Hackathon 2019

Students spent the weekend of April 5th to 7th working on projects that brought Diversity and Inclusion to the forefront. Implementing what they have learned in the classroom to take on real-world problems and present their working solutions to a panel of judges for prizes.


The hackathon included workshops and panels to help students refine their ideas while growing as programmers and team members.

We had an amazing turnout of 49 attendees with 35% of participants identifying as female.

Categories in which students were competing in were beginner best website, beginner best app, advanced best website, advanced best app, top algorithm.

This year’s winners were:

Beginner App:

Zachary Dougherty, Colette Conway, Mark Chandler, Kassy Pak

Beginner Website:

Isha Singh, My Nguyen, Tawny Andrews, Rhea Arora

Advanced App:

Andrew Egly, Olivia Kumar, Faaz Arshad, Alex Wang

Advanced Website:

Razan Said, Peter Chuong, Tuo Sun, Andrew Nguyen

Top Algorithm:

Ziling Wang, Xuanwei Wang, Hao Shen, Edmund Wong, Simon (Mingxin) Lu

 

Huge thanks to our student organizations that made the Hackathon possible

Thank you all for your amazing support in sending students. Special shout out to Dave Wolber, Matthew Malensek, and Alark Joshi for their support! E-boards of WiT, Diversineers, ACM student chapter and DSA who all made this happen!

 

 

Craig Newmark Gives $230,000 to Support USF Women in Tech Initiative

The University of San Francisco’s (USF) Department of Computer Science is thrilled to announce a $230,000 gift from Craig Newmark, the founder of craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies, to help fuel the department’s Women in Tech initiative. This extraordinary gift is a continuation of Newmark’s longstanding commitment to supporting gender equality in technology. His goal is to help more women become interested in coding early on in their educational careers and to aid in the fostering of an inclusive environment for all women in tech.

Newmark’s donation will directly impact five areas in Computer Science at USF: the Women in Tech Student Club, a summer girls coding workshop (Girl Tech Power), research opportunities for women in technical disciplines, the sending of students to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Tech and the Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Tech, as well as two new scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate women. The primary goal of this initiative is to increase the number of women in the Computer Science and Data Science majors and minors, thereby helping to provide more women with opportunities to thrive in the tech sector. Nationally, about 16 percent of computer science undergraduates are women, while at USF women represent more than 30 percent of Computer and Data Science students. The department has the long-term mission of helping to achieve gender parity in tech.

Craig Newmark Thank You Celebration

During the holidays, it is important to give thanks to those that help make USF Computer Science the wonderful place that it is. This year, we were able to send over 30 students to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, engage in a wide-range of research projects, and provide mentorship for many students thanks to the generosity of Craig Newmark. Continue reading “Craig Newmark Thank You Celebration”