This all-women hackathon is gunning for total inclusivity - Philly


Feb. 22, 2017 12:35 pm

This all-women hackathon is gunning for total inclusivity

FemmeHacks is happening Friday and Saturday. We spotted an important disclaimer on the event's page

At FemmeHacks Spring 2016. Organizer Andrea Baric is second from right.

(Photo via Facebook)

FemmeHacks, the all-women hackathon for college students , is happening again this Friday and the organizers are obviously very excited.

The free two-day event, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania‘s Women in Computer Science (WiCS) club, will happen at Penn’s Engineering School at the Pennovation Center.


The event’s last iteration rallied together 100 college and high school women over two days. The devs created software like Bias Buster, a web app that uses text analysis to identify and correct bias, and WordGirl, a web app and Chrome extension that rates webpages for their similarity to a trigger or keyword.

Per organizer Andrea Baric, FemmeHackers at the event will have some pretty legit backing and guidance. “There will be super awesome tech companies like Google, Facebook, Snapchat, Jane Street, and others like The New York Times who will bring women mentors to answer any questions you have.” Baric told in an email.

We noticed an important disclaimer is made on the event’s “About” page. “We realize ‘women’ is a complicated term. Trans/cis/non-binary folks welcomed. Equality for all, y’all.”

Can we get this disclaimer everywhere? Thanks.

Roberto Torres

Roberto Torres became Lead Philly Reporter in May 2016. Prior, he was a freelance contributor to and Al Dia News. The native Venezuelan moved to Philadelphia in 2015 after reporting on research at his alma mater, the University of Zulia. Whenever he's not fencing deadlines, he can be found standing in line at Overbrook Pizza in West Philly, running Netflix/Hulu marathons with his wife or reading news from Venezuela.


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