Even though I was one of the less experienced people there, there was always something I could contribute to. If I thought of a feature for our app but didn’t entirely know how to implement it, I could always find the help I needed.
By Catherine Stevens (Contributing Writer, UnCollege)
Last month, I attended my first hackathon, Everyone Hacks, in San Francisco. Prior to that, I had had a little computer science experience, but I had never done any “real” coding:
Sample size matters.
By Tess Rinearson (Sophomore, Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science)
“This Marine Infantry Course Proved Too Much For Its First Two Women Applicants.”
“Female Lieutenants Flunk Marine Corps’ Fierce Infantry Training.”
“Second Female Marine Fails Grueling Infantry Officer Course.”
Since 2009, the number of female undergraduates majoring in CS at Stanford has increased 9.5%. The introductory course has reached gender parity.
By Billy Gallagher (Writer, TechCrunch)
“Dude, I think that girl sitting in front of us is a CS major.”
“Nah, look at that glittery shit in her hair.”
Bonnie McLindon, a junior computer science major at Stanford University, fumes as she works in CS 103, her hardest class
There’s a focus at Hacker School to ship. People will ask you about what you build every week. You get to ship and tell people about it.
By Jane Wang (Hacker, Etsy)
Women who are interested in programming and computer science should be encouraged to take the leap in the new year and apply to Hacker School now. The application is open until Tuesday, January 1 at 11:59pm EST.
Here are 5 reasons why you should apply
Stories of pair programming and female bonding told at the Hackbright Girl Geek Dinner last week.
Code Camp is Square’s immersion program for women engineers.
By Jude Komuves (VP People, Square)
Square started with three engineers in an apartment. Three years later, we’ve grown to over 400 people and helped over 2 million individuals and businesses get started and grow their business with our tiny credit card reader.
Great ideas can come from anywhere, which is why we’ve worked to build a culture at Square that encourages
The key point is to network really well and understand all the different pieces that compile together to result in your final review.
By Rupa Dachere (Founder, CodeChix & Software Engineer, VMware)
Your annual review – everyone’s favorite topic… One of the most difficult and stress-inducing issues in our industry is understanding how you are going to be evaluated. It is more of an art than a science, which makes it a bigger hurdle for logical-minded developers.
First off, setting concrete goals for each quarter
“The word ‘engineering’ sounds intimidating and nerdy and technical. There’s just so much more to it – I’m trying to make it more accessible.” – Goldieblox founder Debra Sterling.
By Amy-Willard Cross (Editor, Vitamin W)
Goldieblox is poised for a happy ending. With this new toy, girls may have a happy ending too: “She became an engineer and built things that helped people, and they all lived happily ever after.”
There’s a known female engineering deficit; women make up just 11% of the profession. It’s a problem
If you are a young girl in tech, realize that you will be different, accept that, but don’t expect others to change for you.
By Frances Advincula (Software Engineer, Accenture)
I was at a party my Filipino family friends threw for my twenty-first birthday last weekend when one of the younger kids asked me how I became such a young successful professional.
The term “successful” is debatable, I would say, but I nevertheless decided to write down some of the lessons I’ve learned
Software engineer Tracy Chou answers the Quora question “What are some particularly female engineer-friendly companies to work for in San Francisco?”
By Tracy Chou (Software Engineer, Pinterest)
It’s the first place, in school or professionally, that I’ve not been aware or made aware of my gender, ever, in any situation. I don’t feel like a female engineer.
I’m just an engineer, and I’m expected and empowered to do great work like every other engineer on the team.