Computing Success

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) recently hosted the International Women’s Hackathon, a computer programming competition aimed at encouraging young women from various backgrounds to pursue computer science careers. The competition brought together fifty-eight students from twenty high schools and colleges to work in teams, including ten CSUSM students. They were given eight hours to create a website, app, or video game providing solutions for climate change or disaster response. The winning team in the Climate Change Challenge was called the PC Gang, composed of Tala Ilaian, Zena Nuhaily, and Raffdazzel John. Of them, Zena is studying computer science and the other two are art majors at CSUSM. They now have two months to refine their project, an educational video game called Ice Hoppers, before submitting it to Microsoft Research for showcase alongside winners from other Hackathon events.