Monthly Archives: March 2012

HackNY Recap

HackNY Recap

I went to my first hackNY hackathon this past weekend, and, boy, am I glad I did. The energy there is incredible. I’m pretty sure that hackNY is beginning to outgrow its venue, but, really, that just contributes to that buzzy feeling I had throughout the event. The quality of the hacks was also great. I am repeatedly amazed by the stuff that my peers can throw together in 24-hours. I also noticed that the …

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Notes from Penn’s Open Forum on Brogramming (and Sexism in Computer Science)

Notes from Penn’s Open Forum on Brogramming (and Sexism in Computer Science)

Two of Penn’s Computer Science groups hosted an open forum on brogramming last night. Yes, you read me right. Brogramming. Or that awkward mashup-man of programmer and frat bro. We had an entire forum on brogramming–and, by extension, sexism in computer science. (About two dozen people showed up.) This all started when Penn’s general computer science student group considered making “Brogrammer” shirts for a bacchanal Penn tradition. When this was proposed, there was some resistance which …

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The same old story: It’s not sexist if it’s a joke!

The same old story: It’s not sexist if it’s a joke!

The same story has played itself out on my screen a couple of times over the past few months. Let me paraphrase it for you: 1. Potentially sexist statement made. 2. Upset response (usually mostly from women). 3. “No no, it’s not sexist! It’s a joke! I’m telling you, it’s okay!” – response (often from men, but often women too). 4. Debate ensues. 5. Eventually, an apology. I need to be clear about something. Women in …

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Dear Wired, Women Go to Hackathons, Too

Dear Wired, Women Go to Hackathons, Too

Dear Wired Magazine, I want to thank you for sending a photographer to PennApps. PennApps is the University of Pennsylvania’s biannual, student-run hackathon. It was a big honor to be featured visually in “The Hackathon Is On,” and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing photographs of my friends in your magazine. Some of my classmates are upset that you didn’t mention PennApps anywhere in the article, but this doesn’t really bother me. I understand that you’re trying …

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