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Four Reasons Every Female Developer Should Attend A Hackathon

Even for a seasoned computer programmer, hackathons can be an amazing opportunity to learn, network, and think outside the box. Success stories like GroupMe and the Facebook "Like" button (both of which came from humble hackathon beginnings) may feel unattainable to the average engineer, but that's half the fun! You never know what your team will come up with in the collaborative, fast-paced, rule-bending hackathon environment.


At the 2015 Emirates Travel Hackathon in San Francisco, software engineer Susan Chin and her all-women team took first place in the competition. Susan is no stranger to hackathons. She knows first-hand that hackathon attendees—like the tech world at large—are skewed heavily male. After a fellow attendee congratulated Susan on her win by saying, "I rarely see an all-girls team at hackathons, much less win one," she wrote a list of "Why More Women Should Attend Hackathons" on Women Who Code's blog. Here's why she thinks more women should try their hand at these rewarding events:

"Sharpen your public speaking/presentation skills"

Even if you're not a fan of presenting in front of a group, chances are you'll need to perfect this skill at some point in your career. Hackathons provide a great informal setting to practice public speaking and pitching your work to strangers.

"Network and have fun!"

Experienced programmers, eager newcomers, company representatives—hackathons have them all! Susan urges participants to keep an eye out for potential mentors. "If you meet someone who knows more than you, just ask them if you can contact them with more questions," she suggests. "The answer will always be no if you don't ask."

"Foster teamwork"

Working in the tech industry typically means working on a team, and that's a good thing! As Susan explains, "It's possible to build a good app by yourself, but you need a team to make a great app because it becomes a collective of all the different great ideas."

"Learn, learn, learn"

OK, so your team might not create the next GroupMe app—heck, you might not even finish your app at all. But if you attend a hackathon and put in the effort, you'll come away with new skills and knowledge that will make you a better engineer.

Are you interested in attending a hackathon, but perhaps not so thrilled about having to prove yourself in yet another male-dominated tech space? Consider starting with a women-only hackathon. Over the past year, women-only events have been held in Philadelphia, San Diego, Dubai, and even online. It's the perfect solution! You can experience all the fun of a traditional hackathon, but no one will ever ask you what it's like to be the only woman in the room—win-win.

To read Susan Chin's article about the benefits of hackathons in its entirety, check it out here.

Join PowerToFly today to become part of our fast-growing network of all-star women in tech.

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How These Companies Are Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

According to a recent study, anti-Asian hate crimes have risen 150% since the pandemic started. But these acts of violence are not new — they are part of a much larger history of anti-Asian racism and violence in the U.S.

That makes celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (which was named a month-long celebration in May by Congress in 1992 "to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843 and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869") this year all the more important.

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The Secrets to Balancing Work and Family Life

3 Pieces of Advice from Working Moms at Pluralsight

Being fully committed to work and family is a challenge that many working parents have to take on. It can be exhausting and thankless pursuing a fulfilling full-time career, while taking an active role as a parent. Achieving a healthy balance can help keep you motivated and productive at work, while allowing you to be fully present when you're home.

We recently chatted with working moms at technology skills platform, Pluralsight, about their best advice for striking that elusive work-life balance. Here were their key points:

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How to Make the Most of Being on a Growing Team: 3 Tips from Plex’s Adriana Bosinceanu

When the startup Adriana Bosinceanu was working for got acquired, things changed fast.

She went from being one of eight engineers on a small team building a streaming service to joining a company that was five times larger and had a much bigger scope.

That company was Plex, where Adriana has been working remotely as a software engineer for the last four and a half years.

As her team grew from two people to ten, Adriana decided to lean into the opportunity to grow; along the way, she found herself deepening her technical skills, her self-confidence, and her relationships. We sat down with Adriana to learn exactly how she did that, and to hear the tips she has for other engineers experiencing growth opportunities on their team.

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10 Tips to Stand Out at a Virtual Job Fair

Your guide to preparing for virtual career fairs and making a great impression with recruiters

According to a LinkedIn survey, up to 85% of jobs are filled via networking. For job seekers, virtual job fairs make networking with recruiters more convenient. You can interact with potential employers from all over the world, ask them questions, and apply for jobs. Every event is different, but they most often include video conferencing features, chat rooms, and Q&A sessions.

Dilyara Timerbulatova, Virtual Job Fair Coordinator at PowerToFly explains that, "virtual job fairs have many benefits, namely connecting top talent and recruiters that would otherwise never cross paths. These events are a tool to help companies build well-rounded, diverse teams that align with the company culture and business vision."

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Pride At Work: Learn more about Our Partners, Sponsors & Speakers

Learn more about our amazing speakers and sponsors at our June 2021 virtual summit Diversity Reboot: Pride At Work, three days of conversations and panels plus an interactive virtual career fair.

Our Pride At Work summit certainly made us proud! PowerToFly was thrilled to present talks by members of the LGBTQIA+ community alongside some amazing allies. Our conversations ranged from leaders at the highest levels of government positions to visionaries in the worlds of business & tech to artists from the music and entertainment industry. If you tuned in, and celebrated our speakers, thank you! And if you missed the summit or would like to re-watch any of the talks, those conversations will all be available to watch for free on PowerToFly.

We want to extend a HUGE thanks to our amazing sponsors American Express, NGA, Smartsheet, S&P Global, Raytheon Technologies, PwC and Esri plus our media partner MMCA.

If you can, please consider donating to some of the amazing organizations we highlighted at the summit including GLITS, fighting for the health and rights of transgender sex workers; Garden State Equality, the largest LGBTQIA+ advocacy organization in New Jersey, with over 150,000 members; National Black Justice Coalition, a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, including people living with HIV/AIDS; and NYC Anti-Violence Project, empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.

Plus, don't forget to visit our Merch Store and grab yourself some PowerToFly apparel. 100% of the proceeds from our sales will be going to TransTech Social, supporting transgender and non-binary people in tech.

Finally, registration for our July 12th - 15th virtual summit Diversity Reboot: Tech For Social Impact is now open! Join us to learn about founders from mission-driven organizations and their social impact. Register for free here
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