BUFFALO, N.Y. --About 75 women filled the Buffalo DIG Innovation Center with the sound of tapping keyboards and brainstorming Saturday.
These women gathered to test their website developing skills at the Buffalo Chapter of Girls Develop It Hackathon -- Buffalo's only all-women Hackathon, organizers say.
While a "Hackathon" may sound like something illegal, Lena Levine, the founder of the Buffalo Chapter of Girls Develop It, says Hackathons are meant to be constructive events that bring people and ideas together.
Specifically, they are events that last 12-24 hours where people come together and form teams to develop websites or digital applications, she explained.
Participants Saturday worked to create or update websites for several area non-profit, women and minority-owned businesses that could otherwise not afford to have websites created or improved.
Each website was entered into the event's competition. Prizes were given to the most innovative and useful websites.
Levine said this is the second year they have held the all-women Hackathon in Buffalo.
She said the Hackathon is not only about helping out local businesses and organizations -- it also gives women the valuable opportunity of connecting with these businesses and applying skills.
"It's a great chance for women here to connect with local tech companies, explore local job opportunities, get to network, talk to mentors... and it's a great time to ask questions, " Levine said. "Even just to explore the career path that's in front of them."
She also said she ultimately hopes events such as the Hackathon can help with Girl Develop It's mission to bridge the tech field's gender gap.
"The role of the Hackathon is to attract more women, bring more women together and help them to create something cool," she said.
For more information about Girl Develop It, visit: https://www.girldevelopit.com/