Etsy Offers $50k in Hacker School Grants for Women

Etsy's looking for a few great women developers! This summer's session of Hacker School - a "three-month, full-time school in New York for becoming a better programmer" - will be hosted in our backyard at the Etsy HQ. In conjunction with the school, Etsy has announced that they will be offering ten Etsy Hacker Grants of $5,000 each - a total of $50,000 - to women who want to join.

Hacker School is funded by startups who recruit its graduates; companies also provide the space for the class. This summer's batch will be stationed at Etsy from June 4th to August 25th. Past Hacker schools have been hosted at Spotify, NYU and the Huffington Post.

This summer's Hacker School class will admit 40 students and Marc Hedlund, Etsy's VP of engineering has a goal to make half of them women, "Our goal is to bring 20 women to New York to participate, and we hope this will be the first of many steps to encourage more women into engineering at Etsy and across the industry." Hedlund sees this as a big step in the right direction, "Twenty is a small number, but it would roughly match the total number of female engineers I’ve hired in the past 17 years. Even a small change can have a large impact, given the severity of the issue." Read more of Hedlund's thoughts on the push for more women in engineering and how to make that happen in his recent blog post here.

For information on how to apply for Hacker School, check out their application page. To learn more about the Hacker Grants, check out Etsy's cool hacker grant questionnaire.

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