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ADP Empowers Future Women in Tech at the 2024 HackHERS

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ADP participates in and sponsors many events around the globe to support future women in STEM, and the 2024 HackHERS is one of them.

HackHERS, an annual women-centric and beginner-oriented hackathon, takes place at Rutgers University in New Jersey every spring. The hackathon aims to create a space for women to explore tech and coding. This year, there were over 200 women and non-binary college students who attended the 24-hour hackathon. The students were challenged to use Generative AI to improve the world of work.  

The 2024 HackHERS featured keynote speakers from Maria Black, President and CEO of ADP, and Isabel Espina, Vice President of Product Development. As a proud sponsor, ADP also had 20 associates who volunteered to engage with students in the program. The students from various universities learned programming together while combining creative and technical elements in their applications.  

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Since it was a beginner-oriented hackathon, HackHERS offered workshops such as HTML/CSS, javascript, git, intro to APIs, and many more to support those who had just started their journey in coding. The participants received professional feedback from ADP associates throughout the event and networking opportunities while learning about the tech world.  

The associates who represented ADP were a part of Inspire and International Women's Inclusion Network (iWIN) Business Resource Groups (BRGs). They offered insight and guidance to the students, sharing what a tech career journey could look like. The emphasis was on personal and professional growth, encouraging students to develop their interests in the field.  

"The hackathon challenged participants to not only think beyond traditional boundaries but also align with ADP's focus on leveraging GenAI to enhance human capital management solutions," Avni S., Director of Database Admin, said. "In just 24 hours, the winning team created an idea for a work wellness app that allows users to rate their day. From celebrating success to practicing self-care, the team used GenAI in the app for personalized recommendations."

The impact of women-centric hackathons resonates far beyond Rutgers and the HackHERS, proving that innovation knows no bounds when powered by diverse minds. Over the past four years, ADP has regularly partnered with Junior Achievement, Girls Who Code, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology GirlHacks Hackathon.  

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ADP will continue creating career-building opportunities and mentoring programs as we provide tools and resources for women to explore their careers in STEM. 

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Thank you to all our associate volunteers who participated in the Rutgers HackHers event and those who contributed to growing tech talent worldwide.  

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