A female-only hackathon is happening in Toronto next month

Jan 17 2018, 6:03 pm

Gone are the days of hackathons being dominated by male coders.

Now, we’re finally seeing more bad ass female coders showing off their programming chops at hacking events around the world.

Here in Toronto, a female-run group is giving females in tech the opportunity to join together in what is often a male-dominated space.

Called ElleHacks, the female-only hackathon takes place February 2 to 4 at the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University. The event is organized by students with a background in STEM fields and welcomes female post-secondary students, recent grads, and even high school students to participate.

Females of all experience levels and technical and creative backgrounds are welcome and they will have the opportunity to test their skills and work on unique projects in a safe, comfortable and supportive space.

“With technology at the forefront of our daily lives, girls are expressing more interest than ever in joining STEM fields,” says Gagan Kaur, 31, who is a Software Engineer.

It’s events and initiatives like ElleHacks that help lower barriers in the tech industry, says Kaur.

“This event gives girls the chance to get their creative juices flowing in a space where they’re comfortable and easily able to experiment. With this confidence, females are better able to meet demands when they are out in the world fixing real-world problems,” says Kaur.

The event runs for 32 hours and aside from hacking there will also be inspirational speeches from the event sponsors and various workshops and training on the agenda.

The deadline to register is January 22 and there’s no registration fee required.

ElleHacks Female-Only Hackathon

When: February 2 to 4
Where: Lassonde School of Engineering, 4700 Keele Street, North York

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