My Experience at Harvard WECode and HackPrinceton!

As I sit down to reflect on the whirlwind of experiences from the past weeks, I am filled with gratitude and inspiration. These moments have not only enriched my knowledge but have also transformed my perspective on the possibilities within the tech industry.

Let me start with my journey at the Harvard WECode: Women Engineers Code Conference. From the moment I stepped foot into the venue, I knew I was in for something special. The air was charged with anticipation, and as the sessions unfolded, I found myself immersed in a world of wisdom, empowerment, and invaluable connections.

Dr. Beth Mynatt‘s reflections on her journey as a computer science researcher and advocate left an indelible mark on me. Her emphasis on aligning computer science with human and societal needs struck a chord deep within me. Moreover, sessions like the Resume Workshop by Xue Hua and the fireside chat with Telle Whitney provided practical insights and empowerment, fueling my aspirations further.

The discussions on “Generative AI” and the SWE panel featuring remarkable women like Jing Yu, Sydnee Sampson-Blackwell, and Kamala Majnu shed light on the diverse contributions of women in technology and the challenges they’ve surmounted. Yasi Milani‘s solo talk on transitioning from healthcare to FinTech was equally inspiring, showcasing the possibilities of interdisciplinary career paths.

I am immensely grateful for the scholarship that allowed me to attend this transformative event and for the mentorship of Ursula Spencer Spencer and Professor Ilknur Aydin, whose guidance has been invaluable.

Transitioning from the empowering atmosphere of Harvard WECode to the dynamic landscape of HackPrinceton was nothing short of exciting. Our project, Slo-Fashion, emerged as a testament to innovation and teamwork. Integrating Python/Flask, cryptocurrency, computer vision, MongoDB, Verbwire, and OpenAI, Slo-Fashion redefines sustainable fashion practices. Winning the “Most Innovative Use of Verbwire” award was a validation of our dedication to creating meaningful solutions.

Reflecting on these experiences, I am reminded of the profound impact of getting involved in conferences and hackathons. Beyond the knowledge gained and projects accomplished, these events serve as invaluable platforms for networking and personal growth. They provide opportunities to connect with industry experts, showcase your skills, and pave the way for potential employment opportunities.

As I leave these events behind, I carry with me a renewed sense of purpose and determination. Empowered by the insights gained and the connections forged, I am ready to embark on the next chapter of my journey in the tech industry.

By Simi Saha
Simi Saha