In 2012, I did this program called Girls Who Code. In those 8 weeks I learned the most important things I’ve ever learned.

To celebrate the countdown to HackHERS 2017, we are proud to present HackHERstory, a four-part Medium series written by Rutgers computer science student and HackHERS organizer Diana Navarro, that explores her journey into tech and the lessons she has learned through her experiences. In this final installment on the eve of HackHERS, Diana talks about how Girls Who Code changed her life.

The first group of girls to be a part of Girls Who Code.

In the summer of 2012, I did this program called Girls Who Code with 19…


You belong here and you can contribute great things, always remember that.

To celebrate the countdown to HackHERS 2017, we are proud to present HackHERstory, a four-part Medium series written by Rutgers computer science student and HackHERS organizer Diana Navarro, that explores her journey into tech and the lessons she has learned through her experiences. In this article, Diana talks about imposter syndrome — what it is, and how it affects the number of women that go into tech.

“I am constantly not good enough.” Those words linger in my subconscious. I get scared when I have to show what…


To celebrate the countdown to HackHERS 2017, we are proud to present HackHERstory, a four-part Medium series written by Rutgers computer science student and HackHERS organizer Diana Navarro, that explores her journey into tech and the lessons she has learned through her experiences. In this article, Diana talks about the importance of events like HackHERS that encourage underrepresented groups to pursue tech.

Silicon Valley, California’s tech hub, has been long criticized for it’s lack of diversity in both race and gender. Now in 2017, many companies (including Google, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft) have pledged to reveal their diversity statistics. …


A formerly overstressed, overachieving, perfectionist college student learns to chill, and advises you to do the same.

We have asked HackHERS alumni to reflect on their experiences as college students, community leaders, hackathon organizers, and college graduates, and share what they have learned. Former Rutgers Women in Computer Science president and HackHERS founding member Jasmine Feng shows that it’s okay to be in tech and to have other interests, while also encouraging students to enjoy life beyond studies.

Jasmine Feng (left) and Nike (right)

It is troubling that it has become a badge of honor for students to be stressed. There’s bragging to be done about…


To celebrate the countdown to HackHERS 2017, we are proud to present HackHERstory, a four-part Medium series written by Rutgers computer science student and HackHERS organizer Diana Navarro, that explores her journey into tech and the lessons she has learned through her experiences.

That’s me, second from the left, on the Girls Who Code website!

Hi, I’m Diana Kris Navarro. I’m not a writer. I’ve taken two writing classes in my college career and have struggled in both. What I am though is a junior studying computer science at Rutgers. This past summer, I was a software developer intern at Adobe working on Photoshop/Lightroom technology. Before that, I worked at Qualcomm as…


Contrary to popular belief — you should try and get some sleep.

We hope you’re excited for HackHERS 2017 because we’re only ONE WEEK AWAY!

The hype is real.

Since HackHERS is oriented towards beginners and those new to coding, we decided to ask some of our HackHERS leads about the one piece of advice they would give to first-time hackathon attendees attending HackHERS. Here is what they said —

1. First, feel proud, you took your first step towards your interest in technology.

HackHERS is a doorway for beginners and those in underrepresented groups in STEM to experience outside class coding environment, to meet new people, find a little more about your own interests, network with companies, and you should feel proud about yourself, you took the first step to come here and participate!

-Chinmoyi, HackHERS Lead

2. Work with people you don’t know. Throw yourself into the team building activity and meet new people instead of working with just friends.

Thats really what hackathons are about — meeting new people and sharing cool ideas and building awesome projects. I went to a hackathon on a whim once and and…


Today is the first day of February, the shortest month of the year…

…and also the same month as HackHERS!

17 MORE DAYS LEFT WOOOOOT!!

Diano, our lovely dinosaur, has been preparing all year. She has traded in her awesome jet pack, and has hacked her own scuba gear to take you on an underwater adventure.

And she is ready to take you on an adventure to explore the depths of technology and tech culture.

(we promise there will be no sharks)

For some of you, this may be your first hackathon ever, and you may not know what you are getting yourself into AND THAT’S TOTALLY OKAY!

First off, HIGH FIVE! Hackathons are amazing events where you can meet other people, learn new things, and build awesome projects. No matter what your coding experience is, or what project you work on, there is always something to learn and get out of every hackathon.

So we prepared a list of reasons why you should be excited for HackHERS 2017 (and why you should sign up if you haven’t!)

1. HackHERS is a hackathon on a mission to close the gender gap in technology.

HackHERS is part of a growing movement of women-centric/all-women, student-run hackathons to encourage more women to pursue tech (we use the term “women” and “female” inclusively and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people). …


HackHERS is now on Medium! We will be publishing stories about women in tech and behind-the-scenes stuff as we prepare for HackHERS 2017.

Make sure to follow us to be up to date!

Rutgers HackHERS

the women-centric hackathon @ rutgers || feb 18–19, 2017 || http://hackhers.us

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