Taking the lead to promote women and girls in tech, Bellevue-based coworking space extraSlice earlier last month held a Women’s Startup Hackathon to showcase gender equality in the technology field. The three-day event, which took place July 21–23, encouraged women to get involved in tech, and to illustrate their abilities in a traditionally male-dominated field.

Meghana Subramanian, co-founder and co-CEO of extraSlice, said, “Although women are highly capable in tech and business fields, the ratio even in today’s workplace is not balanced, yet.”

Women's Startup Hackathon

Participants of the extraSlice Women’s Startup Hackathon. Photo courtesy extraSlice.

The hackathon, which was sponsored by Smartsheet, Bellevue College, Perkins Coie LLP, and TiE Seattle, began on Friday, July 21, with a welcome dinner alongside keynote speakers from Smartsheet, Expedia, and Outline Ventures. Participants then gave 60-second pitches on how technology can be the solution to everyday issues in any industry. The panel of judges picked the top four pitches and participants were split into four teams — with a women leader of each — to execute the ideas. The goal over the following two days was to create a solution for each problem.

The outcome of each group was creative and unique. During the process the teams were focused and professional. One standout, led by Minda Brusse, was Life Dash, a mobile solution for styling busy lives, which won the hackathon. The runner up was Rocket, which connected developers with nonprofits and was led by Carolyn Hung.

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