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Hack-A-Hair Dryer!

Hack-A-Hair Dryer!

An experiment in reengineering what matters in science

Girls don't like science? Women can’t code? Only men wear lab coats? It's hair-raising misperceptions like these that keep bright minds out of research labs, scrum teams and engineering tracks—leaving untold innovations on the shelf. It's time to blast away the barriers that women confront on a daily basis. Help us make a statement that it's not what people think of you that matters, it's how you think!

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Hack-A-Hair Dryer:
Dismantling stigmas in tech

Go inside the minds of three top IBMers as they discuss their hair dryer redesigns and why transforming the world through innovations is an equal opportunity endeavor.

Gallery of hair dryer hacks

Portable Breeze

IBMer: Kathryn McElroy
Known for: Designing Watson interfaces
Favorite tool: Soldering iron
Geeks out on: Inventing new wearable technologies

Toy Tractor

IBMer: Kimberly Greene Starks
Known for: Tough weather seeds
Geeks out on: Vintage radios
Stigma worth blasting: Certain toys aren’t for girls

Travel Steamer

IBMer: Nancy Zhang
Known for: Polymer chemistry
Geeks out on: Soft solid matter
Stigma worth blasting: Women are emotional reactors

Join the experiment


Light bulb drawing on blue background

Give a hair dryer a fresh new use.


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Take a video of your project.


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Post your video to social media. Tag it #hackahairdryer. Challenge your friends to see what they'd create.

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