Wannabe - Gender Equality Hack!
As Latinas, we haven't seen many people like us, in tech. Women, especially women of color face many barriers going into tech, so we wanted to change that. Currently Black, Latinx, and Indigenous women only make up about 4% of technical roles, and we wanted our app to encourage women to go into tech. We named our app Wannabe because both of us has been called Wannabes for trying to break into the tech field as women of color; so we want to reclaim the term.
What it does
Our app is an educational app built for women by women. It's a duolingo style app that teaches women anything they need to know to break into the tech field. There are lessons based on different things women should know like technical lessons or how to hack a hackathon. Additionally, women can connect with mentors and chat with them to find other strong women in tech to support them.
How we built it
We built the app using Figma! We plan on using the code from Figma to export it into an iOS app but we spent the majority of the time "hacking" the Gender equality problem; with not enough women in tech.
Challenges we ran into
As we're both really new to tech, we struggled making all of the connections between the frames to work. But, we didn't give up and were able to figure it out!
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We're reach proud of how the UI on our app turned out. We really wanted to make something that was very girly and catered to women, especially those who have felt outcasted for their love of pink. We really wanted to reclaim the message that women aren't meant for the field and change that. Our view is that coding has NO gender; and a girl who can code can still be feminine.
What we learned
We learned that we are capable of building an app! We are so proud of ourselves for the work we did.
What's next for Wannabe
The next step for us is to implement Wannabe into an iOS app and release it so anyone can use it! We truly want to help reduce the gender inequalities that exist in tech, especially as it pertains to women of color, so we want women to be able to learn more while connecting with mentors to support them :)