Students from Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Mount Holyoke, Swarthmore, and Wellesley recently came together recently for the first-ever "SisterHacks."
"Our goal for SisterHacks was to promote computer science at the Seven Sisters Colleges and strengthen the Seven Sisters bond," says Jocelyn Dunkley '20, who organized the event with Kellie Dinh '19.
The event included an Alumnae in Tech Tea, where six alumnae from Barnard, Bryn Mawr, and Wellesley talked about their different experiences in tech and the value of a women's liberal arts education. Workshops at the hackathon included "Introduction to Web Development;" "Introduction to Unity," hosted by Jessica Linker in Digital Scholarship, a Twilio workshop run by Lizzie Siegle '18 and a Microsoft HoloLens demonstration run by Palak Bhandari from LITS.
As with most hackathons, SisterHacks included a competition in which teams tried to turn their computing ideas into a finished product. The winning team developed a new meeting/scheduling app.Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Swarthmore College Aline Normoyle and Bryn Mawr Assistant Professor of Computer Science Richard Eisenberg served as judges.
The organizers of SisterHacks plan to make the event a yearly opportunity for students and alumnae from the Seven Sisters and other women's colleges to get together on Bryn Mawr's campus.For more information about the event, visit the SisterHacks website.