Photos taken during Technica, a 24-hour all-ladies hackathon held at the University of Maryland in November 2015. I took these photos for Technica’s Facebook page and interviewed the participants to learn about their career aspirations and tech interests.

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“I heard about Technica through the Association for Women in Computing, and it sounded really excited. I wanted to apply my programming skills somewhere other than in the classroom. This is my first hackathon. I might built an Android app.” Moira Dewey, University of Maryland junior computer science and art history major
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“I switched my major from international studies to computer science because I found that you can solve problems in other ways than politics. This is my first hackathon, and I love that it’s all-women because I often feel out of place in my CS department. After college, I want to get into data science or work as a developer at a company with a good work culture.” Yemariam Mamo, junior computer science major at American University
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Perri Carroll (right), a University of Maryland Baltimore master’s of public health student: “I’ve never done coding. My little sister does Mindcraft. We said, ‘Let’s go do some workshops.'” Payton Carroll, an eighth grader at Elkridge Landing Middle School in Howard County: “There are tons of new jobs popping up with coding, now that we’re in the digital age. I play Mindcraft and look up commands and codes to change things. I might sign up for a [video game] modding summer camp.”
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University of Maryland students Devi Srinivasan (junior bioengineering major), Emily Chen (senior cell biology and molecular genetics major) and Megan Dan (junior bioengineering major) practice picking locks. “I’m new to coding, and this is a nice environment to get introduced to it,” Srinivasan said. “It’s a good experience to see all that people can do with coding.”
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Saffana Humaira, a senior economics and computer science major at Duke University, is spending the semester in Washington, D.C. She’s started an all-women mentorship program in Bangladesh, primarily focusing on STEM but looking to expand to other industry. “I want to empower women to take ownership of whatever they want to be,” she said.
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“I attended the first Technica because of the opportunity that coding offers civil engineers. This Technica hackathon is awesome because anyone who is eager to code can do so in the company of mentors who can help them. Don’t let anyone hold you back. Just go for it.” Lucy Menon, civil engineer in Washington, D.C.
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“We made a mobile-friendly website that provides financial information to farmers who want to send their children to college. We went to every design workshop and learned about best practices. We’re here to learn something new.” Left to right: Anna Kutsulenko, Anna Jimenez and Maryia Nikitsina from Baruch College
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“Women deserve equal opportunities and representation in the tech world.” These are probably the first words for “Alpha,” daughter of software and business attorney Juliana Neelbauer. Technica was her second hackathon. She spent the weekend working with a Makey Makey.

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