VictorOps adds mentorship to women’s 24-hour hackathon at CU

BOULDER — A Boulder-based company will kick off a mentorship program Saturday to support a 24-hour women’s hackathon at the University of Colorado Boulder’s ATLAS Institute. Because of what they called overwhelming response, the event’s sponsors closed registration for the free event early.

VictorOps, which provides information-technology incident management for development and operations teams, is conducting the program to help increase female participation in hackathons and create an opportunity for students to explore new technologies, solve problems and build a project as a team.

“Diversifying the software industry is important because it opens the software community to unexplored perspectives and ideas,” said Tracee Pettigrew, an iOS engineer at VictorOps, in a company media release. “It’s very rewarding to know that lending my help will bring some of these ideas to life during the course of the hackathon.”

VictorOps joins Twitter, ThinkTopic, Workday and other technology companies that are participating in the hackathon.

Sixty-five percent of ATLAS Institute students are women. The institute is focused on research and teaching in creative technologies and design, with programs that include wearable tech, animation and web/mobile design. T9Hacks is designed to include projects with tangible, artistic, multimedia and electronic components.

T9Hacks will be held from 4 p.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Sunday. Its organizers stressed that participants did not have to be programmers — but they were encouraged to stay for the entire 24 hours. According to the institute’s website, “We know, that sounds like a long time! But it goes quickly when you are collaborating, planning and creating projects. We wanted to see that kinds of projects students would come up with if they were given a full 24 hours to devote themselves to their work.”

More information is online at t9hacks.org.

BOULDER — A Boulder-based company will kick off a mentorship program Saturday to support a 24-hour women’s hackathon at the University of Colorado Boulder’s ATLAS Institute. Because of what they called overwhelming response, the event’s sponsors closed registration for the free event early.

VictorOps, which provides information-technology incident management for development and operations teams, is conducting the program to help increase female participation in hackathons and create an opportunity for students to explore new technologies, solve problems and build a project as a team.

“Diversifying the software industry is important because it opens the software community to unexplored perspectives and ideas,” said Tracee Pettigrew, an iOS engineer at VictorOps, in a company media release. “It’s very rewarding to know that lending my help will bring some of these ideas to life during the course of the hackathon.”

VictorOps joins Twitter, ThinkTopic, Workday and other technology companies that are participating in the hackathon.

Sixty-five percent of ATLAS Institute students are women. The institute is focused on research and teaching in creative technologies and design, with programs that include wearable tech, animation and web/mobile design. T9Hacks is designed to include projects with tangible, artistic, multimedia and electronic components.

T9Hacks will be held from 4 p.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Sunday. Its organizers stressed that participants did not have to be programmers — but they were encouraged to stay for the entire 24 hours. According to the institute’s website, “We know, that sounds like a long time! But it goes quickly when you are collaborating, planning and creating…