International
and all female
virtual hackathon

Our hackathon–Girls In Tech Hack–focuses on the curation of ideas that sets apart the entrepreneurs. We adept you with all the skills needed to illustrate and pitch your plans.
No coding needed to win - we want innovation.

You must sign up to be part of the hackathon. Sign ups close Friday June 18 2021.

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Code & No code

We are encouraging everyone to develop and share their ideas, regardless of previous experience.

Meet new people

Utilize the virtual setting to meet people from all around the world.

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Become an Entrepreneur

Develop a meaningful idea and learn how to present effective pitches.

Mission

Girls In Tech Hack is a code and no-code hackathon designed for middle and high school female-identifying students, trans and non-binary included, from diverse backgrounds and skill levels. Our goal is to create spaces where all students are inspired to learn new skills while collaborating on innovative projects.

Schedule

  • June 26 Saturday 2021
  • 10:00 - 10:30
    AM PST
    Opening Ceremony

    Keynote Speaker

  • 10:35 - 10:55
    AM PST
    Team Building

    Meet and greet

  • 11:00 - 11:45
    AM PST
    Workshop

    Intro to UI and UX

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    Workshop Facilitator:

    Christina Chen

    UX Design Intern at Cisco

    Christina is a designer, sometimes a developer. She designs security software at Cisco, and previously worked on design systems at RBC Royal Bank. She's also a current student at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada, in the undergraduate Digital Futures program. Fun fact – she's the creator of the "insta stories" Snapchat filter, which has 200,000+ plays.

  • 12:00 - 1:00
    PM PST
    Lunch

    At 12:45 "Intro to Figma" will hold office hours to help participants set up Figma

  • 1:00 - 1:45
    PM PST
    Workshop

    Intro to Figma

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    Workshop Facilitator:

    Clara Ujiie

    Designer Advocate at Figma

    Clara collaborates with bright, curious minds at Figma to enable design teams to deepen their craft and scale design at their companies. Though embedded in the digital space throughout the week, she has a love of all things print—letter-pressed goods, stationary, books, etc. She loves learning from and with others, and is always open to chat!

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    Workshop Facilitator:

    Michele Gee

    UX Designer for Alexa Enabled Devices

    Michele currently works at Amazon within the Device Design Group and is responsible for designing experiences across Alexa enabled devices. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a focus in User Experience design, and is a former Amazon UX Design Intern. As a native San Franciscan, Michele was part of the graduating class at Lick-Wilmerding in 2015 and seeks out burritos in the Mission whenever she's back home.

  • 2:00 - 2:45
    PM PST
    Team Building

    Game

  • 3:00 - 3:45
    PM PST
    Workshop

    Creating Strong Pitches

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    Workshop Facilitator:

    Dr. Sarah Lewis Cortes

    Information Security, Netflix & Co-Founder, Each1 Teach1

    Dr. Sarah Lewis Cortes is a Privacy Engineering and Assurance at Netflix, with responsibility for implements comprehensive privacy programs. She earned her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, studied Forensic Sciences at Boston University Medical School, and holds a PhD in Computer Science, Cybersecurity from Northeastern University, specializing in the Darknet, Privacy and Privacy Law as well as IT Security, topics on which she has published extensively. She conducts training and research with the FBI, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Digital Forensics Crime Lab, and other LEAs. She has implemented and overseen major security and privacy programs and operations in regulated industries, achieving compliance in SOC2, SOX, PCI and GDPR, and other laws and regulation and IT control frameworks.

    4:00 - 4:45
    PM PST
    Workshop

    Youth Female Empowerment

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    Workshop Facilitator:

    Izzy Lapidus

    Barnard college computer science major and girls in STEM advocate

    Izzy Lapidus is an astrophysics researcher and outspoken advocate for gender equality in STEM. As a 17 year old, Izzy interned in the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in NYC where she conducted research on brown dwarf binaries. Her team created their own algorithm in Python to analyze telescope images of brown dwarf binary candidates taken from the VLT. In February 2020, her team discovered brown dwarf 2M2351B, the companion brown dwarf to 2M2351A! Following this discovery, they determined that binary system 2M2351AB is 66 light-years from Earth, which is equivalent to traveling from Earth to the Sun 4,158 times. Fun fact: this discovery was made through an error in her team's code!

  • DAY 1 ENDS
  • June 27 Sunday 2021
  • 8:00
    AM PST
    Theme Reveal

    Shared by Email

  • 8:05
    AM PST
    Hackathon Starts

    Mentor office hours shared by Email

  • 9:00 - 9:45
    AM PST
    Workshop

    Brainstorming Ideas

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    Workshop Facilitator:

    Eva Sasson

    Head of Marketing, Argyle

    Eva Sasson is a marketing leader, impact investor, and startup advisor with 10 years of experience in technology marketing. Sasson grew her career on the marketing teams at Google, popular developer platforms Twilio, Sentry, and currently is the Head of Marketing at New York-based fintech startup Argyle. Sasson is passionate about supporting and promoting women in technology, managing several programs for girls and women in tech spanning from London to New York to San Francisco, and currently manages an impact-investment fund Primera Impact. A Bay Area native, Sasson holds a BA from Barnard College and a MSc from University College London. For fun, Sasson likes to make collage art, buy vegetables at farmer's markets, and take puppy Mikka for a walk.

  • 9:45 - 4:00
    AM-PM PST
    Work Time

    Mentor office hours are open on discord

  • 4:00
    PM PST
    Code Freeze

    Stop Coding

  • 4:00 - 4:30
    PM PST
    Submissions

    Devpost

  • 4:30
    PM PST
    Project Due

    Devpost

  • 4:30 - 6:00
    PM PST
    Judging
  • 6:00 - 6:45
    PM PST
    Awards Ceremony
  • DAY 2 END

FAQ

Where is Girls In Tech Hack?

Girls In Tech Hack is being held virtually and will be using zoom, discord and emails to communicate.

When is it?

Girls In Tech Hack starts June 26 2021 and ends June 27 2021. See our schedule here (all times are in PST).

Who can register?

Anyone who is currently a middle or high school student and is female-identifying.

Will there be workshops?

Yes! We will have various workshops throughout the day on topics that will help you create your hackathon project and build skills beyond. Learn about them here.

Do I need experience programming?

This is a code and no-code hackathon. No experience is expected or needed.

How can I become a mentor or judge?

We would love to have you as a mentor or judge! To volunteer please sign up here.

How big are the teams and can I work alone?

We require a minimum team of 2 and maximum of 5 students.

I already have a team I want to work with. How do I make sure we’re put together?

Our registration form includes a section about teams. If you already have a team, please include each of your team members’ full names and email addresses in that section.

I don’t have a team yet but want to work in one. How do I find a team?

Our registration form includes a section about teams. If you want to find a team, you’ll be prompted to answer a few questions about what you’re looking for in a teammate and we will be sure to match you up by the start of the hackathon!

Past Event

The Lick Wilmerding Girls In Tech Club hosted a 3-part panel series featuring women in the tech industry from companies including AllTrails, Twilio, Apple, Pinterest, AirBnB, Thirty Madison, and more!

Advisors

David Sasson

Mr. Sasson teaches creative code and design, with an enthusiasm for imaginative projects in technology. He is a strong advocate of representation in tech, having worked in technology for multiple startups, and so is delighted to serve as advisor and cheerleader for the Girls in Tech Club. Outside of school Mr. Sasson is an avid baker, and does plenty of running and hiking to support this confectionary habit.

Talk To Us

​If you have inquiries, comments or would like to get in touch please fill out this contact form and we will get back to you soon.