The Digital Moving Image Salon, in partnership with Women Interactive, Women Who Code, and Femfessionals Atlanta, will co-host its first all-female hackathon event on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 9 a.m.
The event, themed “Hack. Solve. Create.,” is designed to serve women tech developers, content producers, business professionals and others.
Professor and DMIS founding director Ayoka Chenzira, Ph.D., said that she is proud to once again co-sponsor a Women Interactive event.
“Our sense is that people think that the world of technology is magical and takes care of itself,” said Dr. Chenzira, who also serves as division chair for the Arts and chair of the President’s Arts@Spelman steering committee. “We want women in particular to understand that they can have control over technology and be more than consumers. They can design, create, and have impact. The hackathon is our way of showing how this is possible.”
According to Ashia Sims, co-founder of Women Interactive, the event is a departure from Women Interactive’s standard workshops and keynote speakers. Instead, this year’s event will bring together hackathon veterans and newcomers to solve a community issue with technology.
“In keeping with the changing pace of the digital world, we wanted to re-format Women Interactive and provide another avenue where our attendees can come together,” Sims said. “We’ve always hoped that the creative energy of the festival would inspire previous attendees to create something to contribute to the tech space. Hack events are very popular as working networking events, but they tend to be very male-dominated. By making ours an all-woman hack event, we are creating a safe space for women creatives to come together in the spirit of creative utility.”
A program of the Women’s Research and Resource Center, DMIS launched in 2004. It serves as a learning space, training ground, and production studio for students interested in documentary film making and digital media productions. Women Interactive encourages and empowers women and women of color to actively participate in the technology and start-up spaces.
Free and open to the public, the hackathon will be held in the Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center. For more information, or to register, visit: www.womeninteractive.net.