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Welcome to Innovation

Welcome to Innovation

Beth Beck knows how to take the "scary" out of a hackathon.   Especially if you've never participated in one before.
Beth is the Open Innovation Program Manager, in the Office of the Chief Information Officer at NASA.  In 2015, she started researching a problem with NASA's International Space Apps Challenge.   The issue: very few women were participating in this weekend-long free event, aimed at solving the world's problems through data and collaboration.
The reasons behind the shortage of female participants led Beth to create a novel solution.
"NASA Data Bootcamp" is an introductory all-day event, introducing hackathon newcomers an introduction to coding, problem-solving and making.  Attendees can ask any questions they have, and get comfortable with the concepts.  And while a number of the 2016 NASA Data Bootcamp participants were women, there were quite a few interested men in attendance, as well.
During the 2016 Women's Data Bootcamp at Pasadena's Cross Campus facility in April, B