March is Women’s History Month, but Code the Dream is celebrating an awesome team of present-day, all-women developers.
CTD developers Andrea Hernandez-Guzman, Mariandrea Maldonado, and Rachel Frenkel, along with Katie Brey of the Hill Learning Center, have been hard at work bringing the interactive HillRAP to a growing group of students.
HillRAP, currently used in 15 states and five countries, is a reading instruction application for children with learning challenges and their teachers. Watch Mariandrea discuss HillRAP here during last year’s Demo Day.
Recently, three of the four developers (Andrea, Mariandrea, Katie) got together for some off-duty fun at a local snow resort! We are thrilled to see our team building community during work and away from the desk.
Women’s History Month is a good time to reflect on the role women have always played in innovation — even when seemingly insurmountable barriers were put in their way. On November 25, 1715, Sybilla Masters received a patent for her corn mill design. Masters was the first American-born person to receive a patent, but under British law it had to be issued to her husband, with a note that the invention “was found out by Sybilla, his wife.” Charlotte Smith, a fierce advocate for women’s economic rights and the celebration of women inventors, convinced the US Patent Office to publish a list of women patent holders in 1888, among many other achievements.
Code the Dream recommends learning more about women and innovation through this insightful presentation from the National Women’s History museum.