International organization empowering women to code

Jun 18, 2013
Ashley Hassett / WBFO

An international non-profit organization Girl Develop It or GDI works to help empower women through technology particularly by training them to write their own software.

Chapter Leader of Girl Develop It in Buffalo Elena Moiseeva came to the U.S. from Russia with her computer science degree.

Kate O'Connell / WXXI

Citizens around the US joined together with government agencies over the weekend to celebrate the first national hacker's day. Upstate programmers congregated in Rochester to put their skills to use in a 24-hour hackathon aimed at solving real-world problems.

A range of projects were worked on by hackers at the Rochester event. Some people aimed their code-writing at local issues while others collaborated with participants across the nation to solve challenges.