Relive the ‘Hack the Gender Gap’ Women’s Hackathon and Symposium

    by Mark Glaser
    November 5, 2014
    The women at the WVU wearables hackathon interacted with the women at the panel at Google via a Hangout on Air. Photo by David Smith/WVU Reed College of Media

    When PBS MediaShift began planning the bi-coastal “Hack the Gender Gap” event with WVU’s Reed College of Media, we knew this would be a complex undertaking. A women’s panel at Google HQ in Mountain View, Calif. with top tech and media people in attendance? Check. A women’s hackathon on wearables at WVU focused on female college students, faculty and pros? Check. But could we bring them together?

    With the magic of Google Hangouts on Air, we were able to have a panel of top women discuss current issues as well as how they had succeeded, with students at WVU watching, being inspired and asking questions. The entire weekend event, from Oct. 24 to 26, was a huge success not only because of the great participation and smart ideas at the Hackathon — but because it showed just how powerful women can be when given the space and time to show their skills.

    We’ve rounded up a collection of photos, the live-stream of the panel, as well as coverage on PBS MediaShift and beyond. Plus, there’s a great Storify highlighting the top moments on the #GenderGap hashtag on Twitter during the weekend. If we missed any good links of coverage, please add them to the comments.


    Web Coverage

    Why Wearables Could be a Breakthrough for Women in Tech, by Daniela Velazquez (Fast Company)

    Women in tech ‘hack the gender gap’, by Carolina Wilson (Peninsula Press)

    Hack the gender: Womens hackathon aims to show young women a future in tech, by Erin Carson (TechRepublic)


    Wearable Tech Hackathon at West Virginia University (HilaryTopper.com)

    Students attempt to hack the gender gap with tech, by Evelyn Merithew (Daily Athenaeum)

    Event deals with gender gap in technology (IndependentHerald.com)

    MediaShift Coverage

    How the Women’s Hackathon on Wearables Inspired Students to Lead, by Dana Coester

    Finding Success at the Women’s Hackathon for Wearables at WVU, by Emily Corio

    3 Lessons from the Hack the #GenderGap Panel, by Julie Keck



    We produced a Google Hangout on Air to capture both the symposium at Google, as well as the questions from some students at WVU. Here’s the entire program from that night at Google and WVU:


    Emily Corio from WVU was one of the mentor/facilitators at the Hackathon, and she put together this Storify to sum up the symposium and Hackathon in one place.

    Mark Glaser is executive editor and publisher of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Renee and sons Julian and Everett. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit and Circle him on Google+

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