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Lady Problems Hackathon Series

This blog post was authored by Styliani Pantela.

Lisa and Stella at the Boston Hackathon 
 The Lady Problems Hackathon series aims to address problems preventing female entrepreneurship. It is proven that investing in women helps create a better world. Women represent half of the global population, and reinvest 90% of their income into their families and communities as opposed to 30-40 percent by men 1, but earn just 10% of the world’s income. Studies have shown that advancing women’’s equality can add between $12-28 trillion to the global economy 2.

The Lady Problems Hackathon series aims to make the world a better better place, and HPE was one of the global sponsors! Additionally, the Vertica DataGals group got to participate.

DataGals is the internal Vertica group for women in technology. Shilpa Lawande, the then-Vice President of the Big Data Platform, started DataGals back in 2013. She was inspired by Sheryl Sandberg’’s book, Lean In and the rising popularity of the lean in circles. The goal of the group was to provide an informal environment where women can get together, find a source of great mentorship, strong role models, and camaraderie. Over the past 3 years, we have grown a lot and have received a lot of internal support. Vertica is committed to women in tech in general. In fact, in 2015, it was name one of the top 100 best Working Mothers’ Companies (25th year on this list). That is why we were very excited to sponsor the hackathon series.

Lisa Donaghue and Stella Pantela, the Chair and Co-Chair of DataGals had the opportunity to give the keynote at the Lady Series Hackathons in Boston and San Francisco, respectively. They talked about DataGals and how to build data-rich applications. Lisa and Stella interacted with the participants and had a wonderful experience. Lisa commented on the hackathon, “Every woman who came to HPE’’s table and talked to us was friendly, curious, and a pleasure to talk with.”

Lisa giving the keynote at the Boston Hackathon
The projects of the hackathon were all really cool and exciting. At the San Francisco hackathon the winning team for the best use of the Haven OnDemand API was called Cleanify Bot. They created an email extension tool that would help flag offensive or aggressive language in emails. For the Boston Hackathon the winning team was myTMI. myTMI is a tool that will provide anonymous social comfort for women while tracking data points for their sexual health. It will use the analyzed data to allow women to address their changing physical and mental health and empower them to discuss these issues with medical professionals. Both teams will be featured on the HPE blog and LinkedIn group, with promotion via various HPE social media channels.

All teams are invited to apply to the HPE Haven Startup Accelerator to help accelerate Lady Problem solutions getting to market with fewer technology barriers. For more information about the accelerator take a look here:

Stella was one of the judges at an all female judging panel for the top prize of the San Francisco Hackathon
We had a blast attending the hackathons and talking to people interested in making things better for women entrepreneurs. We are looking forward to collaborating with Angelack and more organizations supporting women in technology in the future.