Spoiler alert! The creator of your next favorite app is a 17-year-old girl from New Hampshire. High school senior...
By submitting your email address, you agree to receive emails regarding relevant topic offers from TechTarget and its partners. You can withdraw your consent at any time. Contact TechTarget at 275 Grove Street, Newton, MA.
Jennie Lamere was the sole female competitor and winner of a recent national hackathon in Boston, where in a mere 10 hours she created a program to block TV spoilers from Twitter feeds.
As reporter Dana Liebelson put it in this week's lead Searchlight item: Internet, meet the reason we need more women in technology. Hey, if Lamere's Twivo app can keep me from finding out what's happening on Mad Men while I catch up with the DVR, she's doing a service to humankind. (Or at least the humankind in the immediate vicinity of me and my Twitter feed.)
In all seriousness, I'm glad to have found this story splashed around the Web and I'm glad to be re-sharing, because it's cool and it's feel-good. Yet, it's also a little depressing. The leading element of each and every retelling of Lamere's victory is not on her young age or the fact that she was the only person in the competition flying solo and not part of a team. It was, first and foremost, that she is a girl. There's nothing wrong with that editorial choice; it's just disappointing that the lead element is still apt. How is it that women in technology stories are on par with man bites dog tales?
Check out SearchCIO's own coverage of these topics
Women CIOs and the art of negotiation
Infonomics: Putting a price on information
Does quality trump speed to market in mobile app dev?
For Lamere's sake, and the sake of other young women, I hope we can stop talking about this soon. Perhaps when Lamere graduates from Rochester Institute of Technology where she's headed in the fall to study software engineering, things will be a little different. If not, she'll be well-positioned to help change them.
- Meet the creator of your new favorite killer app; she'll be graduating from high school in June.
- Of all the big questions posed about big data, this one just might be the most important to ponder: Is the data being collected helpful or creepy? Here are three criteria to help figure out where your company stands.
- If you're being pressed to show ROI for big data and analytics, the best place to start may be at the end.
- For those who thought texting and chatting were taking over the way we communicate, U R so wrong. Behold, the resilience of email.
- Already suffering from Google Glass hype fatigue? Take heart; there's only a 37% chance they'll still exist in five years.
- If one thing is certain about the so-called Internet of Things, it's that it's changing everything for everyone. Expert on the topic, Stefan Ferber, explains the "whys" and "hows."
Let us know what you think about the story; email Karen Goulart, features writer.
Karen Goulart asks:
Why are women in technology such a rarity?
3 ResponsesJoin the Discussion