Twivo is a simple idea: protect yourself from spoilers by censoring references to a given TV show until you can get home and catch up. It's a nice little tool with a great backstory: it was created in only 10 hours by a high school student, who was the only female entrant to finish her project in a local hackathon.
Jennie Lamere, a 17-year-old high school student in Nashua, New Hampshire, was the only female entrant to deliver a completed project at the TVnext Hackathon in Boston last month. (There were four other women who entered but did not finish.) She also won not only her category but the event's equivalent of Best in Show, besting contributions from professional coders at ESPN and Klout.
Twivo is simple; only a few hundred lines of code, it's an extension for the Chrome browser that's a sort of search-and-censor tool for Twitter viewed in the browser. Want to avoid knowing who went home on last night's Top Chef? Enter "Top Chef" and it'll block out any references to it until you can get home.
Mother Jones takes a look at it from a gender perspective; female entrants are rare in hackathons and in the coding community at large. Lamere, for her part, seems unfazed, noting that "it's something that I'm used to at these things."
Her extension isn't publicly available yet, but a company called Furious Minds says it intends to help her polish and release Twivo in the coming weeks.
"...Jennie Lamere, a 17-year-old high school student in Nashua, New Hampshire, was the only female entrant to deliver a completed project at the TVnext Hackathon in Boston last month..."
Why was she the only female entrant? Is she really ambitious? Is the quantity of females associated with this low? Do all the men their hate woman? This point was mention, I am just curious to know?
"...Mother Jones takes a look at it from a gender perspective; female entrants are rare in hackathons and in the coding community at large. Lamere, for her part, seems unfazed, noting that "it's something that I'm used to at these things..." By what census does Mother Jones KNOW female entrants are rare in hackathon in the coding community at large? I am curious of this too? Is it just a opinioned feeling, if so that is ok, I just like to known.
I admire Lamere free independent response to her goals!
That is very COOL!!!!!!!!!!!
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-Wonder- I don't know if the article was edited after your post, but your question is answered in the very next sentence. The one in brackets.
"Jennie Lamere, a 17-year-old high school student in Nashua, New Hampshire, was the only female entrant to deliver a completed project at the TVnext Hackathon in Boston last month. (There were four other women who entered but did not finish.)"
Your 2nd question,"By what census does Mother Jones KNOW female entrants are rare in hackathon in the coding community at large?"
I'm guessing by direct observation and talking to people in attendance at these events, you know, collecting a "census" If you follow the link it'll tell you so,
"the only other females in attendance, that I saw anyway, were an organizer, two camerawomen, a caterer, three judges, and a participant's wife."
"We marketed the hackathon to the entire developer community, and the demographics of the participants mirror the demographics of the community itself," Proulx, the event spokesman, tells Mother Jones. "We had a diverse demographic, but obviously the majority of the people were male."
Both of your questions boil down to the same fact of western history. The work force, be it science, military, academics, etc, has predominantly been male driven. In the past it was only during times of war, (WWI, WWII, American revolution, etc) that a vacancy was left in the work force. As a result women took up the burden left by their war fairing counterparts. When the men came home the majority of women went back to being homemakers. However, since the various sexual revolutions of the 60's, 80's and 90's, women have been gaining empowerment and self dependance. As a result women have begun to slowly permeate the work force. However it is still relatively rare to find a woman pursuing a professional career, be it computer programing, experimental physics, chemists, doctors, business CEO's, as well as the in demand trades (welders, electricians, plumbers, etc.) It is a sad fact that very few fields are predominately operated by women, although with time that is slowly changing.
It's just possible that this event is not particularly enticing to a large number of females.
The computer software area certainly seems to include significant numbers of females -- at least it did before I retired a few years ago, and I doubt that it's changed. There were female software engineers, female project leaders and female managers. Not surprisingly, their skill levels were comparable to their male counterparts.
So maybe most just aren't interested in Hackathon.
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar
Also, kudos to Jennie Lamere.
Lol, A friend of mine that knew her was pretty pissed considering that he could actually hack and stuff. it was pretty funny
-D13- Where do I say that "women are intimidated by men" I don't say this, because it is a load of BS. Anyone can experience intimidation, man or woman, its how you deal with it that proves your worth.
Through out history some of our greatest, and most powerful monarchs, were women. From England all the way back to the Egyptians and Mesopotamian. The benefits that women bring to society has been known about since ancient times, hence the adage, "behind every good man, is a good woman."
You yourself point out that it is only more recently in history that, "Women now have the freedom to do as they wish." Maybe something to do with those sexual revolutions I was referring to....
By the way you directed your comments at me, but nothing I actually said, leaves me wondering if your not the one with something to prove.
Here are some of those sh-Einsteins you were wondering about,
-Joan de Arc
-Rosa Parks (Talk about refusing to bow to intimidation)
-Dr. Sally Ride
-Etc, etc, etc........