NEWS
Tags: 

Pearl hacks promotes women programmers

Following hard on the heels of the announcement of initiatives in Europe to encourage women to take a more active and more visible role in scientific computing, RENCI the Renaissance Computing Institute at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, USA, is sponsoring this year's Pearl Hacks, a two-day event conducted by UNC students to encourage college and high-school age women to develop their interest in technology, by participating in a weekend software engineering hackathon.

Pearl Hacks is open to young women from across the US and includes a keynote speaker, technical workshops, and a hands-on hackathon, during which participants divide into teams and apply what they've learned to develop a software product. They will work on these projects with mentors from software engineering companies.

In the context, the organisers are keen to stress, ‘hacking’ does not mean breaking into anything. Rather, the idea is to encourage the participants to break their ideas out of pre-conceived boundaries and learn how to make them a reality. The event takes place in what is the bicentenary of the birth of Ada Lovelace, widely regarded as having devised the first computable algorithm and thus as the world’s first computer programmer.

Pearl Hacks will start out with a variety of technical workshops suited for all skill levels and then encourage individuals to work with other participants to build something using what they learn.

RENCI was launched in 2004 as a collaborative effort of UNC, Duke University, and North Carolina State University.

Twitter icon
Google icon
Del.icio.us icon
Digg icon
LinkedIn icon
Reddit icon
e-mail icon
Feature

Robert Roe reports on developments in AI that are helping to shape the future of high performance computing technology at the International Supercomputing Conference

Feature

James Reinders is a parallel programming and HPC expert with more than 27 years’ experience working for Intel until his retirement in 2017. In this article Reinders gives his take on the use of roofline estimation as a tool for code optimisation in HPC

Feature

Sophia Ktori concludes her two-part series exploring the use of laboratory informatics software in regulated industries.

Feature

As storage technology adapts to changing HPC workloads, Robert Roe looks at the technologies that could help to enhance performance and accessibility of
storage in HPC

Feature

By using simulation software, road bike manufacturers can deliver higher performance products in less time and at a lower cost than previously achievable, as Keely Portway discovers