Noah J Nelson on Wednesday, May. 8th
Mother Jones has this awesome story about a young coder who created a solution to one of social media's most persistent annoyances:
Imagine you forget to watch a new episode of Game of Thrones the night it airs. Even if coworkers stay mum about important plot points, Twitter is abuzz with spoilers. Fortunately, there's Twivo, a new program that allows Twitter users to censor their feeds from mentioning a certain TV show (and its characters) for a set time period. Jennie Lamere, a 17-year-old girl, invented the software last month—and won the grand prize at a national coding competition where Lamere was the only female who presented a project, and the only developer to work alone. Internet: Meet the reason we need more women in tech.
There are two big elements to this story, and the bigger one isn't even about the product. It's that fact that Lemere was the only woman who managed to finish a product at the hack.
As for Twivo, it's a Google Chrome browser extension that's not quite ready for primetime… but only by a few weeks. This was a hackathon, after all, where the standards for "best in show" are a minimal viable product. That Lemere has attracted a potential distributor and could have her product out in a matter of weeks makes this more than a victory, it's a triumph.
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