All-girl hackathon draws over 130 participants

The all-girl hackathon had participants as young as 8 years old in attendance. (Photo provided by AT&T)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHAM) - More than 130 local girls turned out for the <ROCGirlHacks> Powered by AT&T hackathon on Saturday.

The event was a collaboration between AT&T, iCanCode and Women in Computing at RIT. The event was held at RIT's B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences and featured mentors from RIT, tech companies and local developers who worked alongside participants on projects. Participants built apps, games, websites, animations and interactive stories related to cyberbullying and internet safety, while being judged on their teamwork, code skills and design skills. The hackathon also challenged participants to come up with technological solutions and tools to address the growing problem of cyberbullying and internet safety, while awarding for best design skills, code skills and teamwork.

Coding and computer science related skills are quickly becoming one of the most desired job skills to possess in today’s global economy. Programs like the hackathon are designed to introduce and engage youth to future career opportunities that are available in the fields of information technology and coding.

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