Spoiler Alert! 17 Year Old Jennie Lemere Wins Hackathon

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Jennie Lemere had an idea about how to avoid spoilers for her favorite shows. She took it to a TVnext Hack event in Boston and won with it. Gina Vaynshteyn tells the story in 17 Year Old Girl Wins a Hackathon and also the Internet and Battle of the Sexes Too at Hello Giggles. Jennie's prize winnings are going into a college fund.

jennie and friend at the Hackathon
Jennie Lemere (right) from @jenniee_l via Twitpic. Her friend is unidentified.

Hello Giggles makes a point about hackers:

A hacker shouldn’t be identified as some young genius male plotting a way to overthrow Facebook in his dorm room. We need to re-identify and deconstruct this stereotype, and not just in the hacker world, but in every “nerdy,” tech, science and math field that women supposedly just aren’t “naturals” in. Because we are. It’s a fact, duh.

What was Jennie's prize winning idea? It's a new Chrome extension that will block spoilers before they hit Twitter. The extension removes unwanted TV news from Twitter until you've finished watching a show. If you want, you can play back all the blocked tweets after you've enjoyed the show.

Jennie Lemere was 17 at the time of the Hackathon, but recently turned 18. She mentioned it on Twitter this way:

Happy birthday to Jennie, and good luck with the college fund.

Virginia DeBolt, BlogHer Section Editor for Tech
virginia.debolt@blogher.com
Virginia blogs at Web Teacher and First 50 Words.

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