How A 17-Year-Old Girl Won a Hackathon

“Babysteps are the key,” says Jennie. “I’ve attended five hackathons, but have only done one solo project. My first two hackathons, I didn’t do any work beyond the UI. Then, I worked with a friend with a similar knowledge on two hackathons, where I did about half the work. Finally, this weekend I ventured out on my own, and worked on my own. I’ve been interested in coding for about three years now, and though I still have much to learn, I feel as though I have been able to do a lot. By teaming up with friends, I was able to slowly learn how to make my own hacks.”

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  1. Someone asked me “So she does what everyone else does. What’s so special about her being a girl?”

    And the answer is “Nothing.”

    That she’s doing exactly what everyone else should do is the point. She’s no different from anyone else. Surprise! ❗

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