Etsy, the world’s handmade marketplace is hosting the 2012 session of Hacker School and also offering scholarship grants of US $ 5,000 each to 10 women who want to apply but need financial support to do so. According to Marc Hedlund, the VP of Engineering at Etsy, “Our goal is to bring 20 women to New York to participate, and we hope this will be the first of many steps that encourage more women to join Engineering at Etsy and across the industry.”
Hackerschool – a three-month, immersive school for becoming better programmers, is run every four months in New York and meet Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 7pm. Unlike most schools, there are no grades, teachers, or formal curricula. Instead, Hacker School is entirely project-based.
Marc Hedlund, the VP of Engineering at Etsy who announced the program himself admits to just having “three out of 96 employees in Engineering and Operations at Etsy were women, and none of them were managers. Six months down the line, the numbers have risen to 11, which is a significant start.”
The application deadline is May 7 for the announced Summer Session at Hackerschool, and the program commences from June 4 and run till the 25th. According to Marc, “The summer batch of Hacker School will be 40 students, and our goal is to have them accept at least 20 women, with Hacker School retaining full control over the admissions process. In other words, 20 times the number of women in the current batch.”
So, if you know of a woman who could benefit from Hacker School, encourage her to apply here.