Sarhai Raheim is one of 50 girls competing in AT&T's Cuse Girl Hacks.
"I think it's way better for girls now that we have a coding club in school, and computer classes in our high school as well," Raheim said.
While she feels more women are getting into the male-dominated field, she says there is still work to do.
The first all-girls hackathon, held at the Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School, encourages girls like her to get into, and further their knowledge of computer coding.
"My dream job would be working for apps, gaming," Raheim said.
The girls were given three different topics to choose from: cyber bullying, using social media for good, and of course girls who code.
"Choose a topic they are interested in, and they are going to create a project offering a solution to the problem they have chosen," said Pamela Puri, Tech 4 Kidz owner.
From there they go home with their own app.
The Tech Garden, which sponsored the event, says it was born out of the desire to encourage coding opportunities for girls.
"I think the age group is really important. Exposure at a young age makes them comfortable and confident really early, and it shows them some other things that are out there. I think awareness at a young age is really important," Puri said.
She continued, "They will make projects and they will learn, but hopefully at the end of the day they had fun and they think 'wow I had a great time coding, I want to go to another one of these events.'"