All-Girl Hackathon at RIT highlights growing interest of coding among women

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    Henrietta, N.Y. (WHAM) - Hundreds of women showed off their coding skills today at RIT.

    This was part of an All-Women Hackathon, that lasted 24 hours.

    The goal is to show the growing interest of coding among women.

    They made everything from websites, to apps, to video games.

    The event also helps women network, as they begin to enter the field of technology.

    "Many STEM fields and programming in Silicon Valley and all that are very male dominated, and we really want to strive to change that," said Sneha Vaswani, an RIT student.

    "It's very tiring of course, but it's definitely worth it. They learn so much. A girl who comes here as a freshman and continues to do it her first year, second year, and so on. It's a good opportunity to get jobs, you can meet sponsors and really harness your coding skills."

    This was the largest crowd in the events five year history.

    There were more than 250 women from different colleges and high schools.

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