In the spirit of collaboration and inclusion, Wash Post Life and Washington Post Engineering hosted the fifth annual Tech Lady Hackathon on Saturday, October 21, 2017. The day long hackathon brought together several hundred women from around the DC area for a day of training, discussions, and of course, a civic hackathon.

(Standing room only for the fifth annual Lady Tech Hackathon)

The event was for both newbies and seasoned tech veterans. Workshop topics ranged from how to build a website for newbies to how to have confidence in the workplace. A focus this year was supporting participants in their careers. A professional photographer was on site to take head shots and a career counselor offered coaching.

(Participants attended hands on workshops throughout the day)

(Members of WP Engineering represented at the Engineering booth)

The event was organized by Jessica Garson, Joy Whitt, Alexis Johnson-Gresham, and Kate Rabinowitz (three leaders in the DC tech community). Participants documented the day on social media using the hash tag #TechLady, which trended in Washington, DC the day of the event. Here are a few tweets: