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Hear Me Code hosts first ‘Show and Tell’ for lady hack projects

At Hear me Code's first Show and Tell meeting, nine women presented their coding projects to a room full of, well, women.

Nine women presented projects at Hear Me Code's first Show and Tell night, Sept. 18, 2014. (Photo by Lalita Clozel)

It’s playful and friendly, with a lot of questions and nine projects coded from scratch: that’s what the first-ever Hear Me Code Show and Tell looked like.
Last Wednesday, about two dozen women convened at the New Organizing Institute to apply some of the skills they had learned at free classes held by the D.C. group or elsewhere.
Kate Pazoles had previously learned to code in a C++ class, she said. But “that was me and a bunch of guys.” Working with women, she said, “makes it easier to … feel free to ask questions.”
But her project, one of nine presented at this first Show and Tell night, will certainly be appreciated by all genders and most any creature of the capital. “I made a map of happy hours in D.C.,” she explained.
“Getting up in front of a room full of guys to present [a project] … it’s really intimidating,” said Hear me Code founder Shannon Turner, who is behind other empowering projects like Shut That Down and Watch This Instead.  These meetings are meant to help women learn coding in a freer environment.
“It’s like an incubator,” she said, “where we can build up our confidence.”

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