Girl Coder, 17, Rules All-Guy Field at Hackathon

Jennie Lamere's Twivo blocks TV show spoilers from your Twitter feed

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted May 12, 2013 2:32 PM CDT

(Newser) – Jennie Lamere was the only girl competing at a Boston hackathon last month, and the only of 80 coders who competed solo. So when the 17-year-old New Hampshire native took 10 hours and 150 lines of code to come up with a gizmo that lets you block Twitter spoilers for your favorite shows, she captured best in show—and some serious notice in the male-dominated tech world, reports Mother Jones. "We're always interested in the convergence between TV and social media, and Jen's hack was awesome, not to mention she did the entire thing herself," says Ashley Swartz, CEO of Furious Minds, which is looking to help Jennie take Twivo to market. "Jen is going to be the only chick in the room for a very long time, and my responsibility is to give her opportunities that I didn't have."

Women make up a meager 12% of all computer science grads, notes Mother Jones—and that's a precipitous drop from 37% in 1984. The female to male ratio was "a bit weird," Jennie says, "but it's something that I'm used to at these things." She has since taken Twivo to her computer science class to walk her friends through it. "Hopefully the other girls will come to the next hackathon!" she says.

17-year-old Jennie Lamere was the only female to complete a project at TVnext Hack 2013, which she won.
17-year-old Jennie Lamere was the only female to complete a project at TVnext Hack 2013, which she won.   (Twitter)
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