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Building Inclusive Technology Communities Through Hackathons

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From HITEC 2017 Building Inclusive Technology Communities Through Hackathons
HackHolyoke, the first student hackathon in the United States to achieve a 1:1 gender ratio, annually welcomes over 200 hackers from around the country to be fearless and truly innovative and to develop brilliantly new and disruptive technologies. In this session, HackHolyoke co-founder Eva Snyder and Major League Hacking’s co-founder Jon Gottfried will discuss how you can create inclusive technology environments for all students on your campus, including underrepresented groups, providing a safe space for beginners to take the first steps and also give advanced students the opportunity to learn something new.
Eva Snyder, South Hadley, MA; Jon Gottfried, Major League Hacking, Brooklyn, NY

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Building Inclusive Technology Communities Through Hackathons

  1. 1. Building Inclusive Technology Communities Through Hackathons
  2. 2. CO- FOUNDER MAJOR LEAGUE HACKING @JonMarkGo I’M JON GOTTFRIED
  3. 3. CO-FOUNDER HackHolyoke @evasnyder I’M EVA SNYDER
  4. 4. 1 2 3 4 5 Table of Contents Introduction to Hackathons + MLH HackHolyoke: More Diverse Hackathons Wrap Up Activity Diversity + Inclusion Strategies »
  5. 5. hack·er noun A hacker is someone who solves problems in a clever way, typically with technology.
  6. 6. hack·a·thon noun A weekend-long invention marathon where programmers, designers, and makers collaborate to build technology prototypes.
  7. 7. Our Mission is to Empower Hackers
  8. 8. 65,000 Hackers
  9. 9. 250 Hackathons
  10. 10. US CS Enrollment1 MLH2 Female 18% 25% Male 82% 73% 1Taulbee Survey 22017 MLH Hacker Survey Gender Demographics
  11. 11. US CS Enrollment1 MLH2 White 47% 47% Asian or Pacific Islander 24% 35% Hispanic 9% 7.1% African American or Black 4.75% 2.8% Multi Racial / Other 15.25% 8% 1Taulbee Survey 22017 MLH Hacker Survey Ethnicity Demographics
  12. 12. Total US CS Enrollment1 CS Majors Participating in MLH Events2 Percentage MLH/CS Enrollment Female 17,700 7,150 40% Male 78,800 21,630 28% Total 96,500 28,780 30% 1Taulbee Survey 22017 MLH Hacker Survey MLH’S Reach
  13. 13. 1 2 3 4 5 Table of Contents Introduction to Hackathons + MLH HackHolyoke: More Diverse Hackathons Wrap Up Activity Diversity + Inclusion Strategies »
  14. 14. Something Had to Change
  15. 15. MakerJam Feb. 14th, 2014
  16. 16. 1:1 Gender Ratio
  17. 17. 200 Hackers
  18. 18. Diversity is Belonging 55% of Women Spring 2016 MLH Hacker Survey Strongly Agree or Agree 39% of Men “A hackathon must have a diverse group of attendees for me to participate.”
  19. 19. 1 2 3 4 5 Table of Contents Introduction to Hackathons + MLH HackHolyoke: More Diverse Hackathons Wrap Up Activity Diversity + Inclusion Strategies »
  20. 20. ● Why are diversity + inclusion important to you? ● How do you define them in the context of your classroom? Partner Activity
  21. 21. 1 2 3 4 5 Table of Contents Introduction to Hackathons + MLH HackHolyoke: More Diverse Hackathons Wrap Up Activity Diversity + Inclusion Strategies»
  22. 22. Professional Mentors 1/4
  23. 23. Professional Mentors 32% of Women Spring 2016 MLH Hacker Survey Strongly Agree 20% of Men “A hackathon must have helpful mentors for me to participate.”
  24. 24. Professional Mentors 40% African American/Black Spring 2016 MLH Hacker Survey Strongly Agree 15% White “A hackathon must have helpful mentors for me to participate.”
  25. 25. Professional Mentors ● Engineers @ sponsor companies ● Graduate students ● Easy to access (centrally located, slack etc.) ● Scheduled shifts throughout the event At hackathons...
  26. 26. Professional Mentors ● Alumni ● Employers ● Research partners ● Local companies ● Office hours ● Digital contact (email, forums, etc.) In the classroom...
  27. 27. Technical Workshops 2/4
  28. 28. Technical Workshops 22% of Women Spring 2016 MLH Hacker Survey Strongly Agree 14% of Men “A hackathon must have informative workshops for me to participate.”
  29. 29. Technical Workshops 35% of Women Spring 2016 MLH Hacker Survey 21% of Men “I didn’t participate because I didn’t feel prepared, skills-wise.”
  30. 30. Technical Workshops 22% of Women Spring 2016 MLH Hacker Survey 13% of Men “I am not studying CS or Engineering.”
  31. 31. Technical Workshops ● Beginner workshops at kick-off ● Brain-storming/team-building sessions ● Advanced workshops spaced out ● Led by Mentors/Students/Professors At hackathons...
  32. 32. Technical Workshops ● Maker spaces (if available) ● Creative/Design workshops ● Hacker club nights ● Beginner programming opportunities In the classroom...
  33. 33. Code of Conduct 3/4
  34. 34. Code of Conduct 24% of Women Spring 2016 MLH Hacker Survey Strongly Agree 18% of Men “A hackathon must have a code of conduct for me to participate.”
  35. 35. Code of Conduct ● Have to sign to participate ● Encourages a welcoming, inclusive environment ● Clear reporting structure for incidents ● Well-understood responses to incidents At hackathons...
  36. 36. Code of Conduct In the classroom... ● Public commitment to diversity and inclusion ● Set clear behavioral expectations focused on supporting under- represented groups ● Have clear incident procedures
  37. 37. Activities 4/4
  38. 38. Activities ● Break down competitive nature ● Foster community/friendships ● Cup stacking ● Baby animals ● Mini-games throughout the night At hackathons...
  39. 39. Activities In the classroom... ● Involve multiple disciplines ● Find creative ways to solve CS problems (puzzles, games, etc.) ● Encourage creative approaches ● Support extracurricular student groups
  40. 40. 1 2 3 4 5 Table of Contents Introduction to Hackathons + MLH HackHolyoke: More Diverse Hackathons Wrap Up Activity Diversity + Inclusion Strategies »
  41. 41. Engage Diverse Mentors
  42. 42. Reach Non-CS Students
  43. 43. Affirm Your Commitment
  44. 44. Support Student Groups
  45. 45. Additional Resources ● Ada Initiative ● Grace Hopper ● Geek Feminism ● mlh.io ● Ladies Storm Hackathons ● Project Include ● http://breakingthemold.openmic.org/
  46. 46. Thanks!

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