Women in Tech

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The Brigham hosts a mental health hackathon for women this weekend
The Code for Health hackathon in New York City in August invited women engineers to build apps  around nutrition. (Photo: Self Magazine)
A hackathon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital this weekend is unlike a hackathon in all kinds of wonderful ways. It's a code session for women, by women, and the focus will be mental health issues like anxiety, depression and anorexia that women are more susceptible to.  Together, they encompass a fantastic intersection of the Venn diagram in the hacking space that almost no one has yet to touch. Read More
More proper channels
Fighting back: Women now have a tool to report their abusers on Twitter
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Women, famously, are not welcome on the Internet, and it is on public forums like Twitter where they typically face the shrillest abuse. Now, women have a place to report their harassers thanks to a new tool built by Women, Action & the Media, a Cambridge group that is collaborating with Twitter.  Read More
How to succeed as a woman entrepreneur: Advice from Boston's women leaders
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There’s no doubt about it: The tech startup community can be hostile to women. In next week's Women & Power issue of The Boston Globe Magazine, women leaders explain that Boston's tech community has the chance to create a more hospitable culture than Silicon Valley, one that is supportive of women, diversity, and work-life balance. We asked women and leaders in the Boston tech community one question: What would you say to a young female entrepreneur looking to succeed in Boston? Here's the advice they shared.  Read More
The New Normal?
Threatened by GamerGate, Brianna Wu says she fears for her life but won't back down
Brianna Wu is a developer at Giant Spacekat. (Image via Giant Spacekat)
Brianna Wu, head of development at gaming company Giant Spacekat, became ensnared in the evolving drama that is GamerGate. This month, Wu and her family received death threats on Twitter and were forced to flee her house in Arlington. Wu spoke with BetaBoston about the issue, and said she still fears for her life, but she refuses to back down. Read More
Strong STEM Roots
STEM Slam to motivate next generation of female developers/engineers
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On October 27, a stellar ensemble of local STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math) stars will take the stage at Microsoft NERD to tell stories about their journey from girl geek to successful members of Boston's tech and innovation ecosystem. Basically, getting the word out about how women in tech rock this town. Read More
tech today
Three tech things: Egg-freezing at Apple and Facebook, password-killing wristbands, the smart lock that's disrupting keys
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Everyone is talking about August's new "Smart Lock" device that lets you enter your house with your smartphone, and the reception is mixed. The good: It’s simple to install, you get notifications about who goes in and out. A bonus: The Smart Lock knows when you are close—geofencing!—and unlocks when you walk up to it. The bad: It doesn't always work. Read More
'The tide has turned'
Vivek Wadhwa still fearless on the issue of women in tech
Vivek Wadhwa (photo by Halley Suitt Tucker)
Something very big is happening in tech on Sept. 9, and I’m not talking about the Apple announcement. On Tuesday, a new book from Vivek Wadhwa and Farai Chideya, Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology, is coming out. I caught up with him in Silicon Valley this week to talk about diversity in technology and hear more about the book. Read More