How would you define your values? What do you believe is important? Do these values extend to your community? Should these values extend to your community? As an organization that has been empowered by various communities across Canada, we value the importance of community and what makes each one special, because we know that we cannot change the world alone! Hackergal is on a mission to change the number of women who are pursuing STEAM and coding fields by creating a supportive community where anyone who identifies as a girl or woman can be empowered to be a creator or leader in technology! As Grace Hopper, one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, said “The most dangerous phrase in the human language is, ‘We’ve always done it this way.”. Hackergal is creating a movement for girls and girl-identified learners to be empowered through coding, community, and collaboration!
Hackergal’s 11th National Hackathon brings together leaders in tech, student ambassadors, a passionate community of educators, and coding in an event that inspires girls to explore the endless possibilities in code!. With over 26,000 girls participating in previous Hackergal Hackathons, our 11th National Hackathon is creating BIG change in the STEAM community. Happening virtually, from May 25th-June 1st 2022, our national Hackathon provides the opportunity for girls to come together, participate in coding webinars, and be inspired by women in tech trailblazers. Hearing from women in the industry like Julia Stoyko, a Software Engineer at Google provides girls with the opportunity to learn and aspire through participating in coding and graphic design webinars and interactive discussions. Girls have the opportunity to create friendships that go beyond the lines of code!
“The girls in our program are at that crucial age when they form personal narratives about their capabilities while making important decisions about their future. They are learning about problem-solving, critical thinking, and leadership skills as they are challenged to think about technology in new ways and be resilient in a supportive setting. These are the experiences that will set girls up for success and help them grow into Canada’s future tech champions.” Kumiko Imai, Director of Education at Hackergal
In our quest to close the gender gap in technology we know the most important thing to do is to start with our future generation of girls. It is imperative that we remove gender stereotypes to encourage girls to explore their full potential in STEAM starting at an early age.
Do you know any girls who would benefit from attending the Hackathon? Have them register now for Hackergal’s 11th National Hackathon!