> She doesn't code or build things for fun
> She sees hackathons as a waste of time because she doesn't 'get anything' out of it
> They take too much time
> Sees it as a competitive environment and akin to hazing
I don't identify with much in the article. Personally, the joy of making something quickly is reward enough. Making something quickly with smart people who can immediately refine what you made and producing a more polished product is just an added benefit.
actually there is. Hackathons for computer geeks is like deer hunting for Pennsylvania gun-clingers ...
and half-the-normal-life-expectancy of direct observation.
The author left a follow-up comment:
my point isn't that that female coders aren't interested -- it's that I am not interested, and a lot of day-job-coders aren't interested
So regardless of your interpretation, she wasn't trying to speak for all women. Personally I think it's a stretch to draw that conclusion.
> I'm actually pretty flattered that you'd like me to come to these events. There's just little in it for me, while you guys get some good publicity with me and my fine lady coder friends in attendance while you take the obligatory geek girls are cute picture.
I can understand not wanting to feel like she's on display (since regardless of how true it is that she would be--which I personally don't doubt--it sounds like she would feel that way).
We shouldn't have to pretend that it's not weird for the one girl who shows up to what was an all-guys event. We should figure out how to get the gender ratio closer to even in the first place so that it's not a big deal when girls show up - no pretending necessary.
It's a good example of the fact that it's very hard for people from an underrepresented group to break into something that's traditionally not "their field". I feel a lot of respect for the ones who are brave enough to be among the first ones (and who aren't naturally the sort who enjoy the extra attention they get, be it positive or negative--which I'm going to guess from this post that the OP is not).
For some coding is a means to an enjoyable end. For others, the coding itself is enjoyable.