking.com/
We would also like to thank our sponsors, POSSIBLE Mobile and the Atlanta General Assembly.