Etsy Hacker Grants to handcraft women technologists

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Online e-commerce kingpin Etsy.com has turned handcrafted goods into a $500 million marketplace. Now the site is turning its attention to discovering new talents: handcoding.

From the Etsy blog:

Today, in conjunction with Hacker School, Etsy is announcing a new scholarship and sponsorship program for women in technology: we’ll be hosting the summer 2012 session of Hacker School in the Etsy headquarters, and we’re providing ten Etsy Hacker Grants of $5,000 each — a total of $50,000 — to women who want to join but need financial support to do so.

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.